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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,700 miles

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1998 Volkswagen Passat miscellaneous problems

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1998 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 112002


  • 41,100 miles


My name is lorenzo E. johnson, I am in the United States navy station in stuttgart, germany. I am in the process of purchasing a 1998 VW Passat from military sales, in mannaheim, germany. I have advised them of recall list before purchasing to take the vehicle to the nearest VW dealership to fix the problem. From reading information from the past owners, they experienced many problems. Since, I am stationed in germany could I take my 1998 Passat to germany VW dealership in stuttgart to replace all recall parts? I do believe replacement of recalled part. I still have my 1986 jetta gl today from your past information. However, here's the information: No safety defect mentioned. ***dimsii IVOQ entry posted after 12-12-02 cut over to artemis***763021

- Apo Ae, NY, USA

problem #2

Aug 072002

(reported on)


  • miles
Consumer states air radio is in locked out safety mode. Remote key is inoperative.

- Bahrain, 00, USA

problem #1

Feb 282000

(reported on)


  • miles
Car owner has called 3 dealers and volkswagan constantly since October safety defect listed in summary.

- Haverhill, MA, USA

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