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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 Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 152003


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The ignition coils on my 2002 VW Passat 1.8T ar about to fail for the third time. The car was bought in may of 2002. The first incident occured in December, the second in January, and now it is about to happen again now in February. Each incident is preluded by a slight jolt in the car upon start up followed bu rough idleing. Every time we take it and and are told it is fixed and then sure enough a month later I am back there again. I do not see this problem getting any better. In addition the mach rstereo system has been fixed, then replaced. The replacement unit's qulaity is poor in comparison to the original. This car has been a nightmare.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #2

Jan 202003


  • miles
Multiple problems with the 2001 VW Passat. Problems began at 16000 miles and have continued up to the current date and mileage of 33000 miles. Car has been seen in VW service department 11 times since November 2001. Lawsuit has been filed against VW America.

- Millersville, PA, USA

problem #1

Dec 312002


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Failed coil pack on vehicle after only 16000 miles. Dealer service adviser stated that VW is aware of this problem in all 2001 thru 2003 VW Passats with 1.8 liter turbo engines. Service adviser stated that VW is having so many failures on this product that the part had to be ordered through VIN direct from germany. They will not replace all four coils, only the failed items. Vehicle failed on highway and became a safety hazard to other motorists until I could negotiate to safe area to investigate failure.

- Waverly, IA, USA

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