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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,375 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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1998 Volkswagen Passat windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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1998 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #8

Oct 072004

Passat 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 75,000 miles

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

Water leaks into drivers side floor, relay failure and resultant defroster failure. Mildew, respiratory distress, uncontrolable sneezing, and resultant difficulty with vehicle control. Entire carpet replacement. Cost over $1000 with labor.

- Spring Valley, NY, USA

problem #7

Feb 012002

Passat

  • miles
Window trim can fail, leading to "loop/noose" which can kill children/passenger.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #6

Nov 062001

Passat

  • miles
Window glass was broken by a rock. Problem exists in size and shape of tempered glass crumbs. Lots of tiny shards, less that 1mm, very sharp and dangerous. Extra expense incurred in cleaning interior.

- Shorewood, WI, USA

problem #5

Apr 042001

(reported on)

Passat

  • miles

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

Driver's front and side doors had trouble opening and closing.

- Fulton, NY, USA

problem #4

Mar 152001

Passat

  • miles
Driver's side back window had trouble opening and closing. Currently, driver's side front window had trouble opening and closing.

- Fulton, NY, USA

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problem #3

Nov 252000

Passat

  • miles
Windshield cracked without any road damage. Verified by dealer!

- Concord, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 011998

Passat

  • miles
Window panel--prevents closing of window. Intake manifold oil leak (gasket).

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 201999

Passat

  • miles
I read on 3/19/99 some reviews by owners of Passats on the internet (while I was searching for comments by owners of the Honda odessey min-van). Unfortunately I cannot find the website again. However, while there, two people had asked questions relating to windshield cracking during a test drive by a well known magazine (I think it was car & driver) for the Audi A4, basically the same car as the Passat. The question was had anyone experienced such cracking. I was shocked on 3/20/99 to get into the car and see the 10-inch crack which was not there the day before. So I've been searching the www without success to find the comments from the message boards I read last Friday.

- Reno, NV, USA

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