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3.7

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,689 miles

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2004 Volkswagen Passat lights problems

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2004 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #6

Jan 102008

Passat 6-cyl

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I received a recall notice regarding my 2004 VW Passat (replacing the brake light switch). I had my repairs completed at an authorized VW service center in October 2007 and sent my form to VW for reimbursement. I received a call on 1/10/08 informing me that the deadline for the repair was 9/23/07. The recall letter I received was dated September 2007 and did not indicate that there was a deadline for the repair. The VW customer care center is saying that they will not reimburse me for this repair.

- Cobden, IL, USA

problem #5

Jul 032007

Passat 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,570 miles
6/30 I drove my 2004 VW Passat wagon. I had used the cruise control and had to slow down, I attempted to re-activate the cruise control, it would not respond. I tried again the following day and it worked. 7/3, I parked my car for an hour appt. I returned to my car to find the brake lights were on. I turned the car on, tapped the brakes and turned it off. The brake lights stayed on. I had to leave town for a few days and upon returning, called my dealer, Ontario VW. 7/9 I made an appt to service the car. Sylvia in service made the appt. She mentioned there was a recall on the brake light switch. After making the appt, I researched the recall. I found the NHTSA site. NHTSA had a campaign id # 07V063000 for 6 makes of Volkswagen, varying years, all for brake light switch malfunction. The description matched my problem exactly. Later on the 9th, I went to drop off my car for repair. I was checked in and told my car was not affected by the recall. Jose meza, senior service advisor, told me my VIN # had no recall. I explained about the info I found and he said I was incorrect. He did not offer to research anything about it. My car is under warranty and will be repaired. My issue is with the handling of this situation and the lack of interest on the part of Ontario VW and VW Corp, whom I called to complain and was also told that my VIN # did not reflect a recall. If 5 other VW makes have the same problem and are under recall, why am I being challenged about including my car in the recall? this is a serious safety issue as the brake lights can become inoperable without my knowledge. Vehicle safety should be the priority for all manufacturers and dealerships and I am shocked at the lack of interest I am receiving from all I contact about this issue. Including the NHTSA that told me I could file a general complaint and possibly be included in a future recall but could not offer specific help with anything else.

- Ontario, CA, USA

problem #4

Jun 132007

Passat 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles
On occasion the brake lights will stay on after car has been parked and turned off. The brake lights will also stay on with no foot pressure on the pedal while driving.

- Chagrin Falls, OH, USA

problem #3

Mar 122007

Passat 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,688 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Brake light switch failed intermittently over a period of two years, finally failed completely. Whenever the switch was operating poorly it kicked out the cruise control.

- Frankfort, KY, USA

problem #2

Jul 022004

Passat 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,875 miles
The brake light switch keeps failing. It causes the electronic stability control to be disabled and keeps the stop lights on, even when the brake pedal is not depressed. I've had the brake like switch replaced 6 times now over the past 2.5 years.

- Canton, GA, USA

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problem #1

Sep 282006

Passat

  • 61,000 miles
Cruise control and rear brake light failure on 2004 VW Passat.

- Oviedo , FL, USA

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