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2013 VW Passat 3.6 SE
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The wife just bought this a month ago and it seems to have some strange electrical issues. Thanks for any help.
 

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My buddy bought one like that...all kinds of weird electrical stuff. Clincher was when he went to take the wheels off and they were corroded to the hubs and left the aluminum behind.
 

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I don’t know what it is about the Germans. They make beautiful machinery and optics but it seems like they really do struggle with pushing electrons through wires. Anybody else have a nav system that crashes or sends you in loops? How about a climate control that will literally run you out of the cabin with heat...when it’s off? That’s just cars. Other German stuff I used to sell was the same way. Eventually they get it right but damn, it seems to take them a while.
 

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Information you seek can be found from links below:

VW Passat Forums, Parts and Info Sources

So glad to no longer have to deal with VW Voodoo, so much so - like a boat another happiest day was seeing wife's Mint Daily Driver Passat leave to new sucker!!! er, ummh meant Owner! :smt044

Seriously plenty of info and what to look for at theses sources:

https://www.passatworld.com/

https://www.vwforum.com/forums/f55/

https://forums.vwvortex.com/forumdisplay.php?5001-VW-Model-Specific-Forums

Suggest you immediately invest in BENTLY Publications Hard Copy AND Electronic Copy of Service and Assembly Manual AND Vag-Com software and OBD dongle for use w Laptop.

www.germanautoparts.com is where We purchased VW parts, BENTLY Manauls, and called them in Clifton Park, NY for direction as too what to purchase for proper repairs and maintenance...

Important Note: DO NOT MIX SPEC'ED COOLANT with Parts Store/Big Box coolant if "Pink Coolant" used as if you do, forget about electrical issues as you will be creating an internal coolant gel that will clog up all internal coolant passages.​

=> Above is intended to offer assistance outside of that here on YB.

Good Luck.
 

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With this car. The parking lights will sometimes stay on when the headlights turn off. You have to make sure you turn off the lights. You can’t leave the switch on auto. The radio will periodically not work either.
 

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Information you seek can be found from links below:

VW Passat Forums, Parts and Info Sources

So glad to no longer have to deal with VW Voodoo, so much so - like a boat another happiest day was seeing wife's Mint Daily Driver Passat leave to new sucker!!! er, ummh meant Owner! :smt044

Seriously plenty of info and what to look for at theses sources:

https://www.passatworld.com/

https://www.vwforum.com/forums/f55/

https://forums.vwvortex.com/forumdisplay.php?5001-VW-Model-Specific-Forums

Suggest you immediately invest in BENTLY Publications Hard Copy AND Electronic Copy of Service and Assembly Manual AND Vag-Com software and OBD dongle for use w Laptop.

www.germanautoparts.com is where We purchased VW parts, BENTLY Manauls, and called them in Clifton Park, NY for direction as too what to purchase for proper repairs and maintenance...

Important Note: DO NOT MIX SPEC'ED COOLANT with Parts Store/Big Box coolant if "Pink Coolant" used as if you do, forget about electrical issues as you will be creating an internal coolant gel that will clog up all internal coolant passages.​

=> Above is intended to offer assistance outside of that here on YB.

Good Luck.
Thanks for the links. This car maybe getting a new owner before it’s all said and done.
 

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Thanks for the links. This car maybe getting a new owner before it’s all said and done.
You are certainly Welcome.

If the Radio is non-factory THAT alone may open Electrical Pandora's Box...1st thing I look for is OEM factory Radio AND factory only connectors everywhere on the VW...

Otherwise mis codes to PCM and other "exciting" electrical issues.

Join the forumns and Log-in to the above and copy paste your electrical issues to each and see if they can refer you to previous threads will save you much time & $$$

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buy one, you cheap fuck!

VW, POS from the get go,

corroded? flood car, you been scammed!
Re: Can someone run a carfax on this pile in my driveway

Yes and With all of the flood cars nationwide your OP request for CarFax is spot on. Hopefully someone here can assist w that.

Remember there are also "washed title" vehicles out there too FWIW.

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Illinois State Police
Phone: 630
Website: www.isp.state.il.us
City: Springfield
State: IL
Zip: 62703

Looks like something happened in 2017 where the state police were involved. Contact them and see if they have a record, based off the VIN, of an accident or other event involving the car.
 
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