Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,263 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2002 Volkswagen Passat engine problems

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2002 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 152005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles


When accerating from a dead stop the vehicle has a delay before taking off. Consumer was concerned that he will be rear ended because of this.

- Yardley, PA, USA

problem #2

Aug 312004

Passat 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,233 miles
Manufacturer's fastened car mat ends exactly where the accelerator pedal meets the floor when fully depressed and caught the pedal. This causes the car to continue to accelerate.

- East Meadow, NY, USA

problem #1

May 152004

Passat 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,555 miles
While driving automobile accelerated to 7000rpm and to 50 mph from 35 mph. Foot was not on accelerator. I pulled over to the side of the road and placed the auto into park. After a few seconds the engine again raced to 7000 RPM wiithout having me place my foot on the accelerator. This is very dangerous.

- Greenwich, CT, USA

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