hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
116,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2001 Volkswagen Passat brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #4

Mar 012010


  • 130,000 miles


After 130000 miles, 2001 VW Passat ABS/brake light lights up at random and beeps 3 times while driving, no break depression necessary for this light to go off. Mechanic diagnoses as ABS control module malfunction. This occurs multiple times during operation. Part to cost $635 and labor and reprogram of new part totaling $900. Diagnosis of the issue $100. All together, $1000. Part has not yet been replaced.

- Parker, CO, USA

problem #3

Nov 012008


  • 120,000 miles
Faulty Bosch ABS module in 2001 Volkswagen Passat due to faulty design. The wire gauge is too small, causing overheating and component failure. ABS module unit rebuilt to correct standards. After researching, found that there are several thousand complaints of the same nature. Hoping to get VW to recall this problem.

- Ormond Beach, FL, USA

problem #2

Jan 062009


  • 99,000 miles
ABS controller failed.

- Wylie, TX, USA

problem #1

May 152008


  • 115,000 miles
My 2001 VW Passat ABS module became defective after 1 year of owning car from the original owner. Not sure if original owner had done repairs/replacements of the unit. Now there is no communication between the car computer and the module, therefore no ABS brake is active. ABS light stays on and brake light flashes intermittently. There are also 3 beeps when car has been started. I am a very unhappy consumer of VW due to their faulty vehicle equipment and has deter me from purchasing any VW in the future. I have recently just had a repair to replace my maf sensor, 2 ignition coils, 4 spark plugs again after purchasing brand new ones just a month prior. It was very costly!!

- Appleton, WI, USA

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