definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,333 miles

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2001 Volkswagen Passat accessories - interior problems

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2001 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 162009


  • 115,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Volkswagen Passat. She stated that while driving with the heated seats on, she began to feel extremely hot. Upon further inspection, she noticed a hole in the driver seat. The dealer stated that she would have to pay $500 - $600 to replace the seat. No repairs were made. The failure and current mileages were 115,000.

- Holland , MI, USA

problem #2

Jan 012004

Passat 6-cyl

  • miles
The front driver seat smelt like it was burning and a small amount of smokeor haze appeared in the car. Turned seat off and it dissipated. Is this a major porblem? also on interior door handles a cheap repaint peels off after less than two years. I see this problem in all vws, so I look at this as a major problem. When I approached VW America, they offered to pay half the cost as the car is out of warranty, hmmm. Thank you.

- Mt.Pleasant, SC, USA

problem #1

Jan 302004


  • miles
I have a 2001 VW Passat. I turned the seat heater O onthe dirvers side and in about 5 minutes their was smoke coming from the seat and the heating coil had burned a hole in the seat.

- Denver, CO, USA

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