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VW Passat Family (NMS and B7) TDIs (2012+) Discussion area for the 2012+ Passat TDI (North American and rest of world versions versions). The North American model was previously codenamed NMS (New Midsize Sedan) and the version the rest of the world gets is sometimes referred to as B7.

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Old November 13th, 2019, 09:29   #1
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My wife and I have reached the breaking point with our Passat. It was fine before the emissions fix so we opted to keep it. After the fix, it has had four issues - heater core failure, aux pump failure, coolant leak from oil filter housing and, now, fuel pump failure. The first two were covered by warranty. However, the coolant leak was not as our warranty has expired (car has about 159,000 miles - it is our commute car). The fuel pump repair will cost at least $6000 and we have decided it's not worth it as this would exceed its blue book value so our mechanic was gracious enough to keep the car unrepaired until we decide what to do.

I have reached out to VW Customer Care but I'm not getting any help. Part of the problem is that we still owe on it. Now we're trying to figure out the best way to get rid of it and get into a non-VW car.

Sorry for posting here but I'm just airing out my displeasure. I will, however, appreciate constructive suggestions. No flames please.
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Old November 13th, 2019, 09:36   #2
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If its me.... Id upgrade her with CP3 pump and never look back.

I had 5 fuel pump failures with my 2014 JSW in 6 months alone and she did break down 2 weeks after me buying her. She also had one breakdown of fuel pump failure with first owner. So after the 5th.... mechanic finally find the fuel tank to be completely contaminated of mold/mildew in the fuel from buyback process that left her sitting for 2 years.... after they cleaned it up and fix her properly, I immediately upgraded it to CP3 and she runs so much better.

Passats are known for heater core failures..... I dont know why.... probably bad quality design.

Lets hope others can chime in with your other issues which I am not familiar with. I have 2015 Passat TDI myself and no issues besides infamous DEF heater failure shortly after I purchased her.


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Old November 13th, 2019, 09:46   #3
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Depending on what you owe, you may have to make up the difference. The car is worth very little as it sits. The fuel pump can be repaired for far less than $6k, though.

There may be some dealer near you that does the "push-pull-tow" deal where they take a trade on ANYTHING, but you should know that whatever you are upside down on loan wise will just be rolled into the loan on a new car (since I would assume you cannot pay for that either). This is how people end up owing more money on a car than it is worth, even if nothing "breaks" or they do not pile the miles on like you have.

Tough situation, no easy way out. There are lots of cars (good cars) you can buy for cash though. I just sold a very nice 2005 Jetta wagon for $3k, it has already lasted longer than your 2014 Passat, and will continue doing so...

I do not know your financial situation, but it probably isn't good for you right now.
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Old November 13th, 2019, 10:13   #4
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Thank you calimustang and oilhammer. At this point, we just want to get rid of the car. Too bad as the body is in great shape.

Yes, one of the options we're considering is trading it but it depends on the terms although this would be the quickest way to resolve this dilemma. The other is to pay it off (the wife is not too crazy about this) and sell/trade it but it won't be as quick.

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If its me.... I’d upgrade her with CP3 pump and never look back.

I had 5 fuel pump failures with my 2014 JSW in 6 months alone and she did break down 2 weeks after me buying her. She also had one breakdown of fuel pump failure with first owner. So after the 5th.... mechanic finally find the fuel tank to be completely contaminated of mold/mildew in the fuel from buyback process that left her sitting for 2 years.... after they cleaned it up and fix her properly, I immediately upgraded it to CP3 and she runs so much better.

Passats are known for heater core failures..... I dont know why.... probably bad quality design.

Lets hope others can chime in with your other issues which I am not familiar with. I have 2015 Passat TDI myself and no issues besides infamous DEF heater failure shortly after I purchased her.


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Depending on what you owe, you may have to make up the difference. The car is worth very little as it sits. The fuel pump can be repaired for far less than $6k, though.
There may be some dealer near you that does the "push-pull-tow" deal where they take a trade on ANYTHING, but you should know that whatever you are upside down on loan wise will just be rolled into the loan on a new car (since I would assume you cannot pay for that either). This is how people end up owing more money on a car than it is worth, even if nothing "breaks" or they do not pile the miles on like you have.
Tough situation, no easy way out. There are lots of cars (good cars) you can buy for cash though. I just sold a very nice 2005 Jetta wagon for $3k, it has already lasted longer than your 2014 Passat, and will continue doing so...
I do not know your financial situation, but it probably isn't good for you right now.
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Old November 13th, 2019, 13:04   #5
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Thank you calimustang and oilhammer. At this point, we just want to get rid of the car. Too bad as the body is in great shape.

Yes, one of the options we're considering is trading it but it depends on the terms although this would be the quickest way to resolve this dilemma. The other is to pay it off (the wife is not too crazy about this) and sell/trade it but it won't be as quick.
Where in NorCal are you? Would be interested in hearing what a dealer would offer you on trade in. I could be interested in picking the car up and fixing it for myself as a daily. Whatever the dealer offers, I could pad more on top of that if it's a super low ball offer.
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Old November 13th, 2019, 13:26   #6
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Will a dealer actually accept a broken down car as a trade-in?? I consider all dealer trade-ins to be lowball offers and I can't imagine how low they would go on a high mileage, broken down VW. My guess is that they'd offer 1 or 2 car payments at best. Best of luck.
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Will a dealer actually accept a broken down car as a trade-in?? I consider all dealer trade-ins to be lowball offers and I can't imagine how low they would go on a high mileage, broken down VW. My guess is that they'd offer 1 or 2 car payments at best. Best of luck.
Oh they most certainly will. Like I said, they'll just roll the upside down amount into the new loan. That's how people end up with a $20k Malibu that they owe $30k after owning it for six months. This happens more than you think. A LOT more.
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Old November 13th, 2019, 14:38   #8
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Boy.. I wish you were closer!.. I would pick it up for the same scenario as Matt.. good luck with whatever happens... and sorry about this!
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Old November 13th, 2019, 14:58   #9
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Thanks all for the comments so far!

Matt, I'll PM you.

Thanks,
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