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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,000 miles

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2003 Volkswagen Passat exhaust system problems

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2003 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 122008

Passat 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Volkswagen Passat. While driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle vibrated excessively and smoke began emanating from the passenger side. The engine light remained illuminated on the instrument control panel. She pulled over to inspect the vehicle and noticed flames coming from the catalytic converter. The dealer stated that the electrical system, emission coiler, and oxygen sensors failed. All of the repairs were made. The contact filed a formal complaint with the manufacturer. The powertrain was unknown. The failure and current mileages were 52,000.

- Skokie, IL, USA

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