hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,446 miles

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problem #4

Jun 272004

Passat 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 50,100 miles
Defective engineering of the Volkswagen Passat ABS control module, causing it to fail around 50000 miles. Through significant research, I have discovered this is a prevalent problem in 1998-2000 Volkswagen Passats upon reaching approximately 50000 miles. Despite the fact that this is a recognized common issue by VW service shops, they have not issued a recall of this significant safety control component nor offered to share the cost of repair. Furthermore, they have increased the cost of this component from $200-$300 a few years ago to $1100-$1700 today. Informed if not corrected, could cause rear breaks to lock up upon sudden stop.

- St. Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #3

Mar 192004

Passat 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles
ABS control module malfunctioned, - suspected the part was faulty because of many other instances documented w/various agencies. After fully engaging ABS - two days later, stop brake failure lights coming on and dealer diagnosed as ABS control module failure.

- Roseville, CA, USA

problem #2

Feb 202004

Passat 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles
I own a 2000 VW Passat. My ABS light and break light are going on intermittantly. I recently took my vehicle to the dealer and I was told it was the ABS module that needed to be replaced. The cost to repair will be approx. $1200 for parts and labor. The dealer told me they could not help with the cost because I am out of warranty and I have 50K on the odometer. I feel that the ABS is a safety feature on the vehicle and VW should be willing to cover at least some of the cost. I have had no such luck thus far. I have been looking into this problem in VW forums and have found I am not the only one with this problem. Most people are saying the same story $1100 - $1500 for replacing the ABS module. It seems a bit odd that a part that has little use would go bad so frequently on this vehicle. Ganted I'm not sure what the frequency rate is but I would like to be another voice filing a complaint. My manual states that I should avoid sudden stops bacuase this could cause my back breaks to lock and cause accident, serious injury or even death. Yet their is nothing the dealer could do to help! well maybe you can!!

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #1

Dec 052003

Passat 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,950 miles
Was driving to work and had a full stop activating ABS. Two days later the ABS/brake light started flashing - took to dealer who informed that ABS module needs replacing for $1300.

- Alpharetta, GA, USA