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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,253 miles

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2006 Volkswagen Passat suspension problems

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2006 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 182014

Passat 4-cyl

  • 145,990 miles


Electronic emergency brake fault; was driving on January 18,2014. My daughter was driving about 35 mph when this emergency brake light started flashing yellow. Also there was a red brake light that was flashing and beeping three times. She got the car under control mind you she is only 17 and she just bought this car from campus auto here in fort Dodge, ia on the 10th and he told her nothing was wrong with the car. Everything has went wrong with this car that can go wrong. She pulled over and read in her manual that with the beeping 3 times and the red light indicator said that she was suppose to get it to a trusted mechanic right away. So she did the smart thing and called me to have the car taken to a mechanic. But what if she would have been on the highway and this would have happened. She would have lost control of this car on a highway. Please look into these Passat. There is something seriously wrong with them. Wheel bearings are bad in the rear. Fuel pump went bad. Coils burn. These are all dangerous things. Please help.

- Fort Dodge, IA, USA

problem #3

Aug 252007

Passat 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,923 miles
My 2006 Passat 3.6 has loud noise coming from right front corner.. this has happened 4 or 5 times now.. sounds like something is hitting firewall.. noticed problem when giving car gas you can hear loud clunking noise.. doesn't do it all the time but sounds bad.. doesn't sound safe at all.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #2

Jul 252006

Passat 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 300 miles
: the contact stated that while driving at low speeds of 0-5mph the engine jumps to RPM's of 900 to 1000 RPM's causing the vehicle to lunge forward. This occurs more often when the vehicle has been running for a while and the engine is hot. The RPM's go down only when the engine is placed in neutral and the motor is revved up, or when the vehicle shifts into second gear. The vehicle idles roughly and hesitates. While stopped at a light or stop sign, there is lag between when the accelerator is depressed and the when the engine kicks into gear. When this occurs, the vehicle lunges forward. The dealership cannot duplicate the problem. While parked, at low speeds, or turning the vehicle right or left, there is a grinding sound coming from the right suspension area. The dealership replaced the right front passenger strut bearing which seemed to help for a while, but now the grinding sound is back. The grinding sound is now coming from the left suspension area.

- Clearwater, FL, USA

problem #1

May 252006

Passat 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,800 miles
2006 VW Passat 3.6 two weeks ago a noise appeared quite suddenly. Originally thought the car in front of me had a bad muffler. Noise coming from front, right of car. Almost sounded like a baseball card in your bike spokes but louder and deeper. Starts at around 50 mph. Tone and speed of sound decreases as speed of car decreases but otherwise stays constant. Disappears when you take your foot off gas. Took it to carter VW. They heard sound. Told me that air pressure in front, right tire was at max and so they let some air out and that "fixed" the problem. It did not. Since I had not had the tire pressure changed since I bought the car in Nov - I found it hard to believe that would fix that problem and told them that. Will take it to chaplins VW, which is much closer to home.

- Redmond, WA, USA

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