hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,229 miles

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2002 Volkswagen Passat lights problems

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2002 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #7

Jan 272011

Passat 6-cyl

  • 125,000 miles


I was driving at night and pulled over because my car had no operating tail lights (the headlights and other front lights were working properly). Turning the lights off and then back on solved the problem temporarily, but further testing when I returned home revealed that the tail lights were not always turning on with the rest of the lights. An internet search revealed this is a relatively common problem for these cars and that a failed headlight switch is the culprit. Replacing the switch solved the problem.

- Spokane, WA, USA

problem #6

Jun 052007

Passat 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
The headlight lens on my Passat have become "clouded" over time resulting in reduced brightness from the headlamps and creating an unsafe driving condition at night. In discussing the issue with other Passat owners, it's clear that this is a common problem. The reduced brightness has become a true safety hazard over time as visibility at night is severely affected. The lens is actually opaque at this point. Volkswagen denies responsibility as the car is out of warranty.

- Concord, OH, USA

problem #5

Jul 102010


  • 70,100 miles
Turn signal produces continuous turn signal noise after use of the turn signal. This is a significant distraction while driving and discourages use of the turn signal. This has been a persistent problem.

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #4

Jul 262002

Passat 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 500 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Volkswagen Passat. The contact stated that her vehicle was a lemon when she purchased it in 2002. Water enters the vehicle from the sun roof whenever it rains. She received a recall notice, but the vehicle was not repaired according to the recall. The vehicle was taken to the dealer more than fifteen times, but it has never been repaired. The failure mileage was 500 miles. Updated 8/24/09 the consumer was told the water leak was coming from the after market speaker. The headlight tail light and fog light bulbs were replaced. The check engine light illuminated and the coolant bottle had a hairline crack. The heat in the vehicle was not working properly. The technician discovered the heater core had a blockage. The water pump was leaking. Both outer cv boots were replaced. There was a large evap leak at the purge valve which was replaced. The cruise control light was on. The right side valve cover gasket was leaking oil and the alternator was replaced. Updated 08/26/09.

- Hampton, VA, USA

problem #3

Oct 052008


  • 68,000 miles
Turn signal/hazard relay switch failed while driving, no turn signals...find out there has been a recall on the 2002 jetta and golfs but not on the Passat, same switch in all the cars made by VW...this is a huge hazard, why hasn't VW recalled the 2002 Passats as well?

- Kirkwood, CA, USA

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problem #2

Apr 202007


  • 61,000 miles
Rear tail light on 2002 Volkswagen Passat 4 motion remained on even when car was shut off or locked. Dealership replaced comfort control model for $500. Since the replacement, interior lights come on periodically causing the battery to drain and the passenger doors will not unlock with the key fob.

- Northport, NY, USA

problem #1

Aug 032005

(reported on)


  • miles
The consumer complained that the front right daytime running lamp was constantly failing on his 2002 VW Passat. The dealer explained that the lights a prone to burn out because the are on whenever the vehicle is on.

- Randallstown, MD, USA

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