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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
162,000 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.

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2002 Volkswagen Passat brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 192016


  • 189,000 miles


ABS light comes on while driving brakes light flashes on and off with noise

- Columbia, MO, USA

problem #1

Jun 022014


  • 135,000 miles
Car beeps and displays the ABS light and the brake light. At first they appear and then disappear. On 6/12/2014 the ABS is on each time I start the vehicle plus the brake light flashes throughout the duration of the drive. On two occurrences the traction control off light came on and remained on. The fear is that I have lost ABS and traction control, and also that the E-brake or brakes will engage while in motion. Multiple occurrences of this have occurred in VW Passat forums and most suggest taking out the ABS module and having it refurbished due to a hair sensor that goes faulty on the Passat. Many requests have been made to have this part recalled and fixed, I am adding my request to the other parties involved.

- Aurora, CO, USA

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