Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Volkswagen Golf brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Volkswagen Golf Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 192004

Golf 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles


Had to replace the rear brakes around 38000 miles. Front brakes were fine but had to have the rear rebuild. Was told that the pads went out of alignment and had to be re-shimmed. I do think that this is a defect that VW should cover.

- Cedar Hill, TX, USA

problem #1

Jun 272002


  • miles
Unintended acceleration while in "park" in two occasions (car accelerated and jumped forward while being on "park" and while driver was braking). Jan 2002 limited damages// June 2002 significant damages.

- Houston, TX, USA

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