definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,250 miles

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1998 Volkswagen Passat steering problems

steering problem

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1998 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 012004

Passat 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 85,000 miles


My 1998 VW Passat has a loud grinding, rumbling sound and vibration coming from the front suspension, sounds like the wheels are going to fall off. The dealer replaced the cross link arms at a cost of approx $300. I also had the tie rods replaced under recall. But noise/vibration still there. Now the dealer tells me it might be bushings on either the upper control arm or the lower control arm, each costing about $1300 to replace. I asked the dealer if this was a normal repair item, they said "sure", your car has 90K miles on it. I find it hard to believe that a well built, safe car would have this type of expensive repair.

- Belmont, MA, USA

problem #3

Feb 172003

Passat 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Defective tie rod assembly and lower ink arm-N and lower control arm-N caused potentially dangerous steering condition and made loud grinding noises.

- Florence, MA, USA

problem #2

Aug 022001


  • miles
Left lower arm link is broken and causes some noise when driving. Contacted dealer.

- East Lansing, MI, USA

problem #1

Nov 011999


  • miles
Contacted the dealer at failure and stated that they had no tools to repair the tie rods. Also contacted the volkwageen of America. This item has a recall on my car. But, my chasis is not one of the 51,000 vehicles on the list, but my car is a 1998 VW Passat. I need to find out how to have my car placed on the recall list so that the dealer can re-place my faulty tie rod on my car.

- Pomona, CA, USA

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