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The TDI engine in VW Passat

The Passat CKRA engine is the not the same engine used in the Jetta, and Golf TDI. There are a few in the engine tuning, emission and fuel system vs the smaller beyond minor differences for the car. The VW Passat TDI engine is different because the car’s weight requires the use of Adblue fluid to meet emissions in all 50 and Canada. Adblue fluid is in the emissions system to break NOx. While this like a drawback, it lets the Passat is rated 1 mpg higher for city and highway vs. the lighter with a similar engine. See Adblue fluid and DPF FAQ for more on the emissions system and information on like storage, safety, and specs. Adblue is filled this port in the trunk, to enlarge the thumbnail. Since costs around $12/2.5 VW’s estimate of 5 gallons/15,500 means Adblue costs 0.155 cents/mile or about a every 6.5 miles. Your may vary! If everything else is and using the EPA estimate for mpg and VW’s for Adblue consumption (and VW’s 3/36k service in the USA includes Adblue refill), at miles you’ve saved $190 in fuel vs. a Golf-Jetta and $77 on Adblue. This is not a significant so consider it a wash. In case worried that this is a service, below is my video how easy it is to add adblue to a Passat

The engine itself also a slightly different fuel (1 vs. 2 electric fuel pumps, vs. piezoelectric injectors), and intake/exhaust The intercooler is an air-water unit of air-air intercooler.

The engine only use VW’s 507.00 engine oil. This is a oil approved for long life miles in a diesel engine and prevent any warranty challenges on engine oil claims. It’s very low ash. Too much ash shorten the lifespan of the DPF filter. the FAQ for the long answer on how ash will the filter. To the right is a TSB that engine oils that 507.00 spec, click to

Using biodiesel in a VW Passat TDI

The system is why VW does not approve of than B5 for use in their TDI. they’ve never approved the use of any than B5, the concern is that the combustion injection for the DPF filter can cause excess engine oil over the normal oil change of 10,000 miles. See the FAQ above the emissions system for a full Some states have bio mandates and in response to Illinois some biodiesel in the fuel, VW cover up to B20 in TDI registered in Illinois. To the is a thumbnail of the letter they out Feb 2013.

They cannot your car’s warranty of biodiesel use! Laws but generally speaking, if they a warranty claim on the engine or system claiming the fault was by biodiesel, you would have to them and prove that it caused by bad fuel. For more information about biodiesel and VW, see intro to biodiesel .

Check state and federal emissions before modifying your equipment. Again, see 1000q: and DPF FAQ for detailed information on the emissions

TDI engine problems

First, exact engine and some components are new although it’s to older models. Based off similar engines, here are of the most reported problems. have been a few complaints of pressure fuel pumps on this engine type and causing damage to the fuel system. There is not enough to determine the exact causes of failure beyond speculation and article will state the facts. For some theories on problems, please comment in the VW TDI forums. It would not deter me buying a TDI since all car makes, the ones made by the reliable have a few lemons and internet tend to spotlight problems, not the that are running fine. In the Passat TDI engine and HPFP is from the Jetta-Golf-Sportwagen. VW lowered the injection pressure, raised the line pressure, and changed the which may increase reliability. The HPFP has a longer stroke, its and bearing have a different and the pump body is slightly VW also changed the piezo on the Jetta-Golf-Sportwagen with solenoid for unknown reasons. The newest generation Golf-Audi A3 TDI engine changed to solenoid injectors. the engine is rated for the same as the Jetta-Golf engines, the turbo is smaller which brings on the slightly lower. Combined slightly different tuning, it for the heavier car.

In April 2013, VW extended the to 10 years/120k miles for the exhaust flap and issued a new replacement This flap is for the EGR. The is exposed to the elements and can seize. is not a recall and they will not it unless you have error for the exhaust flap.

VW Passat 9w7

The Passat uses VW’s bluetooth, the 9w7 module. It displays in the cluster display or navigation (if equipped), stores your book, voice dialing and caller id/call history, and wireless bluetooth streaming for music over the radio. For of the bluetooth shown over the system, see the FAQ articles on the GPS. are some demo pictures a RNS510. The RNS315 screen is a smaller and slightly different but has the functionality. Early RCD510 do not a phone button or menu on the but starting midway through the production, they do. This was a change. See 1000q: 9w7 bluetooth and features for more pictures and on functions.

The Passat come with 9w7 except if you have the because that unit with an internal bluetooth. to another radio will adding 9w7.


KESSY is Keyless Entry and exit SYstem. It unlocks the or trunk if you touch the handle and if the key fob is a few feet. Combined with the start button, it lets you and start the car without removing the key fob your pocket. This is of the SEL trim level. My only is that there’s a blank off on the steering column where the switch normally is, shown It would have been a look without the blank off If your key fob battery dies you can use the metal key to enter the car and the start will still work. For the time, the VW Passat has a remote starter as well. NOTE: normal for the engine to shut off the car is unlocked. See more on this in the section Why isn’t the engine start working on my VW Passat?

When you lock the doors outside, just press the on the door handle. Don’t put hand inside the handle pressing the button.

One quirk of is that if you leave the car without the engine off, the engine continue running. If a first goes somewhere else the key, the second driver notice that they have the key to restart the engine shut down (won’t

To answer one common question, the engine running you can lock the car the inside and it will continue to However, if the engine is running you lock the car from the outside the handle or fob. The only way to the car locked with engine (with KESSY) is to lower the lock the door using the switch, and then use the remote to raise the window.

NOTE: is a trunk valet switch in the If your trunk won’t check this switch. is not mentioned in the owner’s manual! for the tips ironpen)

VW Passat cable and adapter

VW’s cable is part of their Device Interface. It’s a port under the center that comes with an adapter standard. It gives control over iPod like playlist, shuffle, and etc. It also charges the You can buy other adapters with a end like USB, mini or 3.5mm. See 1000q: VW iPod and FAQ for detailed features of the MDI device. The also shows how to retrofit the MDI

What is the coming home on the Passat?

Coming home on the exterior lights when you the car. The idea is that you convenience lighting when you home and lock the car, the name coming home.

Is that real suede on the SEL seats?

No, it’s Dinamica, a quality brand of microfiber looks like suede. durable and fire/stain resistant with simple soap/water). The of the leather seating area is from leather which is more breathable. It’s as pill-free which means it wear better than fake-suede. Dinamica contains no — it’s made polyurethane fibers and recycled Dinamica is also found on Benz as an upgrade (and most also think real suede). You can read about Dinamica on their

What’s the tow capacity on the VW Passat TDI or manual transmission?

1000 165 lbs tounge weight

First, you have memory seats. was not on Canadian models. Even if you the coding to make the checkbox if you don’t have memory you shouldn’t have a highline module and this feature not work. To set the amount of tilt, set the brake, move the transmission to and turn on the ignition. Press the memory button and shift reverse. Adjust the mirror. The car remember which key fob you used for seat position.

How do I get the mirrors to get to a memory seat position?

To the power side mirrors to a seat position, once the is adjusted you turn on the key, set the brake, move the transmission to turn on the ignition, adjust the mirrors to the desired position, and hold the Set button for a second and memory number. You should a chime. (thanks for the tip darrelld) common question and answer on how to set the seat position to kessy

Why isn’t the engine remote working on my VW Passat?

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The owner’s doesn’t differentiate between a or unlocked car. Its procedure only work on a locked Therefore, if the car is locked, press once and engine start If the car is unlocked, press lock and engine start twice. If the car is in driveway or at the dealership, it’ll be unlocked which will the procedure describe in the manual to not (Thanks for the tip ironpen and darrelld!)

Also, it will shut off you unlock the car. This is how designed. Remote start is available with auto

Why isn’t my trunk release working on the key fob?

Check the lock button next to the pressure monitor reset It’s in the glovebox.

What’s the tank capacity in a VW Passat How much diesel will go in the tank?

On a fully drained emptied) fuel tank to fuel is spilling out of the filler, gallons. You won’t be able to add much unless you manually the tank and it’s very bad for the pumps to run them dry. people complain of not being to fill the tank all the way because of Diesel fuel foams more than gas and the tank is such that if there’s of foam, the fuel filler click off sooner than Slowing the rate of fueling the end will help fill the

The Adblue light came on, do I do?

Add Adblue fluid and then the key to the ON position for 30 seconds before the engine for the sensors to calibrate. read your owners because this one and many essential tips are covered in

Someone spilled Adblue It’s not corrosive to painted or carpet and will wash out warm water. However, if the wasn’t caused by you it means did the service is being messy or not the correct filling tools and clean it up for you. See the Adblue FAQ for details and fluid info.

Can I lowering springs for VW Passat?

Complaints and problems with the VW Passat TDI

My biggest and the most complaint is that some aren’t available. Xenon HID are a very common option in price range but you can’t them. These are planned to be in model year 2016, year 2015. A color display would have nice since it was on the last Passat and distinguishes it from the

There have been reviews that the new Passat’s is softer than the last This is true — the has been retuned in response to on the last Passat that it was too Suspension comfort is pretty and if you don’t like it the shocks and are pretty easy to change.

The 8 way power seat is limited vs. the generation’s 12 way power seats. The gen seat could move the of the seat up-down. The new seat front is fixed — the bottom back can move to bottom tilt. Also, the lumbar used to be able to front-back and up-down. The new seat moves the power lumbar The seats are still comfortable to me but they were adjustable in way.

The rear seat pass-through is a hatch with no — it just falls off in hand. IMHO, this is a mistake since this is one that people can see. secure because it has the latch on the top and two on the bottom but some people think that the assembly forgot to attach the hinge or misplace the hatch. Click to the thumbnail.

Early 2014, VW the low beam headlight bulb on cars manufactured from Jan 2012. This may be related to the of a hood strut allowing the to slam down and damage the The solution is a different low beam holder and inspection/adjustment of the hood This does not appear to be an with cars that had struts (they were mid 2013)

VW Passat TDI transmission ratios

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