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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,835 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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2007 Volkswagen Passat drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2007 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #7

May 012016


  • miles


The contact owned a 2007 Volkswagen Passat. The contact stated that the doors would not be secured unless the vehicle was in park. The failure occurred randomly. Also, the gears randomly shifted out of park without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. While parked and unattended, the vehicle randomly rolled in reverse at a high rate of speed and crashed into a house down the street. A police report was filed and the vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure, but the contact was uncertain if the vehicle would be inspected by the insurance company and the manufacturer. The contact was waiting on information from a repair shop or the manufacturer. The failure mileage was not available. Updated 07/27/16

- Gloucester, MA, USA

problem #6

May 022016


  • 155,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Volkswagen Passat. The contact stated that while attempting to park, the vehicle stalled and independently rolled backwards without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 150,000.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #5

Apr 082014


  • 75,845 miles
I was driving southbound on Connecticut rte 15 at about 60 mph on the afternoon of April 8, 2014, when my engine suddenly raced and I lost power to the drive (front) wheels. I could not maintain speed or accelerate; I could only coast. I was in the left lane of the two-lane roadway. I had to coast between vehicles in the right lane, over to the breakdown lane. This was very dangerous, and my vehicle could have been struck. Once I came to a stop in the breakdown lane, the car would not move at all. I had it towed to a repair shop, where I learned that the left axle had popped out of the transmission, and that both axles had to be replaced. Note that there was no impact of any kind that precipitated the axle's popping out. Also note that I had always had all scheduled maintenance done in a timely fashion.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #4

Jul 232007


  • 46,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Volkswagen Passat. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to accelerate from a complete stop. The failure recurred intermittently over a period of seven years. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who could not diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 46,000.

- Bellaire, TX, USA

problem #3

Jan 242014

Passat 4-cyl

  • 108,000 miles
Put keyfob in the ignition and it would not start. The lights in the dash illuminated but engine would not turn. Also steering lock warning lock keeps blinking. Car is stuck in park, made several attempts to have it towed, before finally having an experienced tow truck driver drag it on to a flat bed because of car being stuck in park, key fob locked in the ignition switch, has been towed to 3 different shops who have yet to pinpoint the exact problem with the car. One shop claimed it was an electrical problem and that it had something to do with the ignition switch however were unable to fix it. Has spent xxx amount of money having it towed to several shops and still not fixed. Frustrated!!!!!!

- Clarksville, VA, USA

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problem #2

Feb 102014


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Volkswagen Passat. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start and the key was unable to be removed from the ignition. The contact also mentioned that the vehicle failed to shift from park to neutral. The vehicle was towed to a private mechanic where the failure was unable to be replicated. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 75,000.

- Royal Oak , MI, USA

problem #1

Aug 302010


  • 64,000 miles
My 2007 Passat 2.0T wagon car has developed a symptom when the RPM goes over 3000 specially when I need acceleration and it cuts of the power (fuel or something else I don't know, there is a tsb regarding to cam shaft lobe wear this is the exact symptom I have) the mil comes on with a code 2293. I went to the dealer and they say Y vehicle is over warranty mileage and they will not cover it. I noticed many people are having the exact same issue on the internet and when driving on the highway this is a serious safety issue since the engine power cuts off. By the definition of the tsb this is apparently a manufacturing defect they even release an updated part and advise the dealers to use the updated part. I like many others are forced to pay a hefty repair sum just after couple thousand miles over warranty period. In my opinion VW needs to issue a recall on this issue.

- Streamwood, IL, USA

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