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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,000 miles

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2008 Volkswagen Passat brakes problems

brakes problem

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2008 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 162014

Passat 4-cyl

  • 92,000 miles


The car was parked and would not start even after a check of the battery. The car had no power whatsoever and could not be placed into neutral to tow-the electronic emergency brake was also locked.the vehicle sat two nights in a shopping center parking lot before a towing company could figure something out. The tow was $106 to the VW dealership.the dealer wanted $107 labor charge for each problem. I already looking at a $214 bill for the starting issue and brake.I told the technician if the car starts the brake should release according the operators manual-its this happened is a complete mystery as there had never been even the slightest indication.I have seen many, many reports of this same issue with this car on the internet as I did some research after this happened. I received a call from the dealership- the steering wheel module was $565 since the dealership had to move the car and try and get it started, ,,which seems ridiculous to me given that the car only has 90,000 miles. I tried to get some help from VW customer care given that this seems like a design really is upsetting to have to pay so much for a car so lightly used with only making 3 monthly vehicle payments and. VW was completely unwilling to work with me in any way. German engineering = german junk!

- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, USA

problem #1

Dec 092009

Passat 4-cyl

  • miles
2008 VW Passat. Purchased brand new from mcdonald automotive littleton co transmission slipping 2009 brakes / rotors. 2010 sunroof / would not close pouring rain. Needs new motor 2011 leaking oil vacuum pump 2013. 87000 miles turbo cut off valve 2013 front rotors 2013 engine revving up 2013 headlights keep going out.

- Castle Rock, CO, USA

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