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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,398 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.

2015 Volkswagen Passat engine problems

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2015 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 192016


  • 5,000 miles


On 1/19/16 I experienced a serious issue while driving my 2015 VW Passat. As I was pulling into a parking space after my 12-mile commute to work I applied the brakes. No stopping occurred, in fact I experienced a sudden unintended acceleration. While my foot remained on and continued to press the brake pedal, the engine revved and the car lurched forward. I attempted to put the car in neutral and tried to apply the emergency brake but was unsuccessful in stopping the vehicle. My care came to rest only after hitting the curb and a masonry wall/hand rail. Once the vehicle came to a stop, I put the car in reverse to assess the damage. I assessed the damage to the front end and tried tor reposition the car in the parking space only to have the same event occur again. The following day I called the dealership to report the incident and was instructed to have the vehicle towed in for inspection. A loaner was provided. Twenty-one days later, on 2/8/16 I received a call stating that no manufacturing faults were found and that VW will not agree to repair the damage or discuss any concerns related to lack of confidence in the vehicle. Furthermore, when asked about arbitration, I was informed that my only recourse was calling VW corporate. When my husband called as instructed, we were informed that VW's position was decided based on their lack of manufacturer defects found. Vehicle remains at dealership. No inspection reports were offered, no damage reports or estimates provided.

- Montville, OH, USA

problem #1

Jan 062016


  • 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

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