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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,000 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 steering problems

steering problem

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2001 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 212009


  • 109,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Volkswagen Passat. The contact was driving at a relatively low speed when the steering wheel locked without warning. The vehicle was taken to a local repair facility for diagnostic testing. The contact was advised by the mechanic that the rack and pinion was defective. The contact stated the tie rods were previously replaced due to loose steering. The manufacturer advised they would assist with ten percent of the total cost of repairs. The vehicle was repaired by the dealer. The failure mileage was 109,000 and the current mileage was 113,747.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #2

Jan 212005

Passat 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
The steering wheel was loose. Dealer had to tighten the rack and pinion in order to alleviate the problem....mechanic reported that part was almost out on one side, and had it come out ability to steer would have been lost.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #1

May 202002

Passat 4WD

  • miles
Bolts holding steering rack to frame keep coming loose. This has happened 3 times with the first at about 18K miles.

- Danville, CA, USA

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