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2.8

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,600 miles

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2001 Volkswagen Passat lights problems

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2001 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #10

Mar 032013

Passat 6-cyl

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Sending this E-mail to complain about the ABS module on my 2001 Volkswagen Passat they are no reason why it should be out, I believe its a defective part, should last longer other people I talk with say they have been thru the same problem. I believe Volkswagen need to have a recall on this ABS module.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #9

Dec 152010

Passat 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Same turn signal issue as 04V584000 recall - turn signals and hazards worked periodically. Now they have stopped working all together.. NHTSA recall 04V584000 for other VW models of this year, but not Passat. Is common for this year of VW Passat also per my internet research. VW Passat needs to be added to this recall.

- 33417, FL, USA

problem #8

Mar 312011

Passat 4-cyl

  • 155,000 miles
Wiring and connectors for both headlights have melted under normal usage.

- Grants Pass, OR, USA

problem #7

Feb 172011

Passat 4-cyl

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Headlamp wiring harness melts.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #6

Mar 012009

Passat

  • 100,000 miles
The interior and exterior of the lenses of both headlight assemblies of my 2001 VW Passat station wagon have become very clouded. The result is that the brightness of the headlight is greatly diminished leading to unsafe driving conditions at night. I have cleaned and polished the exterior of the lenses and that helped somewhat but cannot do anything about the interior. The only solution is to replace the whole headlight assembly. It has gotten progressively worse over the last 18 months.

- Fairfax, VA, USA

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problem #5

Jan 012007

Passat

  • 90,000 miles
I am the original owner of a 2001 Volkswagen new Passat. The headlight lenses that came with the car have clouded so much that the headlights barely illuminate the road. This is a dangerous situation and they need to be replaced. I have spoken with other Passat owners from the similar years and they have experienced the same issue. I believe VW should be forced to issue a recall on the headlight lenses, and offer to replace them for free. Who knows how many accidents have occurred because the owners of these vehicles are not seeing the road well at night. The date below reflects when I first noticed the clouding in the lenses.

- Flemington, NJ, USA

problem #4

May 072007

Passat

  • 30,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

When attempting to adjust headlights, the plastic gears break easily rendering the headlights non-adjustable. The headlight lens also discolors easily reducing transmitted light level. The electrical supply also appears inferior as bulbs blow very quickly. The bulbs last less time than any other vehicle known in 30 years.

- Litchfield, NH, USA

problem #3

Sep 232005

Passat 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My VW Passat is only 4 years old and I have already replace my exterior headlights/tailights replaced 9 times. This is unacceptable and the dealer along with the VW customer care says there is nothing they can do about it. Basically, I have to keep paying to get new headlights that only last about a year.

- East Chicago, IN, USA

problem #2

Nov 142003

(reported on)

Passat

  • 5,000 miles
Rear lights simultaneously go out, they include tail/brake/ reverse, and stop lights. The cause of the failure is undetermined, although the vehicle has been serviced 9 times for this problem.

- North Charleston, SC, USA

problem #1

Jan 202003

Passat 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,000 miles
Multiple problems with the 2001 VW Passat. Problems began at 16000 miles and have continued up to the current date and mileage of 33000 miles. Car has been seen in VW service department 11 times since November 2001. Lawsuit has been filed against VW America.

- Millersville, PA, USA

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