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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,950 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2005 Volkswagen Passat brakes problems

brakes problem

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2005 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 142012

Passat 4-cyl

  • 45,150 miles


I was turning onto a local busy street when my accelerator stuck to the floor and quickly shot up near 50mph. I had to quickly weave through traffic to not hit anyone while it stayed in a high speed. When I'd press the brakes, the car would slow down but still be going. When I let off the brake pedal, it quickly shot back up to 50mph. I was lucky to be able to turn onto a side street maybe 1 minute later and avoided hitting anyone else. I am beyond surprised that I was able to avoid hitting anyone with the amount of traffic. The pedal only came up when I put my foot under it (going slower/braking on the side street). It was normal after that. Extremely scary experience with an otherwise flawless vehicle that I have owned for going on 4 years.

- Northglenn, CO, USA

problem #2

Aug 162003


  • 20,000 miles
The contact's friend owns a 2005 Volkswagen Passat. The contact stated that the ABS indicator illuminates on the instrument panel and does not dim. The vehicle was taken to a dealer and they stated that the ABS module needed to be replaced. The current mileage was 60,000 and failure mileage was 20,000.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 312007

Passat 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 700 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Volkswagen Passat. While driving 5 mph, the brakes failed. The contact stated that the brakes made a loud grinding noise when the pedal was depressed and the brake light remained illuminated. The dealer stated that the failure was unrecognizable. The contact also crashed into the rear of another vehicle while attempting to brake. The rear bumper of the other vehicle was destroyed. The VIN and dealer information were unknown. The current mileage was 58,700 and failure mileage was 700.

- West Springfield, MA, USA

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