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1998 Volkswagen Passat suspension problems

suspension problem

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1998 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 012001


  • Manual transmission
  • miles


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 #3

Oct 012000


  • miles
Wheel bearings malfunctioned, requiring new parts - premature wear.

- Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #2

Jan 292001


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Vehicle has a squeaking noise coming from suspension when steering or going over bumps or braking. Consumer stated the cause of the problem was failure of the bushings in the front lower control arms.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #1

Nov 242000


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Lower control arm has worn out, and front end needs to be realigned. Dealer has inspected vehicle. Control arms worn out due to defective bushings.

- Piermont, NH, USA

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