definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,460 miles

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2003 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #5

Apr 252008


  • 22,000 miles


Continental tires (all four) are separating along the tread and they claim the tires are not defective.

- Hardwick, NJ, USA

problem #4

Oct 022006


  • miles
On October 2nd, I was driving on interstate 85 in durham, North Carolina when I heard a faint pop and then felt my car transfer weight from the left to the right. As I looked in my review I saw a tire without a rim rolling behind me. I merged to the left shoulder and stopped under an underpass. Upon further investigation I discovered my left rear tire tread belt had blown away from both the inner and outer side walls. The tread belt was still completely intact, making it look as if it were a donut. The inner and outer side walls had remained intact to the rim. Some minor damage to the wheel well of the vehicle had occurred. Seeing as these tires were purchased in December of 2005, and had less than 40,000 and they're rated for 80,000 miles, I believe these tires are defective and dangerous. The tire brand is Goodyear triple tread assurance. Currently the car's rear tire has been replaced with a full size spare tire and will be brought back to the tire dealer tomorrow to deal with this issue.

- Bahama, NC, USA

problem #3

Jul 232005

Passat 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 47,000 miles
I purchase a new 2003 Volkswagen Passat from burlington Volkswagen 2 years ago and have taken it back to the dealership at least 7 times since then for a myriad of problems, from airbag lights coming on to check enginge light to the latest of the car shutting off in the middle of the road.

- Columbus, NJ, USA

problem #2

Dec 062004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
I have owned my Passat for 17 months, I have replaced tires twice, and have had a total of three flat tires, two of which were the R rear. I read other complaints in regards to the R rear tire. Notified my dealer, they wouldn't do anything, stated that I would have to contact the tire company. Well, two different brand tires, and still the same problems.

- Parsons, WV, USA

problem #1

May 032004

Passat 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,300 miles
One Continental contitouring contact tire (205 55R16) on the right rear wheel with approximately 23,300 miles failed unexpectantly at highway speed (approx 65 mph). Tire tread separated from sidewall and damaged brake line and wheelwell liner. Was able to maintain control of vehicle which is a Passat glx with the 4 motion all wheel drive system. Had all four tires replaced when tire technician could not find any cause of tire failure (e.g. punctures, hot spots, tire not round). Kept old tire and sidewall parts.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

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