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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
82,095 miles

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2001 Volkswagen Passat lights problems

lights problem

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2001 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #1

Apr 112007

Passat 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,095 miles


On two separate occasions the connector and wiring harness providing power to the driver's side and passenger's side headlights on the 2001 Volkswagen Passat gls melted and the headlights failed. If I did not take immediate action the electrical short in these connectors may have triggered a fire. The driver's side socket/wiring harness melted and the wiring harness was replaced in October of 2004. The passenger's side socket/wiring harness melted and the wiring harness was replaced in April of 2007. While at the Volkswagen dealership to have passenger side wiring harness replaced I observed another Passat owner complaining of the same problem. A google search on the internet resulted in finding many other people that had this potentially dangerous problem as well.

- Rolling Meadows, IL, USA

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