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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,250 miles

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2002 Volkswagen Passat electrical problems

electrical problem

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2002 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 162006

Passat 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 62,500 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Numerous spontaneous electrical failures within 24 hours. A week ago today) the gas gauge on my 2002 Passat W8 went dead, both the analogue gauge and the computer readout; then the ac went dead, windows, horn, door locks and lock remote and lights suddenly stopped working. The radio stop working, then came back on, but the reception was very bad, a lot of static, and the radio did not shut off when the car was turned off and the key removed. I had to manually turn it off. While driving the speedometer & odometer went dead, all of the warning lights came on but the engine displayed no problems. I got a call from the dealer the next day, the car will not even start now. The comfort control module needed to be replaced, he stated that"it stopped communicating". $500 for that. It's a week later today. My W8 is still at the dealer. It took them 6 days to get the comfort control module. They installed it and the car still will not start. My bill is at $630, and they want me to authorize more time so they can start tearing apart the wiring and the wiring harnesses. There are hundreds of postings on many websites from owners with the identical issues. The wiring is corroded going to/from the ccm.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #1

Mar 052002

Passat

  • miles
Numberous problems with vehicle. After bumping noise, engine revved, car lurched forward and accelerated to a rapid speed. The mlp light cam on several times. The radio did not work. The radio was repaired and broke again then was replaced. The consumer stated that she found standing water in the car on the back right side under the front seat. The air pollen filter was cracked. Filter and carpet was replaced. The back door locks refused to unlock therefore the consumer could not open either back door from inside or out. The vehicle accelerated out of control of the driver and hit a curb at 50 miles an hour. The consumer continued to pump the brakes finally getting the vehicle to stop. The vehicle had 4 flat tires as a result of hitting the curb head on with rims bent as well. The bumper came off.

- Columbia, SC, USA

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