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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
102,487 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 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 202014


  • 104,435 miles


I was driving on I-95 at approx. 78 mph when the car suddenly says stop! brake failure! see Volkswagen service. In my research on the issue, I've found this happens on almost all 1998-2001 VW Passats and Audi A-4S. This needs to be addressed.

- Ashland, VA, USA

problem #4

Oct 112013


  • 152,000 miles
ABS module is out, can't get emissions passed unless I pay over 600 dollars. Also I don't have ABS, can't see if my check engine light means anything because I'm told it all gets re routed thorough the ABS module and can't get past that problem.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #3

Mar 032013

Passat 6-cyl

  • miles
Sending this E-mail to complain about the ABS module on my 2001 Volkswagen Passat they are no reason why it should be out, I believe its a defective part, should last longer other people I talk with say they have been thru the same problem. I believe Volkswagen need to have a recall on this ABS module.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #2

Jul 102012

Passat 4-cyl

  • 126,000 miles
Anti-lock braking system (ABS) module failure which causes permanent loss of anti-lock braking system.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #1

Dec 272011

Passat 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
Anti-lock brake control module failed causing "stop", and other lights to come on and stay on.

- Moon Twp, PA, USA

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