really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
83,333 miles

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2005 Volkswagen Passat seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2005 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 192005


  • 189,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Volkswagen Passat. The contact stated that the brake pedal would travel to the floor when depressed. The dealer stated that the brake booster needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure persisted. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer for state inspection and no failure codes were present at that time. The dealer was unable to repair the vehicle. A couple of weeks later, while driving 32 mph, the brakes failed and the contact crashed into the rear passenger side bumper of the preceding vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed and there were no injuries. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 189,000.

- W Springfield, MA, USA

problem #2

Apr 302010


  • 43,000 miles
Dashboard shows airbag fault. Google search indicate this is a common problem for VW Passat. Yet, VW has not issued any recall.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #1

Aug 042006

Passat 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles
Side impact air bags failed to deploy, despite significant damage to driver's side front and rear doors from a direct impact. Also damaged was the "B" post, along with 12" intrusion into passenger space.

- Concord, CA, USA

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