definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,700 miles

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2012 Volkswagen Passat brakes problems

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2012 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 052015


  • 60,100 miles


VW has no traction control (not stability control) button to defeat the system at low speeds. When there is snow and ice on an incline of any degree, this is downright dangerous. It retards the power the car delivers by applying brakes to wheels that are slipping. I was on a hill and the car was reduced to 3-6 miles per hour with cars behind me and oncoming. It is designed as a safety system but is doing the opposite on slick inclines. Probably a money saving measure, but puts drivers at risk.

- Mechanicville, NY, USA

problem #2

Aug 052014

Passat 5-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
While driving on the freeway, multiple dashboard warning lights came on. I noticed the speedometer was not working. I pulled off the freeway, called for a tow truck. The car would not start for the tow truck driver.

- Carlsbad, CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 212012


  • 2,000 miles
The vehicle experiences excessive "wheel hop" upon starting from a stopped position, especially on a wet roadway and a hill. The tires just cannot get traction and spin. As well once the wheels start to spin the ecs (stability control system) cuts power and applies braking which has lead to dangerous situations especially when pulling into traffic. There is no ecs disable switch as with previous models, so I cannot temporarily disable the system for troubleshooting of the issue. Losing power while pulling out into the flow of traffic and experiencing a power loss is a safety hazard. The car came with hankook optima H426 tires and I switched to yokohama avid envigor (V rated) tires believing the issue was the tires. I am an experienced driver with 33 years of driving and have tried everything from light acceleration, feathering the accelerator, using the S mode of the tiptonic transmission and using the tiptronic control in D mode to hold the transmission in the lower gear and trying to start in a higher gear to reduce the torque to the wheels, but the tiptronic will not allow upshifting when stopped. I raised this concern with the dealership since the wheel hop causing banging of the suspension system against the travel stops. This thumping and extreme movement of the suspension cannot be good for the longevity of the equipment. The dealership states "it is performing to specs as designed." Well then I think there is a design flaw.

- Sammamish, WA, USA

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