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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1 miles

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2002 Volkswagen Passat drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2002 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #1

Oct 092001

Passat 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1 miles


The vehicle exhibits excessive vibration and noise primarily between 40-45 mph. The owners backround is an automotive engineer and has measured the problem and identified issue to be driveline inbalance. Dealers first acknowledge issue while driving with owner then claim "non-verifiability" to a condition which occurs 100% of the time. Owner has measured similar vehicles from dealer lot and has verified that the condition is not inherant to all like vehicles.

- Clarkston, MI, USA

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