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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,025 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.

2004 Volkswagen Passat accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2004 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 072009


  • 30,000 miles


This incident happened twice in December 2009. After lifting my foot off of the accelerator pedal, the vehicle kept accelerating to very high speeds. The vehicle did not stop accelerating when I put my foot under the accelerator pedal and lifted up. To stop, I had to put the vehicle in neutral and brake. Dealer said it was a stuck floor mat and removed the mat from the vehicle. They said there was no mechanical defect.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #1

Sep 102008


  • 78,050 miles
2004 VW Passat 4 sedan rear cigarette lighter and ash tray are not safely and functional installed well. Have the tendency to keep coming apart entirely exposing electrical wires leading to burn and electrical shock or popping or burning of wires. Have had the problem repaired on multiple occasions by dealer as well as by myself to further prevent the mishap since out of warranty. My children bump the cigarette lighter and it caused sparks and burning smell. I was able to repair the enclosure again for the 13th or so time and since it's not under warranty it's not covered. Children sit in the rear more than adults but there has been time where the adults have causd the same issue. It's that my 9 yr old son try to repair or put back in where the entire enclosure fell out again.

- Shrewbury , NJ, USA

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