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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,500 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.

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2005 Volkswagen Passat electrical problems

electrical problem

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2005 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #1

Jun 032007

Passat 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,500 miles


Failure of car to shut engine off when key switched to off. Intermittent problem. This problem could have lead to a fire in the event of a crash. Problem traced to short in wiring associated with driver's sun visor and 'vanity' lighting. The manufacturer was unable to solve problem. Technician found solution by chance.

- San Miguel, CA, USA

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