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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,794 miles

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2004 Volkswagen Passat wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2004 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 112005

Passat 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,087 miles


[xxx] this is filed on behalf of my fiancee [xxx] (same address, evening phone) owner of the vehicle. We noticed a bubble on the side of the right front tire a P205/55R16 Continental touring contact CH95 tire on her 2004 VW Passat (which had only 3,087 miles on it) on the evening of 7-10-5. I brought it to three county Volkswagen, lyndhurst, NJ on the morning of 7-11-05 at approx. 9:50 am. They replaced the tire at a cost to me of $126.28 saying it was not covered by VW and that the matter had to be taken up with Continental tire. They sent the tire to Continental the next day for testing. After repeated calls to Continental, I finally received their response on 9-1-05 claiming the bubble was due to a road hazard. [xxx] this car & tire were driven predominantly local! I simply do not believe their explanation especially since my cousin, three county's former sales manager, (who by the way has been in the business for decades) didn't buy it either! if the bubble was not detected, it could have burst while driving causing serious injury or death to one or both of us! updated 07/18/2012 information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Nutley, NJ, USA

problem #1

Sep 202004

Passat 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,500 miles
On two separate occasions while driving 30 mph the tire failed. Driver was able to pull over and inspected the vehicle. Noticed that the tread separated from the sidewall. Vehicle was taken to a tire dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that the tires needed to be replaced, and replaced them. However, problem recurred. The consumer stated that he had two tire failures in less than 13000 miles.

- Port Saint Lucie, FL, USA

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