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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,736 miles

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2001 Volkswagen Passat brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #2

May 152002

Passat 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 11,472 miles


Brakes vibrate noticeably when slowing down or stopping at variable speeds. Dealer replaced rear brake discs under factory warranty.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #1

Oct 012002

Passat 4WD

  • miles
My 2001 1/2 Passat has 20,500 miles. Started feeling slight vibration while braking from high speeds ie) 55 to 65 at 18,000 miles. Got worse over time very strong vibration at lower speeds 15 to 55 an that is when I took to car in for service. Felt as if the wheels were going to fall off, as well as, brake system failing. Took car to dealer at 20,500miles. Learn at 20,500 miles my car needs new rotors/disc and some brake pads because of warping. Warping? who ever heard of new rotors/discs on a new car at 20,500 miles for warping. I have since fixed the problem off course out of my own pocket because warranty does not cover "normal wear and tear" well this is not normal wear and tear at 20,500 miles. I have researched the problem in discussion boards on the internet and have come to learn many people are having the same problem. In fact the dealer mentioned he did see the same problem a few times. I think we have product defect here that needs to be microscoped. It involves saftey systems it involves lives. Car should be recalled for the problem and fixed at no cost or at the should be covered under the cars warranty.

- Garfield, NJ, USA

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