hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,386 miles

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problem #36

Oct 172006

Passat 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 115,000 miles
(1) normal driving circumstances (2) ABS module failure, no ABS or traction control functionality (3) replaced ABS module, problem fixed.

- Delaware, OH, USA

problem #35

Oct 042006

Passat 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2000 VW Passat stationwagon V6; 82,000 miles- last week, the asr, ABS and brake warning lights came on, the multi-function indicator displayed the "stop", "brake" and "service manual" lights, accompanied by loud beeps. All of the warnings are inconsistent-as another person said, "[the lights] will come on after driving for a period of time, or will not come on at all, or will stay on all the time" (the lights aren't necessarily on at the same time either). I read the manual and promptly made an appt. W/dealership, couldn't keep the date and have since received online notification that this is an ongoing problem that is expensive to fix. I do not have a grand burning a hole in my pocket so, despite the manual's dire warnings, I cannot fix my car. This is obviously a common and well known problem that the manufacturers should take responsibility for! unless there is a recall very soon, I'll be buying a new car that I can feel safe about driving (I have children).

- Springfield, IL, USA

problem #34

Nov 242005

Passat 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles
I own a Passat 2000 V6. At 82,000 miles my ABS module has failed. My car has still not been fixed because I can not afford the ridiculous amount that I was told by a local shop. $3,000 to fix this" I don't think so! there are hundreds, maybe thousands, of vehicles made by volkswagon between 1998-2001 with failing ABS units. I demand a recall! how dare they charge us so much for our cars, when they can not guarentee that they will even last"!

- Anderson, CA, USA

problem #33

Oct 022006

Passat 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 69,500 miles
: the contact stated while driving 35 mph on a street, the traction control and the antilock brake warning light illuminated on the dash panel. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer who determined the antilock brake control module needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not contacted.

- Torrington, CT, USA

problem #32

Sep 282006

Passat 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,800 miles
Without prior issues, the ABS and brake warning lights came on, the trip computer displayed "stop", "brake failure" and "service manual" lights, and there were a sequence of loud beeps. After talking to the VW mechanic, who read and looked up the dtcs, he discovered it's a problem with the ABS control module. There is a replacement for just the control module and not the entire ABS unit. The VW dealer charges $716 for replacement and installation, and will take at least a week for the part to be ordered. The car only has 60,000 miles on it! it is a 2000 VW Passat 1.8T.

- Harrisburg, PA, USA

problem #31

Sep 182006

Passat 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles
Hello I just bought a 2000 VW Passat 1.8T with 36000 miles. After I drove it home, two days later my ABS module went bad. After some research I found out that this is a very common problem with VW/Audi cars, but my dealer wouldn't do anything to fix this problem. Instead he wants to charge me $1500 for the part and 2.5 hours of labor + tx =$2000 out of my pocket. If this is such a common problem why isn't VW doing something about it. I'm very disappointed with VW and government form doing nothing about this issue. What would it take" how many deaths or property damage will it take" please do something about it. Thank you, [xxx]. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Tarentum, PA, USA

problem #30

Aug 302006

Passat 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles
My VW 2000 V6 Passat has the ABS light on and blinking brake light. Per VW dealer scan service, there is nothing wrong with the brake but the ABS control unit has failed to function. My car is only 58,000 miles.

- Endicott, NY, USA

problem #29

Oct 012005

Passat 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
ABS control module failure on 2000 VW Passat.

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #28

May 052006

Passat 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 47,000 miles
With 47,000 miles on my VW Passat, the ABS module failed with no warning. Following the instructions in the owners manual (which state that the car is unsafe to drive without operational ABS) I had the module replaced at an out of pocket cost of $750. $500 of this cost was the "new and improved" module. This appears to be a very common issue with this model of Passat, and passing this cost onto the consumer is unacceptable. I've read many posts online from owners that aren't repairing this issue due to cost, which as VW states, isn't safe. VW should be doing something to offset the costs of these repairs.

- Stillwater, MN, USA

problem #27

Feb 262006

Passat 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 81,965 miles
Failure of ABS brake system computer.

- Piedmont, CA, USA

problem #26

Aug 112005

Passat 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 70,000 miles
ABS module failure. Same as everyone else's on this complaint list. I'd like to only add that I took the car in twice only to have them tell me the second time that the part would take ten (10) business days to order because of the apparent back log. That tells you the prevalence of the problem. This is definitely a safety issue. And as one VW service manager told me, "you can drive around with the ABS light on, just avoid hard braking." Thanks for the tip. I was thinking of purchasing a van from VW...guess again.

- Carlsbad , CA, USA

problem #25

Dec 012005

Passat 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The ABS and brake warning lights came on, the trip computer displayed "stop", "brake failure" and "service manual" lights, and there were a sequence of loud beeps. After talking to the VW mechanic, who read and looked up the dtcs, I discovered it's a problem with the ABS control module. There is a replacement for just the control module and not the entire ABS unit, model number 8E0-998-375-G, available from the VW dealer for $686 plus labor costs to install. Still, my car only has 63,000 miles on it!! it is a 2000 VW Passat 1.8T.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #24

Nov 062005

Passat 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles
Inter.,brake ABS light w/stop do not drive message.

- Mt.View, CA, USA

problem #23

Oct 172005

Passat 4-cyl

  • 57,500 miles
2000 Passat ABS computer module is failing. Several postings have already occurred - should be a manufacturer's recall.

- Potomac Falls, VA, USA

problem #22

Oct 102005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles
The ABS warning light will come on after driving for a period of time, or will not come on at all, or will stay on all the time. Dealership has quoted repair estimate of $1700 to replace module. They advised that this should be recalled as they are seeing more of these come in with about the same mileage, just out of warranty. Technical bulletin has been issued for this repair.

- Altavista, VA, USA

problem #21

Oct 262005

Passat 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
ABS control module on 2000 VW Passat failed in October 2005. Replacement costs approximately $1000. According to several internet forums, this is a common problem that VW is refusing to acknowledge. A recall is needed.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #20

Sep 292005

Passat 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,000 miles
Failed ABS module on 2000 Volkswagen Passat 4 motion wagon at 71000 miles.

- Murfreesboro, TN, USA

problem #19

Sep 032005

Passat 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 90,200 miles
Following a 90,000 mile service and engine valve seal replacement my ABS warning indicator activated intermittently indicating a failure in the ABS system. The service department at two dealerships told me this required replacement of the ABS control module.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #18

Aug 292005

Passat 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,850 miles
While driving at various speeds the ABS & brake light chimes & comes on. The dashboard display comes on and indicates to stop, break fault. This has been occurring randomly. Dealer says that the ABS brake module needs to be replaced at a cost of between $900-2400 us dollars.

- Cromwell, CT, USA

problem #17

Jun 252005

Passat 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,300 miles
2000 Volkswagen Passat glx 4-motion had a anti-lock brake system (ABS) module failure at 51,000 miles disabling the ABS feature on my car. It also causes distracting ABS failure wearing lights and noises at unpredictable times causing distraction while driving. On the console display it also tells you to stop immediately. Pacific Volkswagen says it is a $750 part they have to order to fix plus labor. After doing some searching on various message boards I discovered it is a very common problem at any mileage. Many drivers have not elected to have this module replaced due to cost and are not driving with the safety features the car was manufactured with. I am awaiting the part ordered to complete the repair on my vehicle as I value my ABS system. This sounds like a defect that Volkswagen will not recognize or recall and compromises safety.

- Redondo Beach, CA, USA

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