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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
617,073 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 engine problems

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2001 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 102014


  • 180,220 miles


So I got rear ended at the other party's fault at high speed while I was at a stop sign and they neglected to stop pushing me into an intersection full of airbags deployed..and since my heater doesn't work but passenger seat heat burned my 12 year old daughters butt...anyone help? I just want heat for my babies..below zero here :( thank you!! [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Watertown , SD, USA

problem #2

Feb 182014


  • 101,000 miles
I was driving and I pulled into my parking lot and my engine caught on fire. I put it out with snow thank god or it would have been a lot worse. I always have coolant and oil and I checked it a lot cause of the freezing weather we have had recently had -30 for quite awhile. I called VW customer care and they were very worried about my safety at 1st then they had a product something guy call me after see the picture I sent them. I understand they have people always looking for a quick escape goat but this was a fire it could have been so much worse if there was not snow near by. I want my car fixed but I am more worried about the next person this could happen too. I should tell you after ask him if he just wanted to find the reason behind it he said no. Personally a car fire is not a normal thing.

- Wooster, OH, USA

problem #1

Nov 162012

Passat 6-cyl

  • 1,570,000 miles
Car had been sitting all day drove it once caught fire around 4am in the morning car total alot burn bad in the front. I had notice that some features were not working but I did not attribute it to a electrical problem according to the fire dept who came to put the blaze out.

- Chicago, IL, USA

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