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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,000 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.

1998 Volkswagen Passat brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 072008


  • 68,000 miles


The ABS light stays on, the brake light flashes, the engine oil light comes on and the tachometer goes to 0 and stops working even though I am accelerating. The control module was the culprit and it would cost $1450 and there was no used part available and it is a dealer only part.

- Skokie, IL, USA

problem #3

Apr 102008


  • miles
As an oem safety feature, now I believe required, the ABS control module on my 1998 Volkswagen Passat, has failed, leaving this feature inoperative. Luckily for my self this has not become a burden or caused injury, but I'm sure that others are not as lucky as I have been.

- New Port Richey, FL, USA

problem #2

Jun 062005


  • 56,000 miles
My ABS computer failed on my 1998 V6 Passat. This seems to be a common occurrence and there should have been a recall on this defective part. It is dangerous and causes irregular braking and flashing dashboard lights.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #1

May 012007


  • 60,000 miles
ABS/ brake light are on, chimes sound when vehicle is turned on and won't turn off.

- Ventura, CA, USA

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