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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,500 miles

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2012 Volkswagen Passat brakes problems

brakes problem

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2012 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 052014

Passat 5-cyl

  • 30,000 miles


While driving on the freeway, multiple dashboard warning lights came on. I noticed the speedometer was not working. I pulled off the freeway, called for a tow truck. The car would not start for the tow truck driver.

- Carlsbad, CA, USA

problem #3

Dec 122012

Passat 4-cyl Diesel

  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Volkswagen Passat tdi. The contact stated that when attempting to engage the brakes, the pedal sunk into the floorboard. The vehicle was taken to the dealer however, the technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 10,000 and the current mileage was 22,500.

- Griffin, GA, USA

problem #2

Dec 122012


  • 6,000 miles
Metallic clicking, loud screeching noise when brakes applied, always in reverse and constant (forward and reverse) when wet or cold. Only less frequent in warmer temps. On 3rd service visit to have noise checked, VW issued warranty claim and then denied repair saying no fix available. I appealed to no avail. Noise is excessive and problematic.

- Peoria, AZ, USA

problem #1

Oct 012012


  • 8,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Volkswagen Passat. The contact stated that when the vehicle was in reverse and the brakes were applied, he would hear a loud squeaking noise. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis where they advised him that the noise was a normal occurrence as the temperature dropped. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 8,000. The current mileage was approximately 14,000.

- Bolingbrook, IL, USA

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