We have discussed TDI engines in previous posts. They’re certainly a main staple in most German and other European vehicles. The engine, even with its superior performance delivery, has been known to have problems. TDI engine failure in the Volkswagen Passat has been reported by numerous motorists. If you happen to own this full-size sedan, keep alert for signs of problems with this engine; and bring the car to a VW and Audi service provider if you experience difficulties.
Symptoms of Volkswagen Passat TDI Engine Failure
In the 2012, 2013, and 2014 models, owners have reported turbine problems in the 2.0 TDI diesel engine. This is especially the case shortly after having their car serviced or repaired. Engine failure has also been noted in fairly new cars after just 500 to 600 miles of use.
Owners have commonly noted the following symptoms before the engine gave out:
- A sound similar to a train whistle
- The sound of a nut rattling in a tin can
- A sensation like the engine was free-wheeling and not in sync with the actual boost.
- Black oily smoke emanating from the exhaust
Another Common Passat Issue
Most Volkswagen cars also use a direct-shift gearbox (DSG) transmission. Owners have reported metallic or metal-to-metal sounds when the car is in second or third gear. This is especially the case in warm climate areas. Common fixes include a synthetic oil change or even a complete mechanism swap. Unfortunately, the problem has been known to persist even after these fixes.
Don’t Settle for Just Any Auto Repair
As you can see, it’s not uncommon for Passat owners to experience the same problems shortly after a repair. This is why it’s imperative that you take your Passat to a VW and Audi repair service like Buttera Motors. Our story explains why we are Kirkland’s German auto repair specialist. Our crew is all too familiar with common TDI engine problems for the Volkswagen Passat and can provide the correct diagnostics.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
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