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2.6

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,286 miles

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1998 Volkswagen Passat suspension problems

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1998 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #21

May 162005

Passat 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 930,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The lower control arms on my 1998 VW Passat are defective and dangerous according to my mechanic. VW refuses to replace them even though there was a recall for these parts. The reasoning is that: - I brought my car in for the recall at their dealer in February 2005 and at the time the parts seemed ok. - at this time, their dealer has reinspected the car. The VW dealer thinks that both lower front control arms on the car need replacement. However the parts are not about to fail and the car is still driveable and thus VW will not pay for their replacement. My mechanic states that the car need to be replaced and the car is dangerous to drive in this condition. Please advise whether VW is responsible under the "revised-vm (40G3) - December 2004" recall campaign to fix these. Thanks.

- Hillsborough, NJ, USA

problem #20

Mar 012005

Passat

  • miles
'recall campaign' for Volkswagen Passats front suspension lower control arms. This problem had caused extensive damage.

- Somers, CT, USA

problem #19

Mar 042005

Passat 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 80,000 miles
My lower front control armes are very squiky and bolt joint boots are ripper. I was about to replace the myself but just before I called VW and found out about the recall on front lower control arms. After 5 hours with my car they told me to come and pick it up. I discovered that only vacuum line was replaced and nothing was done to my control arms. I went over water and the squik was gone at the time the car was at the dealer. So they didn't hear anything. But the rubber boots are still turned appart!!! the manager and the guy who worked on it told me that we didn't see any problem with your control arms. And the recall has been performed. The squik came back the next day, and I know that ruber boots are still ripped on the control arms. Called vwoa and explained the problem. They said that they trust the diagnostic made by their authorised dealer. Because the dealier didn't see any problems with control arms the recall is closed now. They wouldn't reimberse the cost of replacement of control arms even if I go to the different dealer.

- Calgary, 00, USA

problem #18

May 012003

Passat

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Faulty lower control arm. The consumer heard a noise coming from the front suspension.

- Gorham, ME, USA

problem #17

Dec 182003

Passat 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 103,500 miles
Dec 2004, the driver side lower control arm snapped in two, sending the front end of my car to the ground. Luckily, I was in the driveway as many are telling me (even the dealer) that it would have been deadly at higher speeds. 2 years prior I had eeking/moaning/groaning in front suspension. Dealer said nothing was wrong, as I paid to have the sound checked out. I've seen many many complaints about these sounds being related to lower control arm failure, although I haven't seen anyone w/ one that actually broke like mine! very scarey... after some fighting (my car as 103K miles) with the dealer and vwoa, they ended up replacing lower control arms at no cost to me. However, I did end up with a $1250 bill for other suspension parts in the front (tie rod, sway bars, link arms). Damage was also done to under side of my car from slamming to the concrete.

- Englewood, CO, USA

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problem #16

Aug 102004

Passat 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,200 miles
1998 volkswagon Passat 1.8 turbo 39, 250 mileage. Front end noise, reduced control in handling, resulted in the replacement of all control arms & tie rod ends on driver side- the lower found to have corrosion in the socket.

- Glenview, IL, USA

problem #15

Jun 302004

Passat 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 71,315 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I purchased a pre-owned 1998 VW Passat sedan with 36,000 miles on it in 2002 which was a great deal!! or so I thought. Since that time I have started hearing a noise coming from the front right tire.. or suspension.. like a creaking, crunching, knocking noise. I took it to a VW dealership and was told that the control arms on the right and the tie rods needed to be replaced. I found out that the tie rods had been recalled and the ones on my vehicle had been replaced under that recall in 2001, but had again worn out. I find it hard to believe that tie rods would wear out over a 3 year period since the car barely has 70,000 miles on it. I have viewed this website and found over 200 complaints concerning this problem and am curious what VW plans to do.. wait until someone dies when a control arm snaps? VW needs to recall this item now!

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #14

Feb 172003

Passat 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Defective tie rod assembly and lower ink arm-N and lower control arm-N caused potentially dangerous steering condition and made loud grinding noises.

- Florence, MA, USA

problem #13

Jul 102002

Passat

  • miles
Lower control arms creak - cause for a safety concern.

- Saugus, MA, USA

problem #12

Jul 082002

Passat

  • miles
Lower control arms and sway bar links failed at less than 50,000 miles. This severely reduces steering capabilities and poses an imminent threat. Volkswagen of America knows of this problem and has redesigned the arms in later model Passats. However, they have not issued a safety recall.

- Newtown Square, PA, USA

problem #11

Oct 012001

Passat

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

When turning wheel there was noise at the front of vehicle, dealer determined that the bushings needed to be replaced.. consumer states he replaced the tie rod end.

- Bemus Point, NY, USA

problem #10

Feb 012002

Passat

  • miles
Head gaske leaking oil can cause slick freeways causing accidents. Lower control arm failure can cause sudden death of vehicle in motion.

- Saratoga, CA, USA

problem #9

Dec 202001

Passat

  • miles
The lower control arms on the 1998 VW Passat have failed, something that was known under a technical service bulletin from Volkswagen on May 31, 2001 (tsb: C 40-01-01). Volkswagen has not responded to me as to whether they will pay for this known problem in their vehicles yet.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #8

Oct 022000

Passat

  • miles
After approximately 23,000 miles, the lower control arms on my 1998 Volkswagen Passat failed. Symptoms of the failure are squeaking and/or clunking noises from the front suspension. My dealer determined that the ball joints on both front passenger-side lower control arms had failed, requiring replacement of both control arm assemblies. The cost of replacement is approximately $900. The lower control arms are not normal wear items. Volkswagen should recall the affected cars and pay for the replacement of the lower control arms.

- Irving, TX, USA

problem #7

Oct 152001

Passat

  • miles
Creaking/grinding from front end. VW service determined that lower control arm bushing(s) are faulty. $950 to repair. Contacted VW customer relations, after investigation, VW to pay 1/2 of parts and labour.

- Mansfield, MA, USA

problem #6

Oct 312001

Passat

  • miles
Lower control arms have been replaced 3 times already and started banging again after third repair. Part previously on recall but new part also does same problem. Many Passat owners have the same complaint. Thank you for your time.

- Jersey City, NJ, USA

problem #5

Aug 152001

Passat

  • miles
Lower control arm failures are very common on the Volkswagen Passat, causing unpredictable handeling. Volkswagen of America is aware of this. They have release updated parts and a tsb on this issue, yet refuse to pay for this important safety related defect. Please investigate and issue a safety recall campaign.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #4

Mar 152001

Passat

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
There is a creaking sound when turning the wheel both directions.

- St.Paul, MN, USA

problem #3

Mar 152001

Passat

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
There is a creaking sound when turning wheel in both directions. Consumer states that the creaks are also happening when going over bumps.

- St.Paul, MN, USA

problem #2

Sep 012000

Passat

  • miles
Lower control arms need to be replaced due to corrosion/rust even though the car is only 2 and 1/2 years old! makes horrible creaking/grinding sound. Dealer/service dept. Said it wouldn't affect my driving and was safe but after reading information on this website and others I'm not so sure. Read that this is a faulty/defective part and I should think that VW would replace it without me having to pay $300 per arm!

- Raleigh, NC, USA

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