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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,927 miles

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2001 Volkswagen Passat accessories - exterior problems

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2001 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 082005

Passat 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,800 miles


Trunk lid lock broke about 5 days before the 8th and it slowly drained the battery. Without my knowing that that would happen I did not attend the problem right away. The charges from VW to fix are: Trunk-$ $120.85 battery- $318.18.

- Salinas, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 262004

Passat 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 57,982 miles
The trunk latch broke when closing the trunk normally and would not latch. There was no visible damage and the dealer said the inside components were shattered. I had to pay for the deductible because my extended warranty covered the item. I have heard of this happening to other Passat owners. Is this a manufacturing defect?

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #1

Oct 092003


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Trunk does not latch "bootlid open." Message on dash and warning beep after hitting bumps in road.

- Olmsted Falls, OH, USA

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