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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4.3

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,627 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.

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2001 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #6

Aug 172004

Passat

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The accelerator sticks. You have to turn the vehicle off in order to stop. The consumer is responsible for the cost of the repair.

- Moreno Valley, CA, USA

problem #5

Aug 062004

Passat

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
While driving 40 mph accelerator pedal stuck to the floor. As a result, consumer had to put her shoe under the pedal an pull it up.

- Davis, CA, USA

problem #4

Jul 102004

Passat 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,760 miles
Car has twice, spontaneously and forcefully (july10 and July 12), accelerated as I removed my foot from the accelerator to prepare for a stop. Dealership service cannot evaluate the problem until July 22. Service rep can't tell me whether it's safe to drive the car, because she has no idea what may have caused the problem. There are several incident reports on this website, describing exactly the same problem, and in one case there was an accident-related injury. I'd like to see an evaluation of this problem in this particular model (VW 2001 Passat V), just to see how common it is, and to determine if a service recall is in order.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #3

Oct 262002

Passat

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving the throttle would sticks and causes the vehicle to accelerate. Consumer states loss of control has almost occur while trying to decelerate. Dealer notified. Provide further information.

- Oakland Gardens, NY, USA

problem #2

Apr 162002

Passat

  • miles
On acceleration, the accelerator pedal stuck to the floor, causing rapid acceleration. Had I not put the vehicle into neutral, it would have caused a crash. Accelerator remained "floored" for 15-20 seconds; it repeated consistently when I re-tested it.

- Andover, CT, USA

problem #1

Apr 162001

Passat

  • miles
While driving about any mph stepped off gas pedal and vehicle would not decelerate. Stepped on brake pedal, and vehicle will slow down. As soon as let brake pedal go, vehicle will accelerate again.

- Penfield, NY, USA

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