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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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,000 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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2003 Volkswagen Passat AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2003 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 092008

Passat 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


My air condition has been on the fritz so to speak for the last year, I thought it was my imagination. This passed week when I turned it on full blast all that was coming out is warm air. I took the car into VW dealership they repaired two leaks they said, when trying it out a few days later the air was blasting warm air once again. I took it back and now they are telling me the evaporator needs to be replaced costing me $1,700. How could this happen to a car that is not even 5 years old yet. I am very disappointed.

- Union City, NJ, USA

problem #1

Sep 022005

Passat 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,000 miles
A/C doesn't always come one went the engine is started. It blows but not cool air. I can pull back off the highway, shut the engine off and restart and it works fine. I have had it into the dealership repeatedly. The have seen the problem but can't seem to resolve it.

- Magnolia, TX, USA

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