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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,483 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2001 Volkswagen Passat wheels / hubs problems

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2001 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #6

Aug 072008


  • miles


I was just entering I-90 at harlem ave when without warning my 2 month old tire went flat. There was no warning, and by the time I was able to get off the expressway the tire was shredded. I changed the tire with my spare and since the tire was a replacement on a set from ntb I decided that I would completely replace the whole set as I was completely without any confidence with ntb. The tire did not look like it had any problems except for the damage done by running flat. I replaced the tires 8/9/08 and upon returning home from the tire store read a consumer's report alert that some chinese made valve stems are failing. While at this point I do not have the stem in question the tire was of chinese manufacture and all symptoms I encountered are consistent with stem failure.

- Hillside, IL, USA

problem #5

Jan 262005

Passat 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2001 Passat all new pirelli tires 12/03. Rear tires cupping on the inside after 20,000 miles. Veh was loud in the rear, less traction, handling funny. Fighting with tire place right now.

- Darlington, MD, USA

problem #4

Feb 112003


  • miles
The vehicle experienced a heavy vibration, which was due to a problem with the tires.

- Bent Mountain, VA, USA

problem #3

Oct 132002

Passat 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 14,900 miles


Original tires Continental 195/65R15 91hch95 dot lmpcpxbu2300. Consumer heard a loud flapping noise, pull over looked all around car and didn't see anything. Consumer proceeded to drive noise returned with a small pop, then it was quiet again, then three minutes later noise returned even louder. Consumer pulled over and the right rear tire had completely come off of rim, the tire blowout damaged the fender lining and damaged the fuel tank, the repairs were not covered by the warranty or extended warranty despite the fact that VW Passat's for year 1997-2000 have been recalled for this problem, recall campaign id # 02V-026.

- Bethesda, MD, USA

problem #2

Aug 092001


  • miles
While traveling from columbus, ne to sioux falls, sd on sd hwy. 50 West of vermillion, sd, my right front tire exploded with no warning. The explosion destroyed the tire and tore loose the lower right side body molding. The serviceman at the sioux falls sears told me he had adjusted several other identical Michelin tires for the very same problem. I am concerned about the other tires on my car and that we may have a defective batch of tires here. VW was contacted but has refused to repair the damaged molding under warranty. (dot number: Cxyx 1201 tiresize: 195/65R15)

- Sioux Falls, SD, USA

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problem #1

Mar 172001


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
A blowout caused two punctures through fuel tank and severe fuel leakage. Dealer / manufacturer notified, and repairs were being made under its warranty. Tire was a Continental, size P195/65R15, dot# lmpcpxbu.

- Rohnert Park, CA, USA

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