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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,244 miles

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1998 Volkswagen Passat windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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1998 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 082006

Passat 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 71,000 miles


3 of the 4 side electric windows have failed during the past year.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #3

Apr 012003


  • 53,978 miles
Nar 04/07/2003 Mr. The timing belt, cylinder heads and the mass air flow had to replaced and the consumer is requesting reimbursement. In the past the consumer had to replace 2 window regulators, the sun roof opened and closed for no reason, the rear door would not lock, the windshield wipers did not work.

- High Point, NC, USA

problem #2

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

problem #1

Apr 232001


  • miles
Electrical short had affected window regulator and climate control. A tsb had been issued.

- Richmond, CA, USA

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