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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,500 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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2008 Volkswagen Passat brakes problems

brakes problem

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2008 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #1

Dec 152007


  • 1,500 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Volkswagen Passat. While driving at an unknown speed, the contact depressed the brake pedal, but the vehicle continued to move. It took great effort to stop the vehicle. He exited the freeway and the failure recurred at the very next stop. The contact went to the dealer and shut off the vehicle. The mechanic attempted to duplicate the failure; however, it did not recur once the vehicle was restarted. The contact continued to drive the vehicle until he discovered NHTSA campaign id number 08V235000 (engine and engine cooling) on June 23, 2008. He took the vehicle back to the dealer and they informed him that his VIN was not included in the recall, even though the failures were identical. The failure mileage was 1,500 and current mileage was 7,000.

- Pasadena, CA, USA

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