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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,500 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 #2

Jun 192004

Passat 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,000 miles


While pulling out of a parking lot vehicle shook violently. Also, vehicle lost power. Simultaneously, check engine light illuminated on the dashboard. A mechanic examined the vehicle, and determined that an electrical problem was apparent in the engine compartment.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #1

Feb 132003


  • miles
While driving saw smoke coming out from under the hood. Pulled over, opened hood and saw vehicle was on fire. Vehicle suffered extensive damage. Also, throttle body and cv joints needed to be replaced. Vehicle stalles, misfired, and idle fluctuated from low to high.

- Albany, NY, USA

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