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7.7

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,100 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.

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2015 Volkswagen Passat brakes problems

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2015 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #15

Jul 142016

Passat

  • 8,932 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Previously car was recalled in March due to camshaft & was told it was good; hence the following: I was traveling on loop 303 at 65 mph, then on bell road at 45 mph, then turned into my community of sun city grand at 25 mph when brakes failed approx 3 streets from my home

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #14

Jul 142016

Passat

  • 8,932 miles
Previously car was recalled in March due to camshaft & was told it was good; hence the following: I was traveling on loop 303 at 65 mph, then on bell road at 45 mph, then turned into my community of sun city grand at 25 mph when brakes failed approx 3 streets from my home

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #13

Jul 132016

Passat

  • 43,000 miles
The contact owns a 2015 Volkswagen Passat. While driving approximately 55 mph, the brake pedal was depressed, but the vehicle hesitated to stop. The contact had to apply excessive pressure to the brake pedal in order for the brakes to work effectively. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The failure recurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 43,000.

- Lumberton, NC, USA

problem #12

May 102016

Passat

  • 4,164 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While braking on a hill the Passat made a clunking sound and a wrench service light illuminated. The brakes become soft and do not respond as quickly as before. In addition, when reversing, the brake pedal will become non responsive while the calipers hold the car in place. I am unable to move the car until I place it back in park and try again.

- Bullard, TX, USA

problem #11

Dec 312015

Passat

  • 10,000 miles
Factory recall but original notification from Dec-2015 had no resolve or date for resolve. However, when I contacted the VW factory they advised me I could go ahead and make an appointment to resolve at my own expense"???? VW claims something called the sintered cam has the potential to shear off from the camshaft. It sure sounds mechanical to me but VW claims to help correct the this defect they will update our on board computer software???? huh....... we do not trust VW and wonder if there is another motive for wanting to access our on board computer????? kinda like the diesel vehicles having tweeked software to deceive smog checks???" help.....

- Murrieta, CA, USA

problem #10

Jan 192016

Passat

  • 5,700 miles
The contact owns a 2015 Volkswagen Passat. While driving 20 mph, the brake pedal was depressed and failed to repond. The contact mentioned that the emergency brake was used to stop the vehicle. The malfunction indicator lamp illuminated. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the camshaft lobe sheared off and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. After the repair, the vehicle was driven and fumes of smoke appeared from the hood of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the gasket and the vacuum pump failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V705000 (engine and engine cooling, service brakes, hydraulic). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 5,700.

- West Hills, CA, USA

problem #9

Dec 042015

Passat

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact leased a 2015 Volkswagen Passat. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V705000 (engine and engine cooling, service brakes, hydraulic). The dealer was unable to determine when the parts would become available to schedule the recall repair appointment. The manufacturer was unable to provide a specific date that the parts would be sent to the dealer. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Arroyo Grande, CA, USA

problem #8

Dec 022015

Passat

  • 2,000 miles
The contact owns a 2015 Volkswagen Passat. While driving at 65 mph, the brake pedal was depressed but it took a greater amount of time to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V705000 (engine and engine cooling, service brakes hydraulic); however, the part needed to repair the vehicle was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 2,000.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #7

Jan 012016

Passat

  • miles
I received a recall notice pertaining to a faulty camshaft that's lobe could shear off and disable the power braking system. Recall 23R1 nhtsa15V705. "..could lead to a crash without warning". they also state that the replacement part will not be available until March '16 now my wife and daughter refuse to drive in the care knowing that the brakes could lose power without warning. I think this is ridiculous to allow people to continue to drive defective cars knowing a potentially serious crash could occur.

- Johns Creek, GA, USA

problem #6

Dec 282015

Passat

  • miles
The contact owns a 2015 Volkswagen Passat. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V705000 (engine and engine cooling, service brakes, hydraulic); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

problem #5

Dec 152015

Passat

  • 2,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

In December of 2015,2 months after buying car, while driving my epc light came on my car had a sudden loss of power, shuddered, and stalled. I almost caused an accident when I pulled out onto the highway and could not increase speed.fast enough. I called the VW dealership where I purchased the car and they said the car has to come in to be checked. After 2 hours of diagnostics, and they actually called Volkswagen of America re the problem. They decided that it was a connectivity issue and that they had to replace the whole wiring harness, the car has to be towed in as driving could be dangerous. Also a recall NHTSA# 15V705 just came in the mail about recall 23R1. There are a potential 3 other recalls on the VW 2015 Passat.

- Lake Ariel, PA, USA

problem #4

Dec 102015

Passat

  • miles
The contact owns a 2015 Volkswagen Passat. The contact stated that the brakes and engine failed. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V705000 (engine and engine cooling, service brakes, hydraulic) however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #3

Aug 112015

Passat

  • 3,600 miles
The contact owns a 2015 Volkswagen Passat. While driving approximately 60 mph and depressing the brake pedal, the vehicle failed to respond after the ecp and the engine warning indicators illuminated. The brake pedal was depressed several times in order for it to respond. The vehicle was restarted, but the failure persisted. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the main shaft was twisted and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 3,600.

- Deer Park, NY, USA

problem #2

May 142015

Passat

  • 1,370 miles
While exiting highway and traveling at near highway speeds, the epc light illuminated on the dashboard. Seconds later the braking system failed. I was forced to veer from crashing into the vehicle in front of me. I then put the car in neutral and pull on the emergency brake handle until I brought the car to a complete stop.

- Sanford, FL, USA

problem #1

Mar 132015

Passat 4-cyl

  • 1,800 miles
While driving the epc light came on and 5 minutes later while using the brakes they became stiffer and then within 30 seconds locked up completely so that you could not press down on the brakes at all and they were not functioning. I had to run the stop sign and veer off into the grass to slow car down and pull emergency brake.

- Columbia, MD, USA

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