Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
89,500 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Volkswagen Passat AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2001 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #2

May 012007

Passat 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 107,000 miles


Air conditioning issue: In the summer of 2006 my air conditioning was going out. The dealership changed the fan and it appeared to all work. The summer of 2007, (now) my car is in the shop again with ac problems that cannot be diagnosed because they can't find an error code. When the air went out, the lcd readings on the climate control system looked like scrambled digits. Doesn't work, and the shop can't seem to find the problem.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #1

Apr 112006

Passat 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles
: the contact stated with the windows rolled up in the rain, water is leaking inside the vehicle. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection. However, the contact suspected the pollen filter in the air conditioner was the cause.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

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