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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,294 miles

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2010 Volkswagen Passat steering problems

steering problem

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2010 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 082014


  • 51,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Volkswagen Passat. The contact stated that upon starting the vehicle, there was a popping sound as the air bag warning light illuminated. The contact also mentioned that the steering controls and horn failed to function. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 51,000.

- Culpepper, VA, USA

problem #1

Aug 192010


  • 9,587 miles
Heard a loud "whirring" noise when the steering wheel was turned left or right when car was stationary - like it needed steering fluid - but it does not use fluid. Also having sporadic trouble with the car not starting when the key fob was put into the ignition. VW replaced clock spring, steering rack & pinion, as well as the steering rack 3 times so far. The second time they replaced these parts, they obviously didn't test drive it. Cars front tires made loud noise - like I had on snow tires. I brought it back in for steering noise (still) and now the tires, and they had to replace both front tires due to "cupping" which was caused by incorrect installation of the steering rack. 20,000 miles later I still hear the noise, but now that my car has been "escalated" by VW, they now claim that this noise is normal. I feel that this is a serious safety issue, and do not feel comfortable driving the car.

- Parkesburg, PA, USA

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