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2.4

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,875 miles

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1998 Volkswagen Passat brakes problems

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1998 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #11

Aug 082005

Passat

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Morrison auto group repaired rear brakes as they were stuck. After this repair the ABS light, brake light, oil light came on blinking. The tachometer also zero's out. A warning noise also occurs. This happens intermittently. While this warning light is on the ABS system is disabled. Braking works but no ABS available. I live in Alaska and can't have my car without ABS esp during critical times of braking. I have read on tech forums for this type of car that this is a widespread (more than a handful of cars). The exorbirant cost of this repair (as stated by others) for something that should not be failing within its lifetime.

- Anchorage, AK, USA

problem #10

Oct 012003

Passat 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 24,000 miles
ABS module warning light & alarm indicate failure of ABS

- Santa Clara, CA, USA

problem #9

Jun 172003

Passat 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,000 miles
1) normal driving, highway speed. 2)ABS warning light, ABS failure upon testing, annoying brake/ABS lights and warning tone 3) repaired ABS control module through repair service. Not through dealer

- Santa Fe, NM, USA

problem #8

May 142005

Passat 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

ABS light and brake light comes on when I start the car and it stays on while I drive my car. The brake light blinks continuously and in bad weather you can feel that ABS is not working. From VW Passat forms I understood this is a common problem with 98+ Passat models. I talked to some local shops and they told they are familiar with this problem and I have to take it to the VW dealer. I talked to a dealer and they told me it is $150 to check the problem and if the problem is related to ABS circuit or something then it is going to cost me around $2000+. that is around 25% of my cars current value and from my understanding lot of people are facing the same problem. It is a safety issue and I am very disappointed about VW's reliability.

- Addison, IL, USA

problem #7

Jun 102005

Passat 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 83,730 miles
ABS and brake light intermittently light up and sound an emergency. I've taken the car to two garages, and neither place can determine the problem. Sometimes I cani feel my ABS system lock up if I am turning (not in any wet conditions); and in those occasions, I was fortunate that no cars had been coming toward me B/C I was unable to gain control. Neither mechanic saw any fault in my brakes, brake pads, shoes, etc., so there is something electrical to blame; and this is a complaint heard often with 1998-1999 VW Passats. Either way, nothing has been done to correct the failure, only $300 in diagnostics.

- Plainsboro, NJ, USA

problem #6

Jun 022005

Passat 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 89,000 miles
1998 Passat 1.8T B5 bodystyle. Bough car at 88,000 miles used from a dealership who inspected it. ABS abd brake light go on and stay on for an extended time. Passatworld website shows hundreds of people wiht this same problem VW needs to do a recall. Part are too expensive for me to fix.

- St. Paul, MN, USA

problem #5

May 242005

Passat 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 79,890 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Our 1998 Volkswagen Passat gls 4 cylinder sedan (80K miles) had intermittent warning lights go on for the ABS system and the brakes. The manual states that when the warning lights go on the ABS system is disabled and that the car should be serviced immediately. There was no regular pattern to the lights coming on, but once it started it happened virtually every trip at different times. I drove for about a week with the light on with no apparent loss of braking ability. I did experience a failure of the ABS system while the light was on (on a hill on a rainy day) and so determined it should be repaired. We took the car in to the local dealership and they could not diagnose the problem until the warning lights were on. We came back with the warning lights on and they told us we needed to replace the ABS control module at a cost of $2600. We went ahead and did the repair. We did not keep the previous part. We are distressed that a single part from a safety system is so expensive and that the problem is widespread in Audi and vws. Visit any online car forum and it is filled with stories of this repair. Because this is a safety issue I feel Volkswagen be alerted to this issue and a formal complaint should be registered about this safety system malfunction.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #4

May 202004

Passat 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Daily driving conditions the ABS light comes on with audible warning and the brake light blinks continuously. Root problem is the ABS electronic module that is malfunctioning. This is a very common problem as much web research has been conducted through online Passat forums.

- Salt Lake City, UT, USA

problem #3

Aug 012004

Passat 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 80,000 miles
ABS light and brake light comes on intermittently indicating ABS failure.dealer said it is a bad ABS computer $1500+ 2 to 3 hours of labor. This started this month and goes on and off.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 052004

Passat 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,500 miles
ABS light in my 1998 Passat glx will come on intermittantly along with the brake and low oil lights. Wrote president of VW of America and was told they would not help. They want to replace ABS module at $2200. The web is full of folks with the same problem. The part must be defective...there should be a recall.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #1

Oct 012003

Passat 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 48,500 miles
ABS and brake lights go on and off sporatically on my 1998 VW Passat. Dealer says ABS control unit (VW part no. 8E061411Q) has gone bad. VW of America refuses to cover it even though car has less than 50,000 miles. Replacement cost is about $2500.

- Springfield, VA, USA

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