Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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2001 Volkswagen Passat engine problems

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2001 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #1

Nov 302005


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My 2001 Volkswagen Passat had a timing belt failure due to an internal component that caused the car to just turn off. This belt did not fail, but the component did which caused it to fail. Here is the concern: Just think if you are traveling in bumper to bumper traffic and this part fails, you are all done. You lose the car, nothing is available to get you over to a safe spot. Its just a matter of time when someone is traveling and this happens. Note - Volkswagen is aware of this issue and offers a upgrade kit to replace this part. Also, no where in their service guide lines will you be able to detect this part through the techs. I'm hoping by submitting this we make them accountable and to correct this issue. I do have the belt which shows that it did not fail as they pitched it.

- Torrington, CT, USA

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