fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,250 miles

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2003 Volkswagen Passat windows / windshield problems

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2003 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #2

May 012004

Passat 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 18,500 miles


We purchased a new Volkswagen Passat station wagon from livonia Volkswagen autoplex (now thayer automotive livonia, Inc.) in July, 2003. At 18,500 miles, the car developed a rattle in the under carriage and the brakes were squeaky. We took it to the dealer and their service department stated that the car has aftermarket brakes that fit differently from VW brakes, hence the rattle. However, these are the brakes that were on the car when they sold it to us. We have contacted VW of America customer service on three occasions regarding this issue. They contacted the dealership and were told by the service dept. That the brake pads appeared "too new" to have 18,500 miles on them (implying that we have had the brakes replaced). Based on this, VW of America states they will not authorize VW brakes to be put on the car. We have not had the brakes on this car replaced or serviced in any way, and have never had the car serviced anywhere but this dealership. Incidentally, the day after the 10,000 mile service, the windshield fluid reservoir was empty, and the day after the brake inspection a hubcap flew off. This may speak to the skill and integrity of this service department. We filed a complaint with the Michigan department of state bureau of regulatory services who state that this matter was not in their jurisdiction because the dealership is no longer licensed by the state, and suggested we contact you. We bought this car in good faith, assuming, of course, that it was made of all VW parts. Apparently it is not. Currently, our new car has squeaky brakes, an increasingly loud rattle in the undercarriage, and a missing hubcap. VW of America will not help us. The sales manager and owner of the dealership do not return our calls. We would like VW brakes on our VW car, assurance that everything else on the car is, in fact, a VW product, and a hubcap replaced. A family who buys a new car about once every twelve years would appreciate help.

- Whitmore Lake, MI, USA

problem #1

Feb 162003

Passat 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
I own a 2003 VW Passat, the new style windshield wipers are usless in snowy and/or icy conditions. The snow and ice accumulateon the wipping blade with no where to discharge it. This occours on every swipe not after long term use. I complained at the dealership and VW and was told nothing can be done but was told that other owners complain about the wipers. During snow conditions I have to drive at 20-25 mph and turn the wipers off. I noticed on the 2004 models a small change in the design of the wipers, there must be a reason why a change was implemented on a one year design, but VW will not admit or change my wiper. I am not a mechanical engineer but could see the problem with the design only one hour after constantly stopping to clear the ice/snow of the wiper blade. Hope that somebody will look at this problem.

- Dresher, PA, USA

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