definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,421 miles

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2001 Volkswagen Passat suspension problems

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2001 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #5

Mar 122009


  • 35,000 miles


Front ball joint failure at approx. 35,000 miles. Then a lower control arm failure at 95,000 miles. Old control arm is available.

- Marion, NC, USA

problem #4

Jul 262008


  • 77,105 miles
I have a '01 VW Passat. I had to go to the VW dealer today since I was hearing a pinging noise when I drive. They checked and advised that the lower control arm and tie ends would need to be replaced since they were worn out. The car has 77K miles and on researching have found that other VW Passat owners from the same time frame are having the same issue. It has been attributed to design flaws. I am worried that this is going to deteriorate and lead to an accident. Additionally they identified a valve cover camshaft seal leakage. This is another issue that has been identified by other owners.

- Port Washington, NY, USA

problem #3

Apr 032008

Passat 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Failure of multiple front control arms in 2001 VW Passat. Was given quote of nearly $2100 to repair control arms. Was told this is a "wide spread" problem with VW Passats and nothing has been recalled as of yet.

- Bellingham, WA, USA

problem #2

Aug 092006

Passat 4-cyl

  • miles
The squeaking and creaking of the front end of my VW Passat 2001 is horrendous. My local VW and the VW of a have done nothing to remedy the situation and, regardless of the increasing number of complaints and increasing problems in controlling the car, are asking for approximately $1500 to "fix" the problem.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 252005

Passat 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
On August 25 onwer was upset because he had to replace tie rods, and had the vehicle aligned. He said the tie rods had to be replaced becuase they were frozen. The repair shop replaced the tie rods.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

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