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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,000 miles

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2016 Volkswagen Passat drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2016 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #1

May 072016


  • 2,000 miles


Harsh downshift associated with a very audible clunk or bang in the drive train or transmission since new. Occurs when utilizing the auto-shift (aka tiptronic(tm)) shift to downshift when de-ccelerating to a stop. Bang occurs at low RPM (<700) and low speed (<10mph) and only when shifting 2nd gear to 1st gear. Problem can be reproduced and is associated with city street driving when using the tiptronic to cascade down through the gears when approaching a stop. I have demonstrated the defect/condition to Volkswagen technical. It remains unresolved and was relegated to being a "normal" occurrence.

- Rochester, NY, USA

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