I have an '02 2.8L V6 and it is difficult. I just had it done not more than 2 weeks ago. You can order the part at an auto parts store, mine was a bit over $200. Then I called places around town that could work on foreign cars and I had it fixed over night.
It was difficult on my car because the V6 engines have the alternator on the right side under the engine, BUT if you have the 4 cylinder engine it at the very top and easy to access and should not take as long as it did for me.
Also I have been checking eBay for a starter on my car and noticed that alternators are a lot cheaper 2nd hand.AnswerI am now in the market for this repair. My non-VW dealer has quoted me $700 for the part and about 8 hours for labor, so my guess would be yes, much more involved than a US-made car. Never will I buy a VW again! AnswerI don't believe so. You can try the link at the right for detailed DIY instructions. It helped me. This question has also been asked before and you may find help in the FAQ list.
Beneath the alternator
labor time is 2.5 hours
That you'r cars alternator don't work properly ! eithter the "fanbelt" is broken or the alternator coal is bad .
remove fan assembly (allen head bolt is in the back in a hole) - Jay 2004 passat tdi
According to the owners manual, 2005 Passat TDI timing belt needs changing on the 100,000 mile service.
If that's dollars it is.
If your 1997 Passat dies sometimes, you might have an issue with the alternator not charging the battery. You could also have a problem with the distributor or the coil.
On a V6 it's in the passenger side bottom behind the alternator.
I just had my alternator replaced (at a shop). They told me the mechanic had to "rip the entire front end off" to get to it.
On my 90 VW Passat there are a total of 4 bolts that hold the alternator in place. Two at the top left are associated with the slotted metal bar that is used to slide the alternator back and forth to slip off the belt. The other two at the bottom (right and left) of the alternator are what you need to loosen to allow the alternator to pivot back and forth along the slotted bar. Loosen the top bolt first then the remaining two at the bottom to release the tension. You may need to use minor (hand) force to pivot the alternator then slip off the belt. Note you will need some long box mm wrench's to reach the bottom bolts. Remember also if you end up removing or changing your alternator that you disconnect the negative on your battery first.
i also own a 96 passat GLX VR6 and it is alot of work to change the alternator in a vr6 you pretty much have to take the front of the car off you need to remove the headlights to get to the raidator then you have to remove the radator to get to the alternator from there its a pretty simple process you need to remove the belt from the alternator then remove the bolts that hold it on and put the new one on and use a screwdriver to replace the belt onto your new alternator then you have to put the whole front of the car back on hope that helps
google search freds tdi page there is a lot of helpful info
Have a look at this site for a detailed guide to changing the timing belt and other servicing matters. http://www.taligentx.com/passat/
v4, it should be on top according to the manual. mine is a v6 and its on the bottom.
A passat towbar is defines as a towbar that has been designed and built specifically for use on a Volkswagen Passat. They come in several different styles, depending on the need of the customer.
The battery is most likely being over-charged. Check the alternator diodes or the voltage regulator.
Alternator is located on the front left lower side of engine, And yes it is a $#%@# to get at. I removed the front bumper asembly to gain acces to mine. After removing it took about 15 mins to change..
I guess that you are puzzled by the lack of a transmission dipstick....there isn't one! See the following site for an illustrated guide to changing/checking the auto-transmission fluid. http://www.taligentx.com/passat/maintenance/ Enjoy
Replacing a daytime running light on a VW Passat is the same as changing a headlight bulb. First prop the hood open and located the headlight housing. Removing the old bulb and replace it.
in British English the "boot" is equivalent to the American word for the trunk.
"Volkswagen Passat". It has always been "Passat" in Europe.
The thermostat is located behind the alternator. It sits in a hose assembly that comes from the engine. Simply trace the lowere radiator hose to the engine and you will find it.
the book says every 60,000 miles or four years whichever is the sooner.Rob
engine oil (with oil filter) approx. 4.4 qts
This has been made very awkward in order, presumably, to encourage the autotransmission to have a short life. See this site for the complete detail on changing the fluid and filter. http://www.taligentx.com/passat/maintenance/atfchange/ Hope that this is helpful.