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4.2

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,887 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.

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2002 Volkswagen Passat wheels / hubs problems

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2002 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #8

Jul 102008

Passat

  • 74,294 miles

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

Had a car accident in 2006, took car to recommend insurance shop. They replace 3 tires, a week later a bubble pop up on the other tire. They had to order the other tire. Year later, less than 10,000 miles, the tire outside wall had small crack and got larger over time. I replace the two tires. While removing the tires to the rear. The other tire had a large crack on the inside unknown to me if I didn't removed it. Didn't check the other tire as of yet. The 3 tires are road huggers radial GT.

- Colorad Springs, CO, USA

problem #7

Aug 052006

Passat 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,800 miles
: the contact stated on 8-5-06 the rear driver's side tire blew out while driving at 55 mph on a dry highway. Upon inspecting the tire, the contact noticed holes on the inside and outside of the tire. Prior to this incident, the steering wheel was pulling to the right. The dealership rotated the tires which seemed to help for a while, but eventually the steering continued to pull to the right. There was a NHTSA recall, # 03V154000 regarding the tires. The vehicle was not included in the recall due to the VIN.

- Fresh Meadows, NY, USA

problem #6

Jun 142006

Passat

  • 85,000 miles
Bought the car new and have had to deal with defective tires, defective ignition coils causing two major breakdowns at highway speeds with children in the car. The last two ignition coils were recalled. The car will not run if it is wet from heavy rain and has to be completely dried before the breaks work properly. Oil pump was replaced 14 months ago, another major breakdown on highway with children. It has broken down yet again...the dealership says it needs another oil pump because of sludge, about $2000, not under warranty because it is past the 12 month, 12,000mile mark. Two other private mechanics told me, replacing the oil pump would only disguise, temporarily the real issue....the engine is junk. It now sits in my driveway because it is not under warranty because I am missing some oil change receipts. Also the blinkers don't work, the rear door won't open, auto locks work intermittently and headlights have been replaced twice and are out again. This was the first new car I ever bought. I bought the car after a divorce because I wanted a dependable car to commute to work and Transport my children safely. The car has 85,00 mi.

- Fall River, MA, USA

problem #5

Jun 142003

Passat 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 25,000 miles

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

While driving on the highway right rear Michelin mxv4 tire disintegrated. Parts of the tire ruptured the gas tank. On 6/18/2003 the consumer contacted the manufacturer, who stated that vehicle was not involved in the recall# 02V026000. On 6/20/2003 the dealer called and informed the consumer all damages to the vehicle would be fixed per the recall. A recall notice was received after the call from the dealer was made.

- Santa Fe, NM, USA

problem #4

Apr 122003

Passat

  • miles
The tire blew out while driving. The tire sidewall blew out and the rubber of the tire melted

- Staten Island, NY, USA

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problem #3

May 082003

Passat

  • miles
The right front tire on the vehicle exploded. Michelin mxv4 plus 195/65R15.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 012001

Passat

  • miles
The consumer experienced on three separate occasions, three flat tires. The conumer feels that under these circumstances, he deserves some sort of compensation for these tires (Michelin mxv4plus 205/55R16).

- Newark, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jul 032002

Passat

  • miles
The consumers right rear tire of the vehicle became flat so the consumer immediately pulled over to the side of the highway. There were flames shooting out from underneath the vehicle. (cause was unknown) but the fire report mentioned that there were fireworks in the trunk, but the consumers daughter says that there was kitty litter in the trunk.

- Portsmouth, RI, USA

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