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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,000 miles

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2001 Volkswagen Passat seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 022001

Passat 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Brakes problems - less than a year old, if drive 40 mph and up, and if the brake pedal is applied, the vehicle would accelerate for a brief second before it decelerates (very scary and dangerous). Four years old: ABS lights on and if the brake pedal is applied, the vehicle would shaking. Reported to Volkswagen, but no cares has taken. Seat belts problems: Two and half years old: Front passenger seat belt doesn't recoil.

- Lowell, MA, USA

problem #1

Dec 012002

Passat 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles
I have a 2001.5 Volkswagen Passat. When the car was under warranty (around 15,000 miles), the seatbelt mechanism was retracting very slowly so I took it in to be repaired, which they did do at no charge. The car is now out of warranty and I'm again having the same problem. I called the dealer and they said it could be repaired at my cost. Is this considered a safety issue and should they repair it at no charge?

- Medina, OH, USA

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