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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,727 miles

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2012 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #9

Jun 022016


  • 41,000 miles


Takata recall a couple months ago I had recall 15V483000 completed on my 2012 Passat. I was experiencing electrical issues such as cruise control not working, wipers turning on for no reason. It seemed to be connected to the steering column since both of these features are connected to the steering column. After the recall was completed no further issues until today. I made a U-turn and my airbag light came on and hasn't went off sense. I'm concerned after reading about shrapnel and airbag deployment.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #8

May 052012


  • 10 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Volkswagen Passat. The contact stated that when applying the brake or accelerator pedal, the heel of her shoe would become stuck in the floor mat. The contact stated that she was concerned for her safety and the potential risk of becoming involved in a crash. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 10.

- Studio City, CA, USA

problem #7

Jan 012013


  • 5,000 miles
When I start the car, I put my foot on the brake and proceed to put the car in D (drive) or R (reverse). The car accelerates immediately even with my foot on the brakes. The only way to prevent this from happening is to allow the car to warm-up for 30 to 45 seconds before attempting to drive it. I have expressed my concerns to dealership and I was told as long as it does go over 11 rpms it should be okay. Then when I returned to the dealership and ask them to look at it again, I was told that the vehicle is operating as designed. Several times, I have forgot to let the the car warm-up and almost ran into my garage door or whatever object that was in front or behind me. Also, because my spouse does not drive the car often, he tends to forget to let the vehicle warm-up and as a result almost hit a car that was parked in front of him. If I let anyone drive the car, I tell them to let the car warm-up before they drive off. I do this because I am concerned that the driver will be overcome by the immediate acceleration and loose control of the car. I feel that there is a defect in the design which could cause an accident or injury and should be re-evaluated. Also, the brakes squeak and I have asked the dealership to check them out every time I take the car for the 10K maintenance. Each time, the dealership states that there is nothing wrong with the brakes. I am very dissatisfied with this car. I hope that if there is a defect or design problem, it can be resolved. If not, I will trade the car for another vehicle. However, I would hate for this automobile to be sold to another customer with the existing design.

- Missouri City, TX, USA

problem #6

Apr 132014

Passat 4-cyl Diesel

  • 69,550 miles


Car was sluggish to go when accelerating, jerking.

- Flowery Branch, GA, USA

problem #5

Feb 112014

Passat 4-cyl Diesel

  • 23,541 miles
The car was started to go to lunch, outside air temp was +4. it was driven approximately 1 mile at low speed to the interstate. After accelerating up the on-ramp to highway speeds. After approximately 1 mile at highway speed the turbo failed causing a total loss of power rendering the car immobile. Luckily there was enough momentum and very little traffic making it possible to pull over to the shoulder. The car would not move on it's own power at this point. It was towed to the dealer for extensive repairs, taking three weeks.

- Merrill, WI, USA

problem #4

Feb 262014

Passat 4-cyl Diesel

  • 38,200 miles
I left my home and drive my vehicle approximately 1.5 miles at speeds at or under 25 mph. I stopped at a stop sign before making a right turn onto another road. When I accelerated the car had a sudden loss of power and I could not maintain speed. I was able to go approximately 10 mph and I was able to get my car out of traffic. Later the dealer diagnosed the problem as a premature turbo failure. If this type of failure had occurred at highway speeds I may have been in danger or endangered other motorists. I have found that this problem is being more frequently reported on internet forums and many people are experiencing turbo failures at low miles.

- Lynchburg, VA, USA

problem #3

Oct 092012

Passat 5-cyl

  • 7,235 miles


The vehicle has a significant delay/hesitation upon initial acceleration (2.5L). This is dangerous when pulling into or across traffic. It happens intermittently.

- Palatine, IL, USA

problem #2

Feb 152013

Passat 5-cyl

  • 11,000 miles
If I am driving with no acceleration (coasting) and step on the gas to enter traffic there is no power; nothing happens when you push on the gas. This has happened numerous times both in town when trying to enter traffic, as well as on the freeway trying to cut in between cars. This is very dangerous if one does not have lots of room between cars. The Volkswagen dealer claims this is only a problem for me because I am not used to driving a car with a digital throttle.

- Hesperia, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 022012

Passat 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Volkswagen Passat. The contact stated that when the accelerator pedal was depressed, the vehicle would hesitate before accelerating. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the dealer advised the contact that the failure was common, but there was nothing that could be done to fix the problem. The dealer test drove another vehicle of the same year and model and the failure also occurred in the test vehicle. The contact stated that the failure would only occur intermittently. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 10 and the current mileage was 3,500. Updated 04/19/12

- Cummings, GA, USA

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