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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,500 miles

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1998 Volkswagen Passat suspension problems

suspension problem

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1998 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 202007


  • 70,000 miles


Noise from left side control arm of a 1998 VW Passat 1.8T.

- Cleveland, OH, 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

Apr 142001


  • miles
Creaking clunking in front end, will probably replace most suspension components on this car.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #1

Jan 012001


  • miles
Catalytic converter replaced early on in ownership. Water pump, oil pump, timing belt replaced two months ago. Turbo replaced twice and still defective. Electrical problems with driver's side window, heated seat, trunk light. Suspension system bushings need replacement @ only 56,000 miles. Steering column replaced early on.

- Sussex, NJ, USA

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