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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,050 miles

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2004 Volkswagen Passat lights problems

lights problem

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2004 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 082007

Passat 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles


Known issue "vibrating headlamp assembly", despite numerous repairs at dealership continues to vibrate causing repeated headlamp bulb failure. Especially dangerous when failure occurs while driving at night.

- Glendale, AZ, USA

problem #1

Nov 202004

Passat 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles
My complain is regarding the headlights on 2004 VW Passat. I have own this car since Nov 04 and feel very unsafe driving at night. The dim headlights are inadequate on this vehicle. I would estimate the dim may shine out appox 25 feet and then just cut off. I have taken the car back several times to the dealer with no results. Could you please advise me if there is a testing location, where I could take the car to see if the lights even meet your safety regulations. Thank you.

- Littleton, CO, USA

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