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

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1998 Volkswagen Passat drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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1998 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 172006

Passat 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles


Beginning in June 2002, I began reporting to VW service centers issues with the suspension and drivetrain. Most of these issues were referenced by the NHTSA (see 99V248000). On January 25, 2005 I wrote to Volkswagen of America detailing the suspension and drivetrain issues, including referencing the NHTSA recall numbers and providing voa with copies of my service records. Voa subsequently responded by sending me a check for $692.13, which was ostensibly provided in connection with the letter I sent. Yesterday, I went to a VW service center and was told that the outboard cv joints needed to be replaced (VW part number 8D0498099bx). While waiting in the service center lounge, I noted that two other customers, one of whom also had a 1998 VW Passat, were told that their cv joints and or boots needed replacement. I have researched this issue today and have found anecdotal evidence that a properly maintained cv joint should never have to be replaced and that it should be regularly inspected every 50,000 miles. I have combed all of my service records and not once was this evaluation ever performed. It appears this may be a serious defect or flaw in certain VW Passat models and because it has safety implications, I would appreciate it being investigated.

- Freehold, NJ, USA

problem #3

Feb 132003


  • miles
While driving saw smoke coming out from under the hood. Pulled over, opened hood and saw vehicle was on fire. Vehicle suffered extensive damage. Also, throttle body and cv joints needed to be replaced. Vehicle stalles, misfired, and idle fluctuated from low to high.

- Albany, NY, USA

problem #2

Sep 042002

(reported on)


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Consumer stated there was a noise coming from the front of the vehicle, dealer replaced right side cv boot and outer cv boot due to them being worn, and also the drive shaft was replaced.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #1

Apr 042002


  • miles
Design flaw in tie rod ends and protective boot. Excessive wear and failure of joint could result in loss of ability to steer. This may result in an accident and vehicle damage.

- Northford, CT, USA

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