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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,500 miles

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2004 Volkswagen Passat brakes problems

brakes problem

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2004 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 282004

Passat 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,500 miles


Reported when slowing down to 5-10mph care hesitated and then jerked as if someone hit from behind, also when braking to stop, car lurches forward. VW dealership replaced brakes and rotors and did software update after 3 times in shop. Now car hesitates when either slowing down or from stop then kicks in all of a sudden, will be calling regional technician to report, still feel slight jerk at slow speeds. All happens when engine hot or cold.

- Morgantown, WV, USA

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