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2001 Volkswagen Passat electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #1

Mar 312005

Passat 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Engine light continually goes on and off, when blinking on, the car shakes, as if it is about to stall, and a bad odor emits. When driving, the car would not exceed 20-30 mph, even when the gas pedal was to the floor. Brought the car to VW first time, they said the light came on because the car was idle for a day or so. The 2nd time, after going to an independent repair shop and having all the plugs replaced and a complete tune-up, same thing happened the next day. Independent shop said the only other thing was the ignition coils and that they were expensive. Called VW dealership(car is on extended warranty-less than 30 thousand miles & a 2001), waited 9 days before they could look at the car, however, the engine light was out again. I explained to them the problem, and all they said was that VW does not have a recall on the ignition coils, they replaced the newly purchased plugs again, and said there was nothing wrong with the coils"?" cost me $261 plus a rental car, but there was nothing wrong.

- Falmouth, MA, USA

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