hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,121 miles

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2007 Volkswagen Passat steering problems

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2007 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #11

Nov 252016


  • 106,000 miles


I have been experiencing a steering column lock defect warning on my dash and the car often will not start without repeated attempts. This appears to be a common and very expensive defect with Passats and the VW Passat blogs are full of complaints about this defect. I contacted VW and they were no help. The rep offered her sympathy but nothing as far as VW taking responsibility for the problem. It appears that this defect can result in steering wheels locking while driving, engines cutting off without warning, and the car not starting leaving drivers stranded. I will be delivering the vehicle to the local VW Agency for repair and request that the NHTSA require VW to reimburse all Passat owners with this problem for all related expenses to correct this very dangerous defect.

- Irvine, CA, USA

problem #10

Nov 012014


  • 102,000 miles
I put the key in ignition and the car does not start. Take key out and put back in and then it starts and says "steering column defective". I've read from other 2007 Passat owners that they've encountered this problem too. They have stated that eventually the car starts shutting off randomly without notice.

- Green Bay, WI, USA

problem #9

Mar 302011

Passat 6-cyl

  • 49,250 miles
Car either will not start or shuts off. Display states "steering column lock defect". the steering column locks up, the engine shuts down, and high pitched alarms sound. Car was taken to dealer and repaired under service bulletin 4815, at no charge. This happened in 2011. This week, in 2014 the same exact steering column lock defect reoccurred. Despite this being a known defect among vws, and this being a failure of the previous "fix" VW refuses to do a warranty repair because it is "outside of the 12 month 12,000 mile" warranty on repairs. This is in my mind, a safety issue as the entire steering column locks and the engine shuts down. If this were to occur when the vehicle is being driven, people would be injured or killed.

- Olympia, WA, USA

problem #8

Dec 142013

Passat 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles


Sudden failure of steering wheel. Display shows "steering wheel lock". this could be serious issue if it happened during driving. Unable to start the car or to get the car in neutral gear. Had to tow the car to the VW service where it was diagnosed with steering control module failure.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #7

Oct 172013

Passat 4-cyl

  • 66,000 miles
When I insert my key in cold weather my car will display " steering wheel lock" and my car cuts off and beeps locks key in ignition, releases key after a bit and lets me re try and starts, other times it may take several attempts but has started. I took car to dealer they saw nothing wrong with it but quoted a high price to replace part and mentioned that its a common occurrence! I believe this should be looked into seriously before anyone gets hurt by steering locking!! and it should be recalled!

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #6

Dec 232010

Passat 4-cyl

  • 34,000 miles
Problem: Heads up display in car says "steering column lock defective." Car starts up, then stalls and the engine cuts off. This warning is displayed, along with three loud beeps. After this message is displayed, the car will not start up with repeated attempts at inserting the key. Tries to start, stalls, tries to start, stalls, etc. Sometimes it will start on the second attempt, sometimes I have to wait until the 30th+ attempt. Make the car very sporadic in its driving use with whether it will even turn on or not! nothing seems to help this problem. Turning the steer wheel during start, depressing the brake, having the parking brake on, etc. It should be noted however that sometimes this problem does not occur at all. I will insert the key and it will start like normal. But then sometimes I will get the error along with multiple failed attempts at starting the engine. Planning on taking this car to dealer soon and hope that warranty will cover it.

- Brownsburg, IN, USA

problem #5

Oct 062010


  • 50,450 miles


In below freezing weather, I was trying to leave my child's daycare. When the key is inserted properly into the ignition, the car beeps and presents a warning "steering column lock defective!" it would not start for 45 minutes - just kept turning over and immediately dieing (lost spark, presumably, as part of the immobilization system). Took it to the dealership and they immediately recognized the problem and joking sarcastically implying that this happens all the time - the stalling at startup is a direct result of the steering column lock problem. The entire steering column has to be replaced along with a new control module (around $200 in parts) along with 4 hours of labor (quoted around $375 for me). This problem is widely reported on Passat message boards with initial costs being as high as $1,900 until VW of America recently discovered a more cost effective way to fix the issue. Also, VW of ireland has acknowledged this as a software defect (see irish times article from 11/4/2009 entitled "staring problems with a VW Passat"). there are reports that VW of Canada are repairing this for free on out of warrantied vehicles as well. How many have to fail in America before it's a recall" wouldn't a computer fault keeping a car from starting be a safety issue? what happens if the module fails while driving - either the car determining the key isn't correct would stop the engine, or if the steering column does lock while driving at highway speeds"

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #4

Apr 042009


  • 60,000 miles
2007 VW Passat "steering column defected". my key "fob" to the ignition gets stuck inside the ignition slot. Car will not start. Sometimes it will start but then immediately die. I have to very slowly push the fob back and forth to finally get the car to start eventually. Problem is, there are thousands other 2006-2007 VW Passats and jettas that have this issue. It is unsafe. The VW dealer is charging on average $1,400 to replace the defective parts.

- Denton, TX, USA

problem #3

Jun 152010


  • 49,430 miles
We own a 2007 Volkswagen Passat. On June the 15th, 2010, we started getting an alarm indicator saying that "the steering column was locked" and the car would not start. We took it to our local VW dealership, where we were told that it is a national problem, and the parts to fix it are on "national backorder" with no idea when they will be available. I am concerned that this problem will either leave my wife stranded someplace unsafe, or, the problem will occur while she is driving and affect her ability to steer the vehicle. I would like to know if your Agency has received other complaints, and are you able to assist in expediting repairs? [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Ozark, MO, USA

problem #2

Jan 172010


  • 53,200 miles
I have a 2007 Volkswagen Passat and the steering column lock is now defective and the car wont start the car only has 53000 miles and it has only been out of warranty three thousand miles and this is a very costly repair about two thousand quoted by the dealer. Dealer also said that they could not fix the problem and that they had seen a few cars with this same problem.

- Gainesville, FM, USA

problem #1

Aug 282009


  • miles
When under 5mph the car will stall or it will not start. It sometimes runs me late for an event due to it will not start. I'm not sure why it does it I've not noticed the pattern yet. The lcd screen will read defective steering column. I've called VW and they will not replace after warranty expires and they want nearly 3K to replace the product of the entire steering column and immobilizer.

- Pell City, AL, USA

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