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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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,574 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.

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1998 Volkswagen Passat engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #3

Oct 011998

Passat Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Valve cover gasket failed.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 011998


  • miles
Window panel--prevents closing of window. Intake manifold oil leak (gasket).

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 131998


  • miles
While driving at 65 mph the engine shield fell off from under the vehicle, causing the consumer to lose control. Also, steering was very hard to steer, causing the consumer to pull to the side of the shoulder. The consumer look under the vehicle, and noticed the front of the shield was on the freeway, and the shield was rubbing up against the front tires.

- Mill Valley, CA, USA

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