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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
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Average Mileage:
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1998 Volkswagen Passat transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #7

Apr 012004

(reported on)

Passat 4-cyl

  • miles

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

Volkswagen had not taken any action to perform three recalls on 1998 Volkswagen Passat. Letter answered by Mr. Alberto jimenez via email.

- Apo, AE, USA

problem #6

Jan 072004

Passat 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Car would not go in reverse. Finally after trying again it did and brought to mechanic. Probably a transmission problem. Towed to dealer. From then on its been a nightmare. Two weeks later and they still have my car. The transmission needed to be replaced (covered under powertrain), just about every day get a call that something else needs replacing. Was told that the mass air flow censor needed replacing and was covered. Gave approval. Week later got call that its not covered (any other store would have to honor the incorrect price tag and eat that cost-no-not the dealer!). all electrical problems. Error code flagged 10 problems when originally brought in. Outer cv boots worn, harness (some kind of electrical wiring going to censor), coolant hose, 2nd air hose. The electrical system in that car has been inferior since day one. Hoses and parts replaced within first month of owning new car. Inferior on VW and awful response from VW. Had recall on filter leading to air flow censor. Seems to me that the mass air flow censor is also problem and should be under recall. Have read prior complaints on this year/model and seems the electrical system itself is major problem.

- Elizabeth, NJ, USA

problem #5

Oct 242000

(reported on)

Passat

  • miles
The light for the transmission fluid was illuminated, the dealer replaced the transmission fluid indicator because it was defective.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #4

Oct 242000

(reported on)

Passat

  • miles

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

The light for the transmission fluid was illuminated, the dealer replaced the transmission fluid indicator because it was defective.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 291999

(reported on)

Passat

  • miles
Transmission malfunctioned, unable to be rectified. Mjs

- Stamford, CT, USA

problem #2

Jun 011998

Passat

  • miles
Transmission problems continually be experienced.

- Old Bridge, NJ, USA

problem #1

Oct 231997

Passat

  • miles
Transmission shifts ertically and noise develops between 20-27 mph after approx. 1/2 to 1 hour of use.

- Bronx, NY, USA

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