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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,769 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.

2013 Volkswagen Passat suspension problems

suspension problem

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2013 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #6

May 132013


  • 200 miles


I have taken this vehicle into the dealership 3 times since original purchase for concerns with the suspension. At normal operating speeds, the car will pull to the right very quickly on a straight road. At 65+ mph, any road changes force the car to jump lanes. It feels like driving a boat in rough water. I was told each time that everything is in spec. The car will lurch off the shoulder during turns that have any minor rough patches at all. This has gotten to the point now where we cannot operate the car safely.

- Stockton, CA, USA

problem #5

Jun 012015


  • 65,000 miles
The bolts which attached the front suspension struts to the vehicle rattle due to failure of the bolt. This failure effects the handeling of the vehicle at high speeds and during cornering.

- Houghton Lake, MI, USA

problem #4

Nov 192014

Passat 4-cyl

  • 12,000 miles
At about 12000 miles on my VW Passat clunks began to develop in front end of car. It kept getting worse. I took it into VW garage for diagnosis and repairs at 15000 miles. The told me the sway bars failed and would need to replace them. After repair the sway bar links were replaced and car is without noise.

- Wautoma, WI, USA

problem #3

Jun 192014


  • 21,000 miles


Car pulls sharply to the right. It is dangerous to drive. Volkswagen says everything is in spec. Nothing is bent or broken. They also said " it's just the way the car handles" I am not stepping on the accelerator, just coasting on any road and within 5 to 6 seconds I am halfway in the other lane.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 012014

Passat 4-cyl Diesel

  • 19,414 miles
Car pulls sharply to the right. Volkswagen states that everything is in spec. Nothing is bent or broken. We have a second 2013 Passat that does the same thing. The caster is out of spec in a independent alignment, but was told it is non adjustable.( came from the factory this way) many Passats from 2012- 2014 have this issue. At 65 mph our two Passats will completely change lanes in 6 seconds.

- San Jose, CA, USA

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problem #1

Jul 312013


  • 1,000 miles
1. there is a noticeable hesitation after a cold start (tdi, diesel engine) going from 2nd to 3rd gear. This has occurred everyday since purchased. 2. this car has always and still has a hard right pull since purchase (car will pull into adjacent lane within 200-250 feet). My previous 2012 Passat tdi sel steered staight. My car has been to the local dealership to fix this issue on four separate occasions, to no avail.

- Gonzales, LA, USA

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