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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,386 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 fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2001 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #6

May 252005

Passat 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 69,800 miles


Consumer ran out of gas on a two lane street going over a damn, there was no place to pull to the side when vehicle ran out of gas. There was no warning of low gas from the vehicle. There was no warning light, no warning tone, or warning of any kind. Gauge did not show empty or show the correct gas level. This happened in the morning on wendsday with two kids in the vehicle.

- Buford, GA, USA

problem #5

Jan 012003

Passat 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I own a 2001 VW Passat and have been having problems with a gas gauge for a number of years. The gauge is innaccurate and never reflects the correct gas level. I've reported the problem to the dealer and have been told that there is no recall, yet a recall exists for this make, model and year (NHTSA campaign id # 01V157000).

- Redondo Beach, CA, USA

problem #4

Mar 122004

Passat 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,516 miles
Fuel gauge has stopped functioning properly. Fuel gauge reads full at all times even when fuel level is less than full.

- Miramar, FL, USA

problem #3

Dec 202003

Passat 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,000 miles


The gas gauge is fluctuating the reading. Usually it states there is more gas in the tank then there really is. I have read that several others have this problem and are not included in the VW recall for this problem. I also am not in the recall because I have the 2 wheel drive model. I think VW needs to know this problem is occurring in more vehicles then just the 4 motion model.

- Cheyenne, WY, USA

problem #2

Nov 032003

(reported on)


  • miles
The sulfur in the fuel interacts with certain additives found widely. Sulpher becomes deposited on contact points of three fuel sending units mounted inside the fuel tank. This results in the fuel gauge's ability to read full while the fuel tank is empty.

- San Jose, CA, USA

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problem #1

Nov 242001


  • miles
Before taking vehicle into dealer to get recall 00-V-147-000 repairs done vehicle was running just fine. But after vehicle was taken to dealer for repairs, vehicle was acting just like defect mentioned in recall.

- Chevy Chase, MD, USA

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