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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
123,420 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2003 Volkswagen Passat miscellaneous problems

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2003 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 112013


  • 75,000 miles


The front floor gets very hot when the vehicle is in motion even when the aircondition is running

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #2

Aug 012011


  • 132,249 miles
Coils for cylinders 2-4 inexplicably failed as well as the plugs and need to be replaced in order to repair misfire code. Engine purge valve also needs to be replaced.

- Branchburg, NJ, USA

problem #1

Feb 282011


  • 163,012 miles
Due to a design flaw with all Passats 1998 and up they are prone to having major failure of tcm transmission control module as in cases of heavy rain water will leak into passenger floor area and fill the tcm with water hence locking transmission into park and no longer allowing vehicle to be shifted...

- Flanders, NJ, USA

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