definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,950 miles

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2010 Volkswagen Passat lights problems

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2010 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 262016


  • 61,899 miles


I have been having electrical issues with this car after owning it for 4 years. It started with the tail light bulb always burning out. I have had issues with the windows before and had it replaced. Last year I paid almost $2200 for window which won't roll down and the door which won't lock, water pump, oil leak and other minor issues. The keypad will lock 3 doors only and the lights won't come on when locked but when unlocked it'll come on. I have purchased 3 batteries thus far because the car constantly drains the battery. I've had this car stop in the middle of driving on major streets and almost got rear ended. My passenger right rear door does not lock and window does not work at all.I feel unsafe in this car because I am afraid that some electrical issue might cause my car to catch on fire. The tail light will work if I tap the outside cover to the light. I have gotten pulled over several times because of this and once I show the cop that if I tap it it'll come on, then they understand. At this present moment I can not open the driver side door from the outside and that will cost over $1000 to repair. I purchased my car in August 2009 and I have 62,043 miles on the vehicle. I do not mistreat the car but it's really not worth it and VW does not want to acknowledge that this is a poorly built vehicle. It feels as if this is was a trial an error model car. I am confident that if this car wasn't as old as it is now it would qualify for the lemon law. I am sure that I am not the only VW cc owner experiencing these headaches but if I am at least I am making it known of some of the issues I have encountered while being a first time and last time VW owner.

- Miami Gardens, FL, USA

problem #1

Oct 152010


  • miles
The daytime running lights (drl) as implemented on the 2010 Volkswagen Passat wagon are a safety hazard. The only lights that light up are the headlights, not the rear, front, to side "running" lights. A driver can easily start driving at night without any rear or side lights on. The drl headlights on, gives the driver the false impression that their lights are on. When in fact, only the headlights are on.

- Windham, NH, USA

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