hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,537 miles

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2001 Volkswagen Passat suspension problems

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2001 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #5

Mar 222007

Passat 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles


Engine sludge in engine leading to failure of the oil pump and the turbo. In addition, also had to have the front control arms, and tie-rods replaced, and even now there were still problems with the front suspension. I have researched and found these were similar problems with many Passat owners. I still recall the major issue / recall over the ignition coil failures and how VW of America denied there ever was a problem. The entire car should be declared a lemon !!!! the oil pump failure leading to failures of the turbo, and seizure of the engine should be proof enough that this car has too many major problems and should be recalled.

- Mt. Arlington, NJ, USA

problem #4

Aug 042005

Passat 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 53,000 miles
The front control arms on my 2001 VW Passat need to be replaced. The car only has 54K miles on it.

- Montclair, NJ, USA

problem #3

Jul 282005

Passat 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,663 miles
Car was making noise at slow speed and would shake at faster speeds. I was told I needed 2 tie rods which were replaced. The problem continued and I was then told it was the control arms and I needed all 4 replaced. My car is not even 4 years old and has only 45,000. I understand from other sites that this is a problem on VW's and Audi's.

- Hartsdale , NY, USA

problem #2

Oct 032004

Passat 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,020 miles
Front suspension control arm bushings on 2001 (B5) Passat model are defective and fail prematurely at 30,000-50,000 miles. Failure is systemic and widespread. Failure of front control arm bushings can lead to the loss of vehicle control causing an accident, injury, and possibly death. Investigation on the internet has shown this problem to be widespread both in europe and the us, yet VW has not taken any ownership of this serious product defect. Corrective action being taken is to install aftermarket components that have been strengthened to eliminate the defect and are manufactured by meyle of germany. As this model ages, the defect problem will increase.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #1

Jul 272004

Passat 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles
Control arms required replacement at substatial cost.

- Lakewood, CO, USA

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