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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,500 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 engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 182004

Passat 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 84,000 miles


(1) while driving down the highway at 60 mph the engine shut down and would not turn over again. I called a tow truck and had it delivered to my mechanics garage. (2) mechanic determined that it was the timing belt that went, and that Volkswagen had remanufactuered the tensioner and pulley for what ever reason. After buying new parts and rebuilding the head because the valves were destroyed upon contact with the pistons( naturally). After putting the engine back together with the new parts and rebuilt head, the cam seized up and blew the motor.

- Watertown, CT, USA

problem #1

Sep 172004


  • 77,000 miles
While driving 70 mph timing belt failed. Vehicle lost power and it vehicle was towed. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

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