Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,500 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2009 Volkswagen Passat engine problems

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2009 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 102014


  • 87,000 miles


My vehicle threw a warning light " oil pressure, please shut off car immediatley". once car was shut off it never again started. Vehicle was taken to VW dealer in Arkansas and I was told the engine was blown and it would cost 7,600 to repair.

- Des Arc , AR, USA

problem #1

Sep 252010


  • 34,000 miles
Parked car and went into the store to shop and approximately 10 minutes later someone said a car was on fire and that it was a silver VW. My husband went out and found the whole front end engulfed in flames.

- Columbia City, OR, USA

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