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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,285 miles

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1999 Volkswagen Passat brakes problems

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1999 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #17

Jun 052007

Passat

  • 48,000 miles

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

This complaint pertains to my 1999 VW Passat 1.8 turbo. I have been experiencing the same issue thousands of others have. The ABS and brake lights come on every time I drive the car. It is my understanding that this is a defect in the car and a serious safety issue as the ABS system is not functioning properly.

- Bothell, WA, USA

problem #16

Jan 062008

Passat

  • 75,000 miles
Normal usage on the car. At ~75K miles, the emergency brake light, ABS light, and traction control light blink and the dashboard beeps any time the car drops below 15 miles per hour. ABS module is faulty, due to defective design. Well documented issue on Passats of this era.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #15

Oct 052007

Passat

  • 108,000 miles
I drive a 1999 VW Passat sedan turbo. Out of no where one day my ABS and brake lights started flashing, they are always on now everytime I drive and do not go off. I am worried something may be wrong with my brake system but do not have any more money to put into my car at the moment since I have put thousands in since it was purchased.

- Sayre, PA, USA

problem #14

Oct 102007

Passat 4-cyl

  • miles

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

My ABS light on my 1999 Passat 1.8T comes on intermittently and stays on. When it does, the brake light also flashes. I can park my car overnight. When I restart it, it is off. After driving a short ways, it will come on again.

- Columbia, MO, USA

problem #13

Jun 012007

Passat 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles
ABS module has failed. This is a very expensive repair ($1400 for the part (!) plus labor) for a safety-related feature. In checking around the internet I am finding out that this is apparently a very common problem with this vehicle (VW Passat, late 1990S models).

- Solvang, CA, USA

problem #12

Sep 102007

Passat 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 102,000 miles
ABS module failure nothing lead upto the beeping and flashing of the ABS light (solid lit) and brake light (flashing). Occured after routine driving, simply pulling into work parking lot as usual, after short trip to eating. After some searching and browsing online leads me to believe the ABS module has failed as on many other Volkswagen/Audi models. Repair has not been done. Remanufacturing of module is around $200 and oem dealer replacement is said to be well over $1,000 dollars.

- Hagerstown, MD, USA

problem #11

Jun 112007

Passat 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 111,475 miles

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

ABS/brake light flashing; beeps initially when ignition is turned on. After having service center replace oil pressure sending unit, diagnosis determined to be failure of ABS control module. Not aware of this occurring in any other makes, and learn from complaints within and from forums and other internet sites that this is a common problem in 1999 VW Passat. Oil light, now, also comes on when brake pedal is applied, but goes off when pedal is released. Oil pressure & pump okay, as is oil level, but source of oil light/brake pedal issue cannot be determined.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #10

Jul 062007

Passat

  • miles
My 1999 Passat 1.8L has ABS and brake lights flashing intermittently with the chime coming on occasionally. There appears to be no degradation of braking but not sure if ABS is working or not. The condition seems to correct itself, but then restarts again within 10 minutes.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #9

Aug 082007

Passat 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,000 miles
1999 VW Passat 1.8 ABS light stays on.

- Melrose, MA, USA

problem #8

Aug 072007

Passat

  • miles
I have a flashing brake light that I understand could be a result of the ABS module failure. Research shows that ABS failure is very common and expensive to fix.

- Kingston, WA, USA

problem #7

Jun 052007

Passat 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles

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

ABS and brake light go on and off with no rhyme. Dealer has quoted me $1500 to replace. It seems that it should be a recall with so many having the same problem. I will send to have it rebuilt then quickly sell car and not purchase VW again.

- Kewaskum, WI, USA

problem #6

May 012006

Passat 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 84,000 miles
ABS warning light on - ABS not working.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #5

Dec 152006

Passat 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Solid ABS light/flashing brake light.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #4

Mar 292006

Passat 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,000 miles
: the contact stated the ABS, brake and oil lamps intermittently illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who determined the ABS module needs replaced although the repair was not made.

- Spring Lake, NJ, USA

problem #3

Apr 032003

Passat 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles
ABS brake light came on dash board, causing my ABS system to not function and I had it checked out, it turned out to be a busted ABS module.

- Toronto, 00, USA

problem #2

Feb 012005

Passat 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles
I have a 1999 Volkswagen Passat gls - I am driving at random speed. Chime comes on blasting. ABS light comes on and stay on. Brake light flashes (same brake light as when E-brake is engaged) chime keeps going. All goes away after about 20 seconds of driving.

- Sandy, UT, USA

problem #1

Oct 082003

Passat 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,377 miles
The ABS / brake light keeps coming on my dashboard. I took it to service to rod East Volkswagen (VW) and after charging me $75 they said there's nothing wrong with your car. The light is on everyday.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

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