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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 steering problems

steering problem

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1998 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 102000


  • miles


Loose steering there is noise everytime I hit the brakes and accelerate also when I go over bumps.the bushing of the all the control arms are gone.

- Cayey, PR, USA

problem #2

Apr 182000


  • miles
Sudden loss of engine power/electrical systems while vehicle is moving. Loss of vehicle control with no engine systems and no power steering assist. Saftey concern from rear end accidents from other vehicles and no avoidance control. Also, regular loss of power steering fluid requires constant monitoring.

- Forest, VA, USA

problem #1

Jun 111999

(reported on)


  • miles
Vehicle was stalling at highway speeds, and a loss of power steering occurred. Also. There was a short in the fuel pump because of faulty wiring.

- Cincinatti, OH, USA

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