really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,333 miles

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2014 Volkswagen Passat brakes problems

brakes problem

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2014 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 222016


  • 24,000 miles


Twice, on May 12 and on October 22, while in a parking lot and pulling into a vertical parking spot at very low speed, I tapped the accelerator, and suddenly the car rapidly sped up. I was unable to stop it with the brake pedal, and I hit a brick planter the first time it happened, and I hit the post holding up the front of a building the second time. The brake pedal on the Passat is approximately 3" wide and located only an inch or so from the accelerator. It is possible that I hit both pedals while trying to stop the vehicle, but that does not explain the sudden acceleration that caused the car to jump the curb and hit the planter and the building. Frightening situation. I wasn't injured the first time but was fairly well shaken up the second. The body shop said the damage to the vehicle was almost exactly the same each time. I took the car to T he VW dealer after the first accident, but they said there was nothing wrong.

- Chico, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 132015


  • 30,000 miles
Excess vibrations while braking on vehicle with 30K miles. Dealer claims that issue is in the breaking system, probably deformation of rotor causing unsafe and excess vibrations while breaking. The vibration is big enough to move the steering while breaking causing safety issues. This is not normal for a car with low mileage. Probably rotor design not good enough for road conditions at us.

- Allentown, PA, USA

problem #1

Oct 032015


  • 16,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Volkswagen Passat. While driving 35 mph, the brake pedal was depressed but the vehicle failed to stop. As a result, the driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed into the front of another vehicle. The contact, who was the front passenger, sustained rib injuries, the driver sustained hand injuries, and the rear passenger side occupant sustained minor abrasions. All passengers required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired, but was towed away from the crash scene. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 16,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Green Acres, FL, USA

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