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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,333 miles

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2004 Volkswagen Passat lights problems

lights problem

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2004 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 012011

Passat 4-cyl

  • miles


2004 Volkswagen Passat. Consumer writes in regards to class action settlement against Volkswagen, stating a series of issues such as oil sludge, engine malfunction issues, anti-freeze and coolant issues and ignition coil issues with Volkswagen the consumer stated she learned there was a specific type of coolant that only be used for her model vehicle. She stated each summer she drove around with 2 containers of anti-freeze because the vehicle would consume so much anti-freeze. Also, the brake light bulbs were replaced.

- Clinton, MD, USA

problem #2

Oct 122005

Passat 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
1. new 2004 Volkswagen Passat, V6 sedan. Returned car several times under warranty for many types of repairs. Volkswagen unable to repair car. Both the dealer and Volkswagen of America were made aware of the problems. 2. several failures including but not limited to: Excessive oil consumption, loss of power and acceleration, transmission problems, failure to start, malfunction indicator lamp constantly on, braking problems, climate control problems, and several electrical problems including failed brake lights. 3. several attempts by Volkswagen has failed to fix the problems. They are unwilling to resolve the problems adequately.

- Redwood City, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 032005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
In six months my brake lights have stopped working twice they had to replace the brke light swith on it.

- Fernley, NV, USA

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