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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,980 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.

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2001 Volkswagen Passat fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2001 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #5

Feb 012005

Passat 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles


NHTSA 01V157000 sites a problem with the fuel tank gauge my vehicle absolutely has this defective part. The gas gauge will record 280 miles then after driving a few hours it will say 380 miles left for fuel then in a 30 mile distance it will plummet down to 60 or less. The car is a 2001 Passat and neither the dealership nor Volkswagen of America has this as a recall as of 08/04/05

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #4

Nov 012004


  • miles
The vehicle had a faulty fuel sending unit. Recall#01V157000.

- Laguna Niguel, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 132002

Passat 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 14,900 miles
Original tires Continental 195/65R15 91hch95 dot lmpcpxbu2300. Consumer heard a loud flapping noise, pull over looked all around car and didn't see anything. Consumer proceeded to drive noise returned with a small pop, then it was quiet again, then three minutes later noise returned even louder. Consumer pulled over and the right rear tire had completely come off of rim, the tire blowout damaged the fender lining and damaged the fuel tank, the repairs were not covered by the warranty or extended warranty despite the fact that VW Passat's for year 1997-2000 have been recalled for this problem, recall campaign id # 02V-026.

- Bethesda, MD, USA

problem #2

Jun 012002


  • miles
Consumer took the vehicle to the dealer regarding gas tank sender replacement due to recall (01V-157). After recall was done it failed again.

- Smithville, NJ, USA

problem #1

Mar 172001


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
A blowout caused two punctures through fuel tank and severe fuel leakage. Dealer / manufacturer notified, and repairs were being made under its warranty. Tire was a Continental, size P195/65R15, dot# lmpcpxbu.

- Rohnert Park, CA, USA

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