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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,000 miles

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2001 Volkswagen Passat fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2001 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 042009


  • miles


Drive the car for long period of time and the outside start smell like oil it be smoking. The emission workshop light is on and smell like something is burning inside of the car. The heat and air be off and drive the car for a long period of time heat start coming out. Also when drive along time the numbers in front broad start looking like it going way.

- Raeford, NC, USA

problem #1

Sep 102005


  • 36,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Volkswagen Passat. While driving approximately 55 mph, the "stop vehicle do not drive", and oil pressure warning indicators illuminated on the instrument panel. The indicators remained illuminated until the engine was turned off. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer and they repaired the engine. The previous repair required the vehicle to remain at the dealer for one month. On three separate occasions, the vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for identical failures, but there were no resolutions. In addition, during rainy weather conditions, five inches of water leaked onto the front passenger side floor panel. There was electrical failure due to the water leakage that caused gear component damage. Recently, the contact received a recall notice that consists of installation of a drainage filter and fuel system component repair. The vehicle has not been repaired for these malfunctions. The NHTSA campaign id number was unknown. The failure mileage was 36,000 and current mileage was 85,000.

- Downey, CA, USA

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