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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,253 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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2001 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 072008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles


I have had my 2001 VW Passat for 7 years now and have had it in the shop multiple issues including warped rotors (front and back), cracked chasse, electrical issues and various other problems. Before having this car, I had a Toyota for 8 years and in the 8 years I had the Toyota, I only had it in the shop for routine maintenance. This car is disappointing and everyone I talk to who has a similar model/year says the same thing. I think the 2001 VW Passat is a lemon.

- Westminster, CO, USA

problem #3

Nov 092007

(reported on)


  • miles
2001 Volkswagen Passat check engine and oil pressure lights illuminating. Consumer states that the vehicle also experienced a loss of power and engine made a whining noise.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #2

Oct 022001

Passat 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 12 miles
Dashboard lights - flicker - turn off and turn on while driving.

- Clifton , NJ, USA

problem #1

Oct 182006

Passat 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 111,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving various speeds, the instrument cluster panel lights illuminated. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer who determined there was a short in the airbag wiring harness, and needed to be replaced. The airbag and harness were replaced, but the problem persisted. The manufacturer was alerted.

- Holbrook, NY, USA

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