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8.0

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,949 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 Owner Comments

problem #16

Oct 252016

Passat

  • miles

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

There is a faint but unmistakable smell of engine coolant coming from the front of the car near the radiator after the car gets to operating temperature. Coolant level is decreasing very slightly over the course of several months. There are no visible signs of coolant anywhere in the engine or on the ground. Car operates normally, does not overheat.

- Maitland, FL, USA

problem #15

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 #14

Jul 072016

Passat

  • 7,260 miles
Recently my 2015 VW Passat stalled while stopped at a red light. Dealer advised that it was giving codes for a malfunctioning air intake absolute pressure sensor. After it was replaced under warranty, the engine continued to run very rough and seemed to be sluggish. On taking it back to the dealer I have been advised that the code for the absolute pressure sensor has reappeared and VW suspects that it is an engine electrical harness problem which is due for replacement. Additionally, the ESC light lit up on the dashboard one evening and stayed on for about an hour and went away after the engine had been turned off for about an hour. Based on other complaints I read, there appears to be a pattern in such malfunctions - either electrical or computer-related. If the car were to stall or go out of control in full traffic, it could lead to a potentially life-threatening situation.

- Ashburn, VA, USA

problem #13

Jul 052016

Passat

  • 15,000 miles

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

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 #12

May 102016

Passat

  • 4,164 miles
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

Apr 142016

Passat

  • 4,290 miles
Rodents are eating wiring in car due to soy plastics. This could result in car becoming nonoperational while driving, which could result in injury or death. The United States code for motor vehicle safety (title 49, chapter 301) defines motor vehicle safety as "the performance of a motor vehicle or motor vehicle equipment in a way that protects the public against unreasonable risk of accidents occurring because of the design, construction, or performance of a motor vehicle, and against unreasonable risk of death or injury in an accident, and includes nonoperational safety of a motor vehicle." A defect includes "any defect in performance, construction, a component, or material of a motor vehicle or motor vehicle equipment." Generally, a safety defect is defined as a problem that exists in a motor vehicle or item of motor vehicle equipment that: Poses an risk to motor vehicle safety and may exist in a group of vehicles of the same design or manufacture may exist in a group of items of equipment of the same type and manufacture. Please stop automakers from using plant based wiring immediately. Automakers are making millions of dollars replacing wiring. Get to work please, fix this problem!

- Aptos, CA, USA

problem #10

Mar 202016

Passat

  • miles

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

With no warning car would not brake. Brake was stiff and would not go down, emergency brake had to be used which could of caused the car to spin out. This car was serviced for the matter at hand. This situation should never had happened it was hazardous, life threating, and a total safety fail. My family and I were at risk because of this!

- Rahway, NJ, USA

problem #9

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 #8

Dec 042015

Passat

  • miles
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 #7

Jan 062016

Passat

  • 19,797 miles
I was driving on my way to take my children to school when the vehicle started to shake and sputter and it stalled out just before I was going to drive through a busy intersection. I put the car in park and turned it on and it started to sputter as I put it in drive and depressed the gas pedal the car would not move. I turned off the car twice until it started up again and I was able to drive just down the street to a safe place. The car started to shake it started to smell funny. I had the vehicle towed to the dealership where diagnostics were run and test drove however the VW dealership said there was nothing wrong with the car. I do have to add that the batter light came on but everything else on the vehicle dashboard was functioning. This is the 2nd time this has happened and I've only had the vehicle for a year.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #6

Nov 112015

Passat

  • 12,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2015 Volkswagen Passat. The contact stated that while driving at 55 mph, the engine stalled while the battery warning light illuminated. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the computer software needed to be updated. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred numerous times. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 12,000.

- Plantation, FL, USA

problem #5

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 #4

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 #3

Dec 152015

Passat

  • 2,000 miles
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 #2

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 #1

Jul 062015

Passat

  • 35 miles
When you accelerate the automobile the car hesitates up to 10 seconds and looses power, power returns after the 1 through 10 seconds. This happens at various points; on rolling highway while making a pass of another car; changing lanes on the highway and accelerating, at dead stop from either a stop sign or stop light. I happens in city driving, local streets and just about anywhere one drives and occurs as hesitation for 1 to 10 seconds, the RPM's drop from where ever they are originally to almost zero, but the car does not stall, once the accelerator is undepressed it comes back to normal. These conditions above can cause a serious condition, such as a major collision with another or more than one car and could result in a fatal accident. This hesitation has happened 35 times since 07/06/2015, and still is occurring.

- Post Falls, ID, USA

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