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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,286 miles

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2009 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #1

Nov 142011

Passat 4-cyl

  • 40,286 miles


There are 3 complaints. I have purchased 2 Volkswagen Passats in 2009. One is working fine except windshield tank leak, and the other one has the leakage and at the same time an engine problem. I would like to recall the other one of which I have registered with vehicle id here followed by the below reasons and requests. 1. windshield tank leakage since there was no accident and it naturally leaked. 2. on the 17th of November 2011, the car suddenly stopped and exhaled black smoke and I could not drive any more. I definitely stopped and called a wreck car and went directly to the dealer. The dealer reported as steering column module problem. (also mentioned about injector ) 3. on the 14th of September 2012, I was on my way to work and quite far away from the company, the car suddenly stopped with the same problem as 2011. I was late for work for sure and it was almost life threatening circumstance because of the environment. I called the wreck car and here is another report from the dealer. "customer states vehicle was driving rough, shaking and emitting smoke excessively: Smelled of fuel: Made it to the dealership and will not start. Check and advise. Inspected vehicle retrieved P0300 random misfire P0303 cylinder #3 misfire and P0087 for fuel rail. Noticed large amounts of white smoke coming from exhaust and strong odor of fuel...)" 4. I have power train warranty for 5 years or 60K mile (which will be the first) and the dealer fixed 2 times for free because of the warranty. Now even the warranty is being terminated and I have no other ways to secure my safety. Followed by the above reasons, I will not be able to drive this car which I have purchased in 2009. When I drive this car, I do not feel safe and even feel life threatening danger while I am driving because those moments in the past were very dangerous.

- Mcallen, TX, USA

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