Drivers side door lock fell apart.
Various lighting issues (exterior).
CAM position sensor.
Throttle body adjustments.
Radio display distorted.
Leaky valve cover gasket replaced.
Leaky coolant flange on the back of engine block - make of plastic!
Turbo return line developed a mysterious hole in it!?
The car handles very well for a front wheel drive car and is fun to drive. But the thing is so freakin unreliable and expensive to maintain, you end up hating it.
This car has left my wife stranded more times than I can remember. And we spent a lot of time and money on preventative maintenance as well. We were angry when we just spent $800 on a timing belt job, to find out a month later that the oil pump was shot - another $1000 please. SUCKS!
It might not be as bad if parts and labor were reasonable. But no, everything is like $500 starting, and higher. It's just insane! You may as well be driving a Porsche.
I've had 2 Audi's that are high maintenance as well, and this Passat has cost me more than both those cars together to keep on the road, and I've owned it the least amount of time.
The car is in the shop right now (12 days now), and they don't know what's wrong with it. But I know that it's going to end up being electrical problems. Either way, as soon as we get this car back (fixed or not) we're dumping it at the first seller or dealer willing to taking off our hands and count it as a loss. Obviously, I will never buy another VW again. Total CRAP! We're going to get an Infiniti I35 or a Lexus ES300.