hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,675 miles

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2001 Volkswagen Passat fuel system problems

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2001 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #6

May 162011

Passat 4-cyl

  • 198,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Volkswagen Passat. The contact stated that while driving 20 mph, he would smell a strong odor of gasoline. He then inspected the engine and was unable to locate a fuel leak. He later discovered a trail of gasoline leaking from the vehicle. The vehicle was not inspected by a dealer nor repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and they advised him that there were no recalls on his vehicle. The failure and current mileages were approximately 198,000. Updated 07/21/11 the consumer stated the fracture occurred without external stress of any kind. It developed without warning and given the position within the engine compartment, it could have easily resulted in a fire. The consumer was informed his VIN was not included in the recall. Updated 02/03/12

- Dillon, CO, USA

problem #5

Feb 242009

Passat 6-cyl

  • 101,803 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Volkswagen Passat. The contact received a recall notice regarding the R5 recall campaign. She was unable to locate the NHTSA campaign id number online. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for repair. The technician stated that the catalytic converter flex pipe must be disengaged to perform the recall repair. If any damages occur during the detachment of the component, the contact would be responsible for the expense. The contact was displeased to know that the recall remedy could possibly be expensive. The failure and current mileages were 101,803. Updated 04/24/09. Updated 04/27/09.8jb

- Herdon, VA, USA

problem #4

Nov 032008

Passat 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,004 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Volkswagen Passat. The vehicle failed a routine inspection because the engine warning indicator illuminated on the instrument control panel. The inspector advised the contact of a recall on her vehicle pertaining to the failure. The dealer stated that the VIN was excluded from NHTSA campaign id number 08V156000 (fuel system, gasoline:delivery). The vehicle has not yet been repaired. The failure and current mileages were 62,004. The consumer stated there was a strong smell of gas every time she turned the vehicle off. Updated 02/24/09.

- Stoneham, MA, USA

problem #3

Jun 162003

Passat 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,000 miles


Fuel gauge was indicating incorrect amounts of gasoline in the tank. The fuel gauge always indicated a full tank of gas. The dealer replaced the fuel sending unit to remedy the problem. A recall (01V157000) was issued for the fuel sending unit but the consumers vehicle was not included due to VIN. The vehicles extended warranty covered most of the cost.

- Cocoa, FL, USA

problem #2

Jul 222003

Passat 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,244 miles
Failure of the fuel gas sender resulted in a sudden and complete loss of engine power when there was remaining gasoline in the fuel tank. Automobile was asending a steep grade on us 580 West bound toward livermore ca, in heavy traffic, outside temperature was 106 degrees F, fuel gauge registered 1/8 to 1/4 tank of fuel remaining. Car was towed to dealer and was able to restart by the dealer technician on level ground. The 1 3B0-919-673-S sender was replaced. Dublin VW repair ivoice number 268745. Dealer reported two other cars with a similar problem during the prior week.

- Thousand Oaks, CA, USA

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problem #1

Feb 272001


  • miles
My vehicle has the same problem as described by your recall campain id#01V157000, unfortunately, my car is not included in this recall.

- Carbondale, CO, USA

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