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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
114,790 miles

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2001 Volkswagen Passat fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2001 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 162015


  • 90,000 miles


Vwofa have not taken steps necessary to facilitate this fire hazard recall!

- Juneau, AK, USA

problem #2

May 182013

Passat 4-cyl

  • 176,000 miles
2001 Passat 1.8T manual transmission developed fuel leak on the firewall attachment area, on the middle line directly over catalytic converter; car compartment smelled heavily of gasoline. Stopping car and inspecting the fuel line showed the crack. This is a very serious issue and was very lucky in this case not to have car on fire. Please investigate this as there seems to be related recalls from VW on this issue. I'm scared to have kids on board the Passat.

- Santa Rosa , CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 232012


  • 78,370 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Volkswagen Passat. The contact noticed that the fuel gauge indicated that the vehicle had more fuel than what was actually in the tank. The vehicle was taken to a repair shop where the mechanic found the failure in the fuel tank level sending units. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 01V157000 (fuel system, gasoline: Storage: Tank assembly) but was advised by the manufacturer that the VIN was not included in the recall. The current and failure mileage was 78,370.

- Bartlett, IL, USA

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