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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,042 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.

2012 Volkswagen Passat brakes problems

brakes problem

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2012 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #8

Feb 242015


  • miles


The contact owns a 2012 Volkswagen Passat. While driving approximately 25 mph, a squeaking noise was heard when the brake pedal was depressed. In addition, a strong odor of fuel was present inside the vehicle; however, there was no fuel visible on the ground. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but the cause of the failure could not be located. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Stratford, CT, USA

problem #7

Aug 092015


  • 23,000 miles
The contact owned a 2012 Volkswagen Passat. While driving 60 mph, the brake pedal was depressed and traveled to the floorboard without warning. As a result, the vehicle crashed into a highway sign post. The air bags deployed. A police report was filed. The contact did not suffer any injuries. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to an independent mechanic. The failure mileage was 23,000.

- Fort Lee, NJ, USA

problem #6

Sep 102015


  • 55,000 miles
My vehicle just stopped working. When I tried to put it on. All it says is "error: Air bags" "error: Brakes"

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #5

Aug 092015


  • 28,340 miles


Driving on the highway going about sixty miles an hour as I try to come off the freeway to my exit the brakes do not seem to engage as I get closer to my turn I depress the car even deeper the car doesn't attempt to stop or slowdown so I brace for impact and now the car is a total loss I am lucky to be alive.

- Fort Lee, NJ, USA

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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