really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,250 miles

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problem #4

Jan 182004

Passat 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
Automobile requires special windshield wipers which are only available through dealers. These are currently on "national backorder" with no time to fulfill. Wipers are generally of poor quality anyway and thus the need to replace to maintain visibility is imperative.

- East Hampstead, NH, USA

problem #3

Nov 062003

Passat 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Windshield wipers "bounce"/"stutters" across the wind shield in light to mild rain causing unsafe visibility while driving the vehicle. Manufacturer warrants wipers for period of 12,000 miles, dealer was told about the unsafe conditions, however they did not document my complaint. They always told me that they were ok.

- Springfield, MA, USA

problem #2

Apr 032003


  • miles
Whenever you use the windshield washer, some of the fluid gets into the vent and you can smell it in the cabin and even sometimes taste it as you are driving. I believe windshield washer fluid is toxic. I have two late model Volkswagen, they both do this everytime. I've never experienced this with any other car I've driven before.

- Appleton, WI, USA

problem #1

Sep 292002


  • miles
Consumer states that while driving and when wipers are in motion the wiper arm is causing a crack to appear on the front windshield. Dealer will be notified.

- Greenbelt, MD, USA