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

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problem #56

Oct 162009


  • 90,905 miles
Failure of anti-lock brake system control module on 2000 1.8 T Volkswagen Passat with 90K miles. The failure is a problem with the ABS control module. Requires replacement. Intermittent failure at first, that increases over time. Brakes will not function as anti-lock brakes. Brakes will still function, but may lock up in the event of hard braking, increasing stopping time and potentially causing unnecessary collisions. To correct this failure, the ABS control unit must be replaced. Part number (Volkswagen) 8E0998375G. Cost to replace this unit is high at dealer the cost for replacement is quoted at $1100.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #55

Jun 152009


  • 95,000 miles
2000 Passat ABS control module has failed

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #54

Dec 182008


  • 82,000 miles
2000 Passat 4 motion Bosch 5.3 ABS module has failed. 82,000 mi.

- Perkasie, PA, USA

problem #53

Jun 102008

Passat 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Volkswagen Passat. While driving approximately 15 mph, all of the warning indicators illuminated on the instrument panel. Prior to the ABS warning indicator illuminating, the contact heard a beeping noise. The warning indicators remained lit until the engine was turned off. The contact stated that the vehicle was operating properly at the time. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician stated that the failure was related to the ABS control module. The vehicle was repaired. The contact was concerned of the safety risk involved. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 75,000 and current mileage was 85,000. Updated 11-19-08 the ABS module failed. Updated 11/20/08.

- Snellville, GA, USA

problem #52

Jul 012004


  • 91,100 miles
It couldn't have been a month before buying my previously owned 2000 VW Passat that the anti-lock brake system module failed. This is an extremely serious issue as it compromises the safety of the driver, passengers, and all others who travel the same routes as I do. I have held off complaining, but over the years we have seen an alarming amount of members with the exact issue. Our online community only constitutes a small percentage of Passat owners, yet we have had hundreds of members with this problem. I can only imagine how many more have had this problem, but haven't known where to turn. I purchased the part alone for $1200 and then had to pay additional labor costs. It almost seems like a scam on the part of VW. It just doesn't seem fair.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #51

Sep 152007


  • 45,232 miles
My car has been recalled 3 times, to which I adhered. Two months after my extended warranty expired, with 45,000, the ABS sensor module failed. I don't believe it's failed as the dash board lights infrequently return to normal state; with no indication of problem, only to return to ABS, brake failure, stop, service manual, lights flashing. VW of America offered $300 towards a $1024 repair only to retract offer when I voiced I could not buy another VW nor recommend to anyone.

- Martinez, CA, USA

problem #50

Aug 202008


  • miles
ABS module failure. Code is 18057 P1649 data bus powertrain: Missing message from ABS ECU. I own a 2000 Volkswagen Passat, with 59,100 miles on it. The ABS light comes on everyday periodically. The part has a high price. I believe the part should be replaced at no charge because it is a safety problem that should not occur. Due to this failure, I do not trust my brakes in case of an emergency.

- Hicksville, NY, USA

problem #49

May 242008


  • miles
ABS control module failure.

- White Plains, NY, USA

problem #48

Jul 032004

Passat 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Volkswagen Passat. When the contact depressed the brake pedal, the vehicle would not stop properly unless the brake pedal was repeatedly depressed. In addition, the ABS warning light was illuminated on the instrument control panel. He took the vehicle to a local mechanic and was informed that the ABS module was malfunctioning. The dealer stated that because there was no recall, the contact would be responsible for the $1,300 repair cost. The vehicle has not been repaired. The manufacturer was unable to provide adequate assistance. The failure mileage was 105,000 and current mileage is 143,000. Updated 07/29/08 the ABS moduel was the cause of the brakes going out. Updated 08/01/08.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #47

Apr 182008

Passat 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,000 miles
Lit ABS warning light and flashing brake light. On a 2000 gls Passat as a result of a faulty ABS module.

- Caledonia, MI, USA

problem #46

Sep 102007

Passat 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 95,000 miles
While driving my 2000 VW Passat 1.8T, a brake fault was identified on the display screen and the ABS light came on. I brought the car to a dealership who said their computer couldn't communicate with the control module and it would take hours to troubleshoot the reason. They suggested a brake flush and I agreed. I almost ended up in an accident on my way home when I needed to stop quickly and my brakes needed to be fully pressed to the floor before the car began to decelerate. I have had nothing but difficulties having this issue addressed. To my surprise, this is a widespread issue. More to my surprise is the fact that there has been no recall; I am disappointed in VW and agencies protecting our safety on the road.

- Alpena, MI, USA

problem #45

Jan 012006

Passat 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Volkswagen Passat. While driving 40 mph, the word "stop" appeared on the instrument panel and the ABS warning light illuminated. As a result, the ABS failed to operate properly. The dealer stated that the ABS module malfunctioned. The contact stated that the failure occurred intermittently. As of October 31, 2007, the dealer had not repaired the vehicle. The failure mileage was 48,000 and current mileage was 62,500.

- Encinitas, CA, USA

problem #44

Oct 112007

Passat 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
2000 VW Passat ebtcm (ABS module) failure @ 80K miles.

- Riverdale, NJ, USA

problem #43

Oct 102006

Passat 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 70,000 miles
ABS and brake warning light comes on and stays on. Message section displays stop, brake failure message. According to dealership, the ABS module needs to be replaced. Price quoted was $1,000. Apparently, a very common problem with VW and Audi cars. VW owes us a recall.

- Lexington, SC, USA

problem #42

Oct 082007

Passat 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 141,100 miles
Many Audi and VW models manufactured starting in the later '90S and continuing to present, use the Bosch 5.3 ABS controller, which is prone to catastrophic failure, ostensibly due to defective design. This module controls multiple brake-related functions including the ABS which is important for winter driving, but the most critical function of this module is probably the electronic brake force distribution, or ebd. These vehicles are designed such that if the ebd is inoperative, the proportion of hydraulic force applied to the rear brakes during emergency braking is as great as it is during moderate braking effort when there is minimal transfer of vehicle weight to the front wheels. The ebd is supposed to adjust the front/rear braking distribution dynamically according to the measure of the deceleration, so that the rear wheels will not lock up during emergency braking. If this module should fail during emergency braking on dry pavement, the rear wheels could lock up and cause an accident which could easily include fatalities. This is an expensive repair for owners, costing roughly $2000, and many owners have probably put off the repair indefinitely. Evidence which can be found through a simple web search, suggests that the problem is widespread, and that if it has not already led to serious accidents, it is only a question of time. This problem is genuine, and VW/Audi should be compelled to take immediate corrective action.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #41

Oct 032007

Passat 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 88,950 miles
ABS warning light flashes and beeps intermittently. Dealership diagnostics show ABS module needs replacement. Dealer quotes $1400 for repair.

- Elizabethtown, KY, USA

problem #40

Jun 252007

Passat 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 102,843 miles
ABS system failure. A warning is dispayed on the instrument panel that there is a brake fault and the ABS system warning light is also illuminated. This occurs intermittently but with greater frequency when the ambient temperature is above 60 deg F. below 60F the warning only appears after the vehicle warms up. Above 75F the warning displays as the vehicle is started from cold. Between 60F & 75F the occurrence is more random. The ABS system works before the warning is displayed but does not work after the warning is displayed. Once displayed the warning remains for the remainder of the journey and until the vehicle cools down. Estimates to replace the ABS unit are approx $1500 plus fitting.

- Novi, MI, USA

problem #39

Nov 102006

Passat 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 117,000 miles
Bought used 2000 Passat. ABS brake fault light came on within 30 days of purchasing vehicle. Mechanic has tried replacing ABS sensor, ABS control module and hydraulic booster, changed wire harness, and installed instrument panel twice. Light still comes on. Mechanic assures me brakes are working and ABS is working. Hope I don't prove him wrong. Very frustrated. Have gotten no help from VW service. They seem at a loss of what to do also. Recall this vehicle please!!

- Bowling Green, KY, USA

problem #38

Dec 212006


  • Manual transmission
  • 72,500 miles
2000 VW Passat with ~72000 miles. ABS control module has failed. VW says it will costs ~$1400 to repair. Internet research indicates this is a common problem which many VW owners are experiencing. Long past time to investigate whether a recall is warranted.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #37

Dec 142006

Passat 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 117,000 miles
: the contact stated the ABS brake light was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the service dealer, who replaced the ABS module.

- Houston, TX, USA

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