really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,560 miles

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2015 Volkswagen Passat electrical problems

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2015 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 012016


  • 6,500 miles


Car start button will not start car. Car in park position, brakes are press and car start press but car does not start. There was no sound of the motor turning. Tries it two more times and on the third time it started.

- Port Orange, FL, USA

problem #4

Apr 142016


  • 4,290 miles
Rodents are eating wiring in car due to soy plastics. This could result in car becoming nonoperational while driving, which could result in injury or death. The United States code for motor vehicle safety (title 49, chapter 301) defines motor vehicle safety as "the performance of a motor vehicle or motor vehicle equipment in a way that protects the public against unreasonable risk of accidents occurring because of the design, construction, or performance of a motor vehicle, and against unreasonable risk of death or injury in an accident, and includes nonoperational safety of a motor vehicle." A defect includes "any defect in performance, construction, a component, or material of a motor vehicle or motor vehicle equipment." Generally, a safety defect is defined as a problem that exists in a motor vehicle or item of motor vehicle equipment that: Poses an risk to motor vehicle safety and may exist in a group of vehicles of the same design or manufacture may exist in a group of items of equipment of the same type and manufacture. Please stop automakers from using plant based wiring immediately. Automakers are making millions of dollars replacing wiring. Get to work please, fix this problem!

- Aptos, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 152015


  • 12 miles
Vehicle cluster illumination lights stopped working, not fuse or relay related. Main electrical harness malfunction. Major electrical diagnosis.

- Hollis, NY, USA

problem #2

Nov 112015


  • 12,000 miles
The contact owns a 2015 Volkswagen Passat. The contact stated that while driving at 55 mph, the engine stalled while the battery warning light illuminated. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the computer software needed to be updated. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred numerous times. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 12,000.

- Plantation, FL, USA

problem #1

Apr 242015


  • miles
I have personally inspected many 2015 Volkswagen Passat's and found an issue pertaining to the alarm system. When the vehicles alarm is set off, there is a split second way to bypass this and aid motor vehicle theft as well as theft of personal items in the vehicle. When the alarm has been sounded, an individual can depress the flasher button in the center of the dash and press it once more to shut the emergency flashers off, this will bypass and deactivate the vehicles factory alarm system, thus opening the vehicle up to a higher potential of theft. With no alarm sounded, an individual will have a vast amount of time to either steal the motor vehicle, steal person possessions, or motor vehicle parts. I am in the new england area and unsure if any other areas or models are affected.

- Boston , MA, USA

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