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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,667 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.

2003 Volkswagen Passat brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 202006

Passat 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,001 miles


: the contact stated while driving 5 mph, the vehicle made a clanging noise while pulling into a garage. When the brake was depressed, the pedal went all the way to the floor, and did not engage completely. There was no indication of a problem prior to the incident. A private repair shop was consulted, and determined the rear brakes needed to be replaced. The brake pads were replaced, the tires were rotated, and the oil was changed. During the subsequent test drive, the vehicle stalled completely while traveling 25 mph. A service dealer was consulted by the private repair shop, and determined that the fuel pump had failed. The fuel pump was replaced. There was a NHTSA recall # 06V017000 which pertained to the fuel pump. The vehicle was not included in the recall due to the VIN.

- Schenectady, NY, USA

problem #2

Jan 152005


  • miles
2003 Volkswagen Passat sw developed problems rear brake pads and rotors.** answer required***. the consumer stated 8,493 miles later the brakes began to squeak. The consumer took the vehicle back to the dealership where it was discovered the rear brake pads and rotors were damaged again. The head light bulb was replaced.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 162005

Passat 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,000 miles
Vehicle is experiencing problem with excessive wear of front brake rotors and pads. Both the rotors and the pads had to be replaced on two separate occasions. The first time at 9,000 miles, and now at 17,000 miles. The problems was causing the vehicle to vibrate and make a roaring noise when braking. Consumer anticipates the problem may recur again.

- Brick, NJ, USA

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