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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,596 miles

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2006 Volkswagen Passat lights problems

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2006 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 222010


  • 37,792 miles


Takata recall. The contact owns a 2006 Volkswagen Passat. While driving at any speed, the headlights dimmed and forced the driver to drive with the high beams at night. There was no warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a local dealer where it was diagnosed that the headlight concealment device and the switches needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 37,792. Additionally, the contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V079000 (air bags); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #1

Dec 042006

Passat 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,400 miles
- the contact stated that while driving a 2006 Volkswagen Passat it stalled in a turn. He had been driving along steadily for 2 hours with out incident prior to the vehicle losing power. The contact took the vehicle to be serviced, and was informed that they could not find the cause of the problem. The passenger side headlight was inoperable, the work was completed, however 2 hours later the headlight failed again. The vehicle exhibits a one to three second lag in the accelerator, most noticeable when the consumer is truing to accelerator. There was a rattle coming from the headliner/sunroof assembly. There was a rubbing noise coming from the brakes. There was a rattling noise coming from the rear view mirror trim pieces. The windshield wipers were inoperative. The fog lights were inoperative. Updated 01/31/07.

- Roseville, MN, USA

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