hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
79,467 miles

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problem #8

Aug 302010

Passat 6-cyl

  • miles
My ABS light on my 2002 Volkswagen Passat randomly comes on saying stop, brake default. There apparently is nothing wrong with my brakes. There could be a fix by replacing a $1600 part. After researching this, thousands of people have this same problem. Mechanics say nothing really wrong with the brakes. If it's indeed a sensor that everyone with this car has, then VW should repair it, so we actually know when something is wrong with the brakes!!

- Rohnert Park, CA, USA

problem #7

Jun 082010


  • 89,735 miles
ABS light flashes on and off. Dealer says that it would cost over $1000. I just can't believe that such a safety system can I have such defects within it. Has anyone investigated this problem because I've seen numerous complaints about this online.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #6

May 042010


  • 105,000 miles
ABS/brake light comes on while driving. Took it to dealer and they did a scan found no problem with brakes. I have been reading on the net that a lot of people with the same yr are having problems with this. Even if fixed the ABS light still comes on.

- Ventura, CA, USA

problem #5

Feb 142009


  • 78,000 miles
When car is started the ABS light goes on and the brake light flashes. The car drives but its always flashing the brake light.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #4

Mar 012008


  • 70,000 miles
The "brake fault" and "stop" words appear on the dash and then a very loud and annoying beep comes on for 3 beeps. I spoke to a technician at the VW dealership and he said that is a very common problem, especially in 00,01 and 02 models. The module just "craps-out" as he put it and warned me that is usually costs about $1,000 to fix, but would need $120 just to diagnose and make sure that this is indeed the problem. I asked if there was a recall on this issue and was told "no". this is obviously a very common problem based on the over 200 postings I saw in regards to this problem in a mere 20 min. Of looking online. I am sad that the car I feel in love with has been nothing but a pain (which is what I was told by many people it would be). I work for Mercedes Benz and they manufacture their vehicles in germany as well, with much fewer problems. I believe this must be a recall since it is obviously a manufactures defect and costing people way too much money.

- Englewood, CO, USA

problem #3

Aug 012008


  • 115,000 miles
In wet weather, my ABS module goes haywire. When taken to a repair shop, they state that my brakes are fine and that the control module seems to be defective. This use to only happen once in a great while, be it is starting to become more frequently.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #2

Jul 072008


  • 101,000 miles
The ABS warning light would flash and brake warning would light up. The car was still drivable. This started just around 101,000 miles. I looked up this type of warning light to see if any one else had experienced this, an online forums suggested that the ABS electronic control module failed. I used vagcom, an obdii device, to see if the ABS module could be the cause to the problem. The ABS module failed. I sent in the module to be "rebuilt".

- Floral Park, NY, USA

problem #1

Apr 162008

Passat 4-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
The ABS light flashes along with the brake light. Also words appear on the dash that say "stop" "brake fault" "service manual". when I checked the manual it says that there is a fault or problem with the ABS system.

- Sherman Oaks, CA, USA