hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,662 miles

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2001 Volkswagen Passat exhaust system problems

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2001 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 012008


  • 51,000 miles


TL-the contact owns a 2001 Volkswagen Passat glx. While driving approximately 40 mph the vehicle engine light came on. The contact stated he drove the vehicle to his destination. The vehicle was taken to a local repair shop and he was told the catalytic converter needed replacing. The failure was constant since July 1, 2008. The vehicle has not been repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 51,000 and the current mileage was 62,000. Vwb

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #5

Apr 072008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles
I have had my 2001 VW Passat for 7 years now and have had it in the shop multiple issues including warped rotors (front and back), cracked chasse, electrical issues and various other problems. Before having this car, I had a Toyota for 8 years and in the 8 years I had the Toyota, I only had it in the shop for routine maintenance. This car is disappointing and everyone I talk to who has a similar model/year says the same thing. I think the 2001 VW Passat is a lemon.

- Westminster, CO, USA

problem #4

Aug 012007

Passat 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Volkswagen Passat. The contact stated that the on-board diagnostic indicated that the catalytic converter needed to be replaced. The dealer and manufacturer refused to replace the unit. The dealer stated that there were no recalls available. The VIN, engine size, and dealer information were unknown. The failure and current mileages were 75,000.

- Harrisburg, PA, USA

problem #3

Sep 082005

Passat 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,000 miles


The check engine light came on with a message display of "emissions workshop!" around 73K mi. The car dealer I bought it from thought it might be the O2 sensors, but it turned out not be to. I took it to the local VW dealer and they told me that it was a "recall/service bulletin" problem of some sort so they reset my onboard computer. The check engine light came on again with the same message shortly there after. I took it in to the VW dealer again and they replaced both of my catalytic converters (which were covered by the VW emissions warranty). This seemed to have resolved the problem. (the problem occurred the same day I purchased the vehicle so it would be a good assumption that this problem had occurred before I attained the vehicle).

- Arcata, CA, USA

problem #2

Aug 072004

Passat 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,870 miles
Shielding on exhaust system separated and made contact with manifold, causing a fire.

- Mohnton, PA, USA

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problem #1

Oct 152003

Passat 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,100 miles
Upper control arms on both sides are worn out. Tie rods are worn out on both sides. Catalytic converters needed replaced. I paid for the tie rods, warranty covered converters, and I have not had the upper control arms replaced. Oil leaks on engine. Interior lights do not activate when drivers door is opened.

- Olmsted Township, OH, USA

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