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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,112 miles

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2015 Volkswagen Passat drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2015 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 062016


  • 36,146 miles


There has been numerous of times where my car has lost power during acceleration.

- East Point, GA, USA

problem #3

Jul 132016


  • 13,000 miles
The contact owns a 2015 Volkswagen Passat. While in park with the emergency brake engaged, the vehicle rolled away in reverse and crashed into a tree. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was not filed. There were no passengers in the vehicle when the failure occurred. The vehicle was driven to the contact's residence and was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 13,000.

- Fort Pierce, FL, USA

problem #2

Jul 052016


  • 15,000 miles
I got a recall notice regarding the cam issue with this vehicle. They are tell me the fix is to change the software in the ECM. However doing so will change the timing on my car which will affect the performance, gas mileage and emission that my pzev car puts out. VW refuses to give me a straight answer on what they are changing. I believe that said changes will cause my vechile to pollute more and get worse mileage as they must be adjusting the timing to change the amount of vacuum the cam shaft makes.

- Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

problem #1

Oct 042014

Passat 4-cyl

  • 300 miles
Vehicle lost power while driving. Several warning lights appear. This occurred three other times, even after they car had been in for repair. Various engine parts have been replaced, such the turbo kit, turbo charger, glow plugs. The last incident occurred on Dec 5 after picking the vehicle up and assured that it was fully repaired. While exiting the dealership, the car lost power and I was almost T-boned. The dealer continues to replace parts on the advice of the VW regional service manager. Yet we have serious concerns about the safety of the vehicle when in motion. They have put more miles on it than we have.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

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