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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,000 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 electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #3

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 #2

Jun 132003

Passat 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 96,000 miles
Oil pump failure, faulty cd player, inoperative cruise control, ignition module. Many failures for such a new car. Warranty is good for 10 years 100,000 miles for original owner, 5 york 50,000 for second. Car was placed in service 2/19/98 we there fore missed the 5 year coverage by 4 months.

- Coopersville, MI, USA

problem #1

Aug 011998


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Computer control system and engine sensor failed causing light to illuminate.

- Fallbrook, CA, USA

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