hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
84,694 miles

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2001 Volkswagen Passat accessories - exterior problems

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2001 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 012010


  • 70,000 miles


01 VW Passat heater core. It doesn't put out enough heat to clear the windshield from fogging up or defrosting it either. This is an on going problem in the colder months. It's very difficult to see where I'm driving at times. There has been occasion where I've driven off the edge of the road because I could not see clearly. I had the heater core cleaned thoroughly and back flushed. Still the problem persists.

- Stuart, VA, USA

problem #1

Sep 012005

Passat 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 99,387 miles
The contact states that the vehicle is a 2001.5 Volkswagen Passat. There is a problem with the windows fogging. This occurs when the temperature is around 50 degrees or less. The fog will appear on the window after the vehicle is started. Sometimes the fog will appear after the contact was driving. It will occur wither or not the heater or fan turned on. The problem seems to be less severe once the vehicle was heated. The only way the fog will go away is if the air conditioner is turned on high. She has already taken it to the dealership twice, each time they did a pressure check to the heater core, but no repairs were made. She is taking it back again to the dealer. There was a previous problem with the radiator leaking. The radiator was replaced on October 4, 2005. The fog problem appears to have gotten worse since the radiator was replaced.

- Fort Lewis, WA, USA

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