MIL lit on 2005 passat glx wagon...and it's running "putter-y"?


Asked by Feb 09, 2015 at 04:23 PM about the 2005 Volkswagen Passat GLX Wagon

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

my husband and i have a 2005 vw passat wagon glx that is running oddly. When you
accelerate from a stop, it putters almost like the gas isn't getting to the engine quickly
enough....once at driving speed, it seems okay but will occasionally putter like at take-
off.  Then a few days ago, we started it and the MIL (malfunction indicator lamp) was
lit and didn't go off. I checked the manual in the glove box and it said it was an
indication of an emissions related problem...any ideas of what it could be?

2 Answers


ok for starters what type of engine does it have in it ? 2.8L , 1.8L, 2.0L, excetra... this will help problem solve the issue. Also first thing i would check for a emissions issue is get your hubby to roll under the car behind the drivers side wheel and look for a 1 inch pipe that comes down and goes under the rear subframe and leads to the front of the car. This line is a comman rot out in these cars and it should run from the charcol emissions can.

Chris Van Kleeck

"Putterning" makes me think that the car could be misfiring. A GLX should be the 2.8 V6, so that could be ignition wires or coil. Sometimes an ignition wire, when removed for inspection, can have oil coating from an internal valve cover gasket leak, so that should be addressed along with the wire if that's found to be the problem.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Search Volkswagen Passat Questions

Volkswagen Passat Experts

#1 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 1,030
#2 tenspeed
Reputation 900
#3 littlehorn
Reputation 890
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Volkswagen Jetta"
669 Great Deals out of 32,712 listings starting at $1,200
Used Honda Accord"
1,308 Great Deals out of 78,748 listings starting at $1,395
Used Toyota Camry"
1,644 Great Deals out of 99,025 listings starting at $895
Used Audi A4"
346 Great Deals out of 13,049 listings starting at $1,500
Used BMW 3 Series"
1,696 Great Deals out of 39,944 listings starting at $888
Used Nissan Altima"
1,492 Great Deals out of 88,167 listings starting at $1,195
Used Honda Civic"
1,173 Great Deals out of 59,023 listings starting at $1,300
Used Audi A6"
147 Great Deals out of 6,634 listings starting at $1,995
Used Ford Fusion"
1,453 Great Deals out of 79,639 listings starting at $1,450
Used Volkswagen GTI"
115 Great Deals out of 6,148 listings starting at $2,900
Used Volkswagen Golf"
38 Great Deals out of 2,698 listings starting at $2,250
Used Volkswagen Touareg"
45 Great Deals out of 2,480 listings starting at $3,799
Used Hyundai Sonata"
988 Great Deals out of 51,966 listings starting at $1,200

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Volkswagen Passat For Sale
10,823 listings starting at $16,925
2016 Volkswagen Passat For Sale
15 Great Deals out of 2,198 listings starting at $12,795
2015 Volkswagen Passat For Sale
84 Great Deals out of 3,700 listings starting at $8,999
2014 Volkswagen Passat For Sale
32 Great Deals out of 750 listings starting at $9,895
2013 Volkswagen Passat For Sale
51 Great Deals out of 1,193 listings starting at $5,999