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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,889 miles

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2003 Volkswagen Passat electrical problems

electrical problem

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2003 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #3

Jan 182003

Passat 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,500 miles


Failure of ignition coils on 2003 volkswagon Passat resulting in sudden total inability to drive vehicle. Estimated repair time due to parts shortage - 2 weeks. Dealer acknowledged that this is a growing problem with 1.8T Passats and expects a goverment mandated recall soon.

- Somerset, MA, USA

problem #2

Jan 202003

Passat 4-cyl

  • miles
Possible failure of H type coil packs on 1.8 T VW engines

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #1

Nov 082002

(reported on)


  • miles
Dealer say VW is aware of problem, but not proactively replacing all 4 coil packs. A major inconvenience and possible safety problem! I have heard of many other people with multiple failures. Some resulting in engine stalls at very dangerous moments.

- Mt. Kisco, NY, USA

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