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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,006 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.

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2003 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #5

Sep 142006

Passat 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles


: the contact stated while accelerating from a stop, the vehicle hesitated intermittently when the accelerator pedal was depressed. The dealership and manufacturer determined this was how the vehicle was manufactured.

- Mineral, VA, USA

problem #4

May 242006

Passat 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,400 miles
: the contact stated while the accelerator pedal is depressed, it feels as though there is something falling off of the vehicle. The dealership is unable to determine the problem.

- Decatur, GA, USA

problem #3

Jun 122002


  • miles
While stopping at a traffic light or a stop sign vehicle would not accelerate when the driver was pressing on the gas pedal. Consumer made contact with the dealer on six occasions, but problem is still occurring.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #2

Jul 182003

Passat 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My volkswagon Passat has many times lunged forward when I took my foot off the accelerator. I have fortunately not been close to another car when this has happened because it could have easily caused a rear-end crash.

- Aiken, SC, USA

problem #1

Mar 082003

Passat 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,630 miles
When I stepped on the gas for the passing gear, the gas pedal remained stuck to the floor. This happened on two different days. The only way I could stop was to put the car in natural, and turn off the key. Took the car to the dealer who said that there might have been ice stuck to the gas pedal cable"????????" I almost got killed with the car going 100 mph before I could get it under control.

- Dobbs Ferry, NY, USA

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