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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,500 miles

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2001 Volkswagen Passat suspension problems

suspension problem

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2001 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 212007

Passat 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 53,000 miles


Took car for state inspection. Mechanic found both left an right upper ball joints and both tie rods defective at 53,000 miles.

- Towanda, PA, USA

problem #1

Sep 212005

Passat 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 40,000 miles
I own 2001 VW Passat with 43200 miles. This past year I noticed failures of outer cv joint boot both sides and rubber dust boots on all ball joints which causes a dirt and water to destroy ball joints. I changed outer cv join boot both sides and one upper control arm ball joint and others will fail soon.

- New Britain, CT, USA

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