hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,875 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 072008


  • 120,000 miles


The ABS light and a brake light are on on my 2001 Volkswagen Passat for the last eight months. I have been searching and looks like there has been a lot of complaints for this same problem.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #3

Aug 102006

Passat 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,000 miles
ABS module on my 2001 VW Passat failed. This was a $1000 repair. I T failed at about 81,000 miles.

- Huntingdon Valley, PA, USA

problem #2

Apr 172007

Passat 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
While I was driving, my instrument panel starting flashing the "ABS" light and beeping loudly, the information panel displayed "brake fault", then "stop" in large letters. I checked my brakes and they still worked. Then the beeping and display messages stopped, and the traction control light came on. The service advisor at the dealership told me that this is a known issue with the electronic control unit in 98-01 Volkswagen Passats. The hydraulic brakes still work, but the ABS may fail to activate in a panic stop. The cost to replace the electronics is $876, and the new unit is not as prone to failure as the original.

- Longmont, CO, USA

problem #1

Oct 102005

Passat 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,500 miles
A couple of days ago my ABS, brake and asr lights came on not necessarily together. The ABS and brake would be together with the matrix display showing stop service manual and later the asr light would be on with the rest going off. Funny, I was going down a slope, no braking, the ABS/brake came on and went off immediately! its very random, comes on or off at any time. Checking on the internet, it seems like its a very common occurrence with VW cars.

- Mason, OH, USA

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