hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
81,964 miles

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problem #14

Jul 012010

Passat 6-cyl

  • miles
My 2000 VW Passat V6 ABS brake module has failed and I get the stop/ABS lights flashing on my dashboard intermittently, along with warning beeps. This makes the car unsafe to drive and costs $1000+ to fix. VW needs to recall these models immediately.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #13

Aug 152009


  • 80,000 miles
2000 VW Passat ABS/brake lights on. Probably bad ABS module.

- Morton Grove, IL, USA

problem #12

Dec 292008


  • 98,500 miles
ABS brake fault.

- Portland, ME, USA

problem #11

Oct 202008


  • 95,000 miles
The ABS module has failed, this on searching the internet is a very common problem with VW's. there has been no effort to fix this issue by VW. On driving there are 3 beeps on the driver console and a message saying brake fault appears on the screen. Although the brake is working and is in good condition.

- Ashburn, VA, USA

problem #10

Nov 112008


  • 176,000 miles
I have a faulty ABS control unit on my 2000 Volkswagen Passat. This should be covered by Volkswagen.

- Mableton, GA, USA

problem #9

Jun 152008


  • 136,000 miles
My 2000 VW Passat 1.8T began exhibiting a flashing/beeping red light to indicate a failure in the ABS system. The light activates 99% of the time I drive the car. The ABS system is not functional in this state, which means the car is drivable, but significantly less safe under panic stop or reduced traction conditions. Upon further research with other owners of this vehicle, it is obvious that this failure is common on 1998-2001 Passats (and Audi A4S) with the Bosch 5.3 ABS module. The dealership acted as if they had never seen this type of problem, although an independent shop said they had replaced several at their shop. However, no action has ever been taken by the manufacturer. I did opt to have the ABS module rebuilt by a third party. The result was a $400 instead of $1000 at the dealer. Outrageously, many people who have sought vwoa dealership service work for this same problem have spent well over $1,000. The apparent failure rate of this module, and the fact that it degrades the operation of the most fundamental safety feature of a car (the brakes), make it my opinion that it should be subject to recall. Recall action should include compensation for owners who have undertaken repairs, and replacement of the faulty module. Thank you.

- St. Charles, IA, USA

problem #8

Oct 152008


  • 45,000 miles
ABS light started blinking and beeping. Scan tool shows "unable to communicate with ABS control module." This ABS blinking and beeping happens everytime I start my car now. When I attempt a panic brake stop, there is no pulsating from the brake pedal, which indicates the ABS is not functioning. My 2000 Passat glx has 45,000 miles on the odometer.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #7

Oct 152008


  • 54,000 miles
ABS and brake warning light (intermittently) on instrument cluster of 2000 Volkswagen Passat. Mechanic advises this to be a common problem, demonstrates an electrical issue with anti-lock brake module. Mechanic also advises that ABS in inoperable when warning lights are on. (computer code 01203).

- Fleetwood, PA, USA

problem #6

Sep 112008


  • 100,000 miles
Brake fault, brake light flashes, ABS comes on due to bad ABS module.

- Riverview, FL, USA

problem #5

Oct 072008


  • miles
Faulty ABS control module installed from factory.

- Irmo, SC, USA

problem #4

Jun 012007


  • 132,000 miles
2000 Passat ABS control module failure summer 07. No unusual circumstances... ABS light just came on when driving down the highway. Confirmed "lack of comms with ECM for $80 at VW dealer in August 07. VW wants $1300 to repair. I plan to order repair through bbs for $250. Still have good braking just no ABS asr.

- Lakeland, FL, USA

problem #3

Aug 162008


  • 72,000 miles
2000 VW Passat was diagnosed to need ABS (antilock braking system) control module replaced at $900 by VW dealer. Hundreds of pages on forums across the world exist on this same problem. Thirty-one pages alone can be found at tech.bentleypublishers.com/thread.jspa"threadid=6316&start=0&tstart=0. hundreds more can be found by searching "Passat" and "ABS". on the positive side, apparently, there's a 2005 VW service bulletin #0517 and NHTSA item 10016037 acknowledging the longevity and frequency of the problem. On the negative side, despite the fact that, flashing lights warn drivers to stop immediately and the manual says that rear brakes may lock up at any moment, VW and NHTSA have not taken action to make this potential safety issue the mandatory recall and repair it would seem to be. Is there some reason why this hasn't taken place yet"

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #2

Aug 052008


  • 67,000 miles
Defective ABS controller.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #1

Jun 032008


  • 92,000 miles
At just over 90,000 miles, a warning message came up stating: Stop! brake failure. See service manual. The ABS and brake light also came on and stayed on. I immediately had my brake system checked at an independent mechanic. He found nothing wrong with the brakes or the ABS. According to VW it is a ABS central module failure. Replacing it will cost over $1000. This is outrageous! this is clearly a defect that VW should correct. It is incredible that VW is allowed to scare its customers into thinking they are in serious danger of brake failure just to get them to correct an electronic defect. Checking the internet I discovered this is a common problem with the 2000 Passat.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA