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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,488 miles

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2002 Volkswagen Passat brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 122013


  • 113 miles


ABS control module needs to be replaced.

- Wellington, FL, USA

problem #2

Oct 032007

Passat 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,800 miles
The ABS control module failed on my car causing the ABS system and the asr (anti-slip regulation) traction control systems to no longer function. This happened without warning with no signs leading up to the failure. This has also caused other strange electrical issues where my keyless entry will no longer work. Also, the error lights continue to flash on the instrument panel and the radio remains turned on (unless I manually turn it off) even after the car has been turned off and the key has been removed from the ignition. This caused a dead battery after 4 days of flashing (radio was off). It has also caused an error between the communication paths from my transmission control module (tcm) and my engine's ECU and instrument panel as evidenced by the error codes produced. The last issue that has been caused by the ABS failure is that the car continues to run for several seconds after the ignition has been turned off and the key has been removed. It will then sputter out and turn off. From my research, this appears to be a common problem on these cars:

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #1

Sep 092006

Passat 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,552 miles
Faulty ABS light, faulty brake light sensor annoying beeping, 2002 VW Passat.

- Haskell, NJ, USA

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