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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,127 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 steering problems

steering problem

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1998 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #5

May 012002


  • 54,636 miles


Consumer disappointed with denial for reimbursement of repairs on 2004 VW-Passat control arm. Recall campaign; NHTSA campaign id number : 99V248000. The consumer made repairs to the vehicle for a defective steering and control mechanisms. The consumer was denied reimbursement because she did not provide proof of the 40,000 mile maintenance.

- Peabody, MA, USA

problem #4

May 182004

(reported on)


  • 100,000 miles
The consumer experienced problems with the steering. The tie rods were going bad and the mfr was calling for a recall for this problem, however the owner was told that the VIN# was not included.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #3

Mar 022003

Passat 4-cyl

  • miles
Problems with left side upper control arms link, sway bar links and lower control arm. Also the tie rod ends were replaced, there was a recall regarding the issue, however the consumer's vehicle was not affected.

- Northbrook, IL, USA

problem #2

Mar 272003


  • 46,000 miles
The vehicle experienced the same problem as stated in recall 99 V 248 000, however the vehicle identification number was not included in the recall.

- Northbrook, IL, USA

problem #1

Jun 031999


  • miles
Vehicle experienced failure of the control arm which broke causing damage to vehicle, prior to incident vehicle was inspected for noise, no repair made at that time, recall campaign (99V-248)was not completed, which would possibly have prevented the incident.

- Fort Washington, MD, USA

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