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3.5

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,908 miles

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2006 Volkswagen Passat wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2006 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 152010

Passat

  • 58,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I am a phd computer scientist and my VW's computer control module spontaneously changed its setting. A VW dealer technician documented the change, and reset the parameter to factory settings. I replaced all 4 tires on my car at costco. When I started my car, the "low tire pressure" warning light lit. I reported this to the costco employee who had done the work. He checked the factory settings by the driver's door, and made sure all tires were set to that pressure, 35 lbs. The warning light went on every time I drove. I scheduled a regular service appointment with a VW dealer. The technical found that the control unit's setting had changed to 100101 from 100100. He reset the parameter, and the start-up warning stopped.

- Bala Cynwyd, PA, USA

problem #1

Apr 132007

Passat

  • 17,815 miles
07/19/2006: Purchased a brand new 2006 Volkswagen Passat 04/13/2007: Radio will not eject cd- the stereo system had to be replaced due to faulty radio 12/06/2007: Car will not start called tow company, upon arrival checked battery and it was not the problem; tow company could not get the car to start; car was towed to lasher Volkswagen 12/14/2007: Car will not start again, same issue as before on 12/06/2007; called the tow company and had it towed to lasher dealership; after numerous calls back and forth, VW dealership and manufacturer cannot figure out the problem nor have they fixed the vehicle yet 01/12/08: Picked up the vehicle from lasher VW seemed to work okay 01/14/08: While driving home from work, door locks began to unlock and lock by themselves and while driving on the freeway; also, suddenly light indicators (blinkers) did not work, high beams did not work, windshield wipers did not work, steering wheel indicator light came on, tire pressure light came on, cruise control light came on; this was an extremely dangerous situation 01/17/08: While driving to berkeley, on the freeway, the blinkers stopped working, and could not get the windshield wipers to work; locks began to lock and unlock while driving; telephone call again, to lasher VW to express great concern and worried about being stranded; was told to bring it in on Friday 01/1/08 at 7:30 am; once we arrived in berkeley, we parked the car and turned off the ignition the radio was still on and the headlights did not shut off; we started up the car again and the same thing happened; when locking the car with the alarm, the doors locked but the alarm did not turn on; lights remained on for about 20 minutes, fearing that the battery would run low and we would be stranded 08/05/09: Took the car to elk grove VW and told that warranty will not cover any of the repairs 10/24/09-12/14/09: The car has not been able to start since 10/23/09 and sitting in our garage & now at neillo VW.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

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