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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,003 miles

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2002 Volkswagen Passat suspension problems

suspension problem

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2002 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 122010


  • 82,010 miles


Broken left front suspension coil spring - spontaneously broken - car left undriven in closed private garage for ~2 weeks, found after ~2 weeks listing at left front corner with left front coil spring broken.

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #2

Jun 012009


  • 72,000 miles
I am writing to complain about the control arms on the VW 2002 Passat. I recently replaced an upper and lower control arm on the right and now have been told that I need to replace three of the four control arms on the left side. I fell these are a safety issue.

- Pottsville, PA, USA

problem #1

Dec 162001

Passat 4-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
Front end/engine protector has separated from vehicle while driving. In both cases, the turn bolts on the left front and right side separated. A single central screw bolt at its front then supported the air dam. The plastic around it finally tore under vibration and air pressure forces.

- Salinas, CA, USA

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