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Cruise Control Problems of Volkswagen Passat

Volkswagen Passat owners have reported 34 problems related to cruise control (under the vehicle speed control category).

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2014 Volkswagen Passat 1
Failure Date: 08/25/2014

2014 Volkswagen Passat. Cruise control failed to turn off and the brakes failed to activate, causing the vehicle to jump a curb and run off the road, injuring the consumers wife.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2014 Volkswagen Passat 2
Failure Date: 04/11/2014

I rented a 4 door vw Passat (license plate n364495; mva # 65181266) from avis at the baton rouge airport on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. Today, April 11, 2014, while driving on the highway from new orleans to baton rouge my car accelerated to 80 miles and stayed at that rate (without me having my foot on the gas), approximately 7 or 8 times. My speed did not go down unless I pressed on the breaks, similar to what occurs when someone engages cruise control (but I had not engaged cruise control). Although this issue occurred several times, I could not positively identify the movements necessary to recreate the effect. However, I do know that it occurred at least some of the times (and possibly every time) when I was accelerating to pass a car * moved to the right hand lane. Towards the end of my drive I made sure to only be touching the steering wheel at the bottom, therefore it was not possible that I accidentally engaged the cruise control via any of the side levers, and on my model the only buttons on the steering wheel itself were for radio volume and station. I did not get into an accident, but I could imagine different circumstances had this issue arisen during denser traffic conditions.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2013 Volkswagen Passat 3
Failure Date: 12/18/2013

Car was set on cruise control and engine revved up , cruise control shut off and loss of power to the motor. Tried to reset cruise control to a lesser speed and would not set. Car felt like it would not shift gears (acted like it was a manual drive being wound to tight). Drove for several miles then the warning light came on (glowplug indicator). Parked in a safe location and stopped car. After about 10 minutes I restarted the car and no warning flashed so I began to drive car. . . Would not accelerate. Warning light came back on. Had car towed to dealership got repaired (replaced turbo charger along with oil feed and return lines). Picked car up on 11/26/14 drove for less than 30 miles and got a engine oil light and warning message: engine off manual. Had car towed to dealership. Dealership stated that they talked with manufacturer and they are going to give me a new turbocharger and new engine. The car is still in the shop and repairs have not been completed at the time of this writing.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2014 Volkswagen Passat 4
Failure Date: 08/17/2013

Vehicle cruise control does not control speed downhill when cruise control is set. Vehicle speed keeps increasing while going downhill.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2002 Volkswagen Passat 5
Failure Date: 07/04/2010

My 2002 w-8 Passat four times this weekend would not disengage the cruise control when stepping on the brake. The brake feels very solid and cannot be depressed until a very quick & hard quick pressure is put on it about 3-4 times. I noticed after that incident (frightening) that it does not happen going down hill, only uphill or even a slight incline.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2005 Volkswagen Passat 6
Failure Date: 06/23/2010

The car (vw Passat tdi 2005) began accelerating on its own. The gas pedal would depress beneath my foot (without my pushing it) and the car would accelerate without stopping. When I hit the brake, sometimes it would jerk out of the "accelerating mode" (as if I had pushed the brake in cruise control), but then it would resume its acceleration within 30-60 seconds. Sometimes when I pressed the brake it would rev against the brake and I would have to shift it into neutral and then brake to get it to slow down and keep it from revving. This happened 3-4 times in the past 1-2 weeks. I made sure the cruise control was off during each of these episodes (since the car seemed like it was trying to go into cruise control when this problem occurred, but with no maximum speed set -- I. E. , accelerating indefinitely). Some things that may or may not be related: the air conditioning was on full blast. Each time it happened, I had been on the freeway going above 60 mph for at least 5-10 miles. At the end of the last episode, the car was producing smoke from the front wheel wells (likely because of braking against the acceleration). The dealership is examining the car right now, so I can't report what repair was done yet. (right after the last incident I had the car towed to a local vw shop, but they couldn't figure out the problem, so I'm having the car brought to the dealership tomorrow - 6/28/2010).

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2000 Volkswagen Passat 7
Failure Date: 04/30/2010

Vehicle accelerated on its own while I was driving on the freeway. The freeway was congested and I had just accelerated quickly to move into the left lane to avoid a semi truck entering the freeway on my right. I took my foot off the accelerator but the car continued to accelerate. I immediately pushed hard on the brake to avoid hitting the car in front of me. I had to apply considerable pressure to keep the car from increasing speed. I then placed the car in neutral and took my foot off the brake. The tachometer showed the engine revving up over the red line to 7000 rpms. Fearing that the engine might be damaged I put the car back into gear and controlled the car by applying the brake as hard as I could. The acceleration slowed after about another 30 seconds or so to the point where the car was traveling at a sustained 70 mph without my foot on the accelerator or brake. This continued for several miles and eventually the accelerator began operating normally. During the last portion of sustaining 70 mph I tried switching cruise control on and off several times but this had no effect. After I got off the freeway and stopped, I checked the floor mat or anything else that might have interfered with the accelerator pedal and did not observe anything out of the ordinary.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2003 Volkswagen Passat 8
Failure Date: 08/16/2009

The contact owns a 2003 Volkswagen Passat. The contact stated while driving with the cruise control function at 72 mph and attempting to decrease speed, the cruise control would not disengage. She applied pressure to the brakes and the vehicle accelerated. The contact was forced to drive into a median; however, the brakes failed to stop the vehicle which caused the driver to crash into two metal poles causing the air bags to deploy. The contact sustained minor injuries of powder burn from the air bag. A police report was filed. The vehicle was inspected by an insurance adjuster who determined that the vehicle was destroyed; however, the failure is still under investigation. The contact is in the process of notifying the manufacturer. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 54,800.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2002 Volkswagen Passat 9
Failure Date: 05/02/2007

Brake switch light failure. My first indication of failure was the brake lights remained on after shutting down the car. I pumped the pedal and this extinguished the light. The car continued to operate normally for another 500 miles until I noticed the cruise control was out. I then noticed the brake lights were not operating at all. After researching the problem I found that this is a common problem with vw's. To my surprise though the Passat which uses the same switch other vws have been recalled on has no recall yet. This switch is a very dangerous switch as it disables the brake lights providing no warning to another driver behind the car.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2004 Volkswagen Passat 10
Failure Date: 03/12/2007

Brake light switch failed intermittently over a period of two years, finally failed completely. Whenever the switch was operating poorly it kicked out the cruise control.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2000 Volkswagen Passat 11
Failure Date: 10/23/2005

I have a 2000 Volkswagen Passat GLS 5 speed manual car with 65000 miles; for past 6 months while cruising on the highway with speeds above 65 mph, the cruise control automatically gets engaged many a times even though I have never switched the cruise control on. This has happened atleast 10 times in the last 6 months and I have no way of knowing how and when it gets engaged. I have to be always alert to press the brake to disengage-engage this. Please let me know if you need more information.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2003 Volkswagen Passat 12
Failure Date: 06/01/2005

Have had nothing but problems with this lemon. * 500 miles cruise control fails, has to be replaced. * 16,000 miles ignition coil fails, replaced coil and mass air flow sensor. * 28,000 miles fan in dash diagnosed as faulty and needing to be replaced. Parts ordered, never installed. * 40,000 miles oil pump and oil hoses are replaced due to oil pressure failures. Car broke down on road. * 44,159 miles oil pressure switch replaced due to oil pressure failures. * 46,000 miles fuel pump failure, replaced under warranty. Car broke down on road. Volkswagen has a problem with these cars and "oil sludge". Vw refuses to fix my car under warranty. Last word was "we reserve the right to refuse any warrany claim, regardless of documentation of oil changes. " I've talked to several dealerships and it's a #1 problem with these cars comming in for ruined engines and oil sludge. Vw is refusing to pay for fixing the problems in most cases. I've got all documentation, original paperwork when purchased, etc.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 1999 Volkswagen Passat 13
Failure Date: 01/17/2005

Consumer placed the vehicle in cruise control. While the vehicle was stopped at a toll booth vehicle accelerated. Then, vehicle continued to accelerate, once getting onto the highway, to 72 mph. . Consumer pulled over, turned the vehicle off for forty minutes, and proceeded home. The next day, consumer took the vehicle to the dealers for inspection, where it remained.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 1999 Volkswagen Passat 14
Failure Date: 01/03/2005

When stopped, car will rev up over 3000 rpm without my touching the accelerator. Feels like car is going to take off, right into an intersection. Have had to turn off ignition to avoid a potential accident. It also occasionally accelerates while driving even once my foot is off the accelerator and not in cruise control mode.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 1999 Volkswagen Passat 15
Failure Date: 12/15/2004

1999 vw Passat on12/15/04 and 12/16/04 suddenly increased speed on its own without driver pressing the gas pedal. On 12/15 while driving wb on I-80 in penna around the 278/279 mile marker with the vehicle in cruise control the car itself increased to nearly 90 mph without any driver intervention, I pushed brake to get cruise to release which didn't do anything, I turned off cruise control on turn signal arm with no speed increase stoppage, I reached down to be sure the floor mat wasn't stuck and causing gas pedal to be pushed and it wasn't. I finally why standing with both feet on the brakes got the vehicle to slow enough to safely pull over and I turned it off. I then turned the vehicle on twice and the rpm's pegged immediately to 5000-6000 rpm's and I tunrned the car off at once. On a third try the car turned on in it's normal mode and idled okay. I then drove the remaining approx 15 miles to work on the PA turnpike and PA rte 115. I drove the car home the evening of 12/15 without any problems but, did not engage the cruise control. On the morning of 12/16 while on way to work at approx the 114 mile mark of the PA turnpike nb the car did the same as it had done the pevious morning and started taking off on it's own again, however, this day just like the return trip home the night of 12/15 I did not have the cruise control engaged. On 12/16 I got the car on the shoulder safely and while braking and getting the car to around 35-40 mph I turned it off and came to a stop. On the first resart the car again pegged rpm's up to around 5000-6000 and I turned it off immediately. With the second restart of the car it ran normal and I completed the remaining 4-5 miles to work.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2000 Volkswagen Passat 16
Failure Date: 09/14/2004

When driving with cruise control set at 55 mph, upon moving down a slope of a hill, the engine raced off and vehicle, a 2000 vw Passat accelerated uncontrollably.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2001 Volkswagen Passat 17
Failure Date: 07/25/2004

When driving the vehicle, the cruise control kicks on by itself. I don't know what the maximum speed that the cruise control is set, but I let the vehicle get up to over 85 mph yesterday before I 'canceled' the cruise control. The 'cancel' button only temporarily solves the problem - a few minutes later, the cruise control kicks on again. It does not matter if I'm on a highway or a residential street - the car will suddenly kick in and increase speed. I have not taken it to a dealer yet.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2003 Volkswagen Passat 18
Failure Date: 05/13/2004

2003 Volkswagen Passat consumer request for early termination of the lease. ** answer required***. The consumer made the request due to the numerous mechanical problems such as a defective purge valve, right front head light, the vehicle overheated and started t o smoke due to a faulty water pump. The brake light would not shut off and the right head light went out for the second time. The brake light switch was replaced. The cruise control would not disengage. The vehicle would not start at times.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 1999 Volkswagen Passat 19
Failure Date: 01/04/2004

Submission of complaint re vw of America feel he has been over charged for numerous & extensive repair bills for his 1999 vw Passat. The consumer stated he is still experiencing problems with the front suspension. The front stabilizer was repaired and the lower control arm was repaired, however the problem recurred. The rear brake pads were worn. The front doors creaked when opened. The cruise control was intermittent. The consumer requested assistance of all the matters.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 1996 Volkswagen Passat 20
Failure Date: 09/01/2003

The passenger door power window does not work most of the time - trunk will not unlock with key, cruise control only works sometimes.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 1998 Volkswagen Passat 21
Failure Date: 06/13/2003

Oil pump failure, faulty cd player, inoperative cruise control, ignition module. Many failures for such a new car. Warranty is good for 10 years 100,000 miles for original owner, 5 york 50,000 for second. Car was placed in service 2/19/98 we there fore missed the 5 year coverage by 4 months.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2002 Volkswagen Passat 22
Failure Date: 08/07/2002

Only 1 month after fixing the same problem, the system shorted out again, leaving the climate control system, the cruise control, garage door opener, and other items inoperative.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2002 Volkswagen Passat 23
Failure Date: 07/26/2002

The contact owns a 2002 Volkswagen Passat. The contact stated that her vehicle was a lemon when she purchased it in 2002. Water enters the vehicle from the sun roof whenever it rains. She received a recall notice, but the vehicle was not repaired according to the recall. The vehicle was taken to the dealer more than fifteen times, but it has never been repaired. The failure mileage was 500 miles. Updated 8/24/09 the consumer was told the water leak was coming from the after market speaker. The headlight tail light and fog light bulbs were replaced. The check engine light illuminated and the coolant bottle had a hairline crack. The heat in the vehicle was not working properly. The technician discovered the heater core had a blockage. The water pump was leaking. Both outer cv boots were replaced. There was a large evap leak at the purge valve which was replaced. The cruise control light was on. The right side valve cover gasket was leaking oil and the alternator was replaced. Updated 08/26/09.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2002 Volkswagen Passat 24
Failure Date: 06/19/2002

After starting car, the climate control system was inoperative. It was a hot summer day. No air conditioning or fan. Also found the cruise control would not "set". Drove immediately to dealer who would not even look at the 8 month old car for 2 weeks.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 1999 Volkswagen Passat 25
Failure Date: 12/03/2001

Intermittently the idle will drop from 750 to 400 when at a complete stop. This happens usually after the car has warmed up and I've made a few complete stops after driving intermittent distances. The car feels as if it will stall, and makes the driver want to hit the gas, which would be unsafe at a full stop. Has been in to dealer 2 times for this, dealer says they cannot duplicate, therefore cannot fix.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 1999 Volkswagen Passat 26
Failure Date: 11/27/2001

I had shut off my car and when I went to turn it back on I had no lights, turn signals, dome light, horn, climat control or radio. I took it to the dealer they told me it happens on beetles and golfs all the time and that it was the ignision switch. They showed me the switch when they pulled it out. It had gotten so hot it melted right through the wires. There is no safety recall on this but if it gets hot enough to melt metal it could start the car on fire.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2001 Volkswagen Passat 27
Failure Date: 12/16/2000

Cruise control was set at 65 mph with about 400 miles on vehicle, and brakes did not turn off cruise control . Vehicle did not stop. Driver had to use emergency parking brake, and crashed into vehicle in front of him. Upon impact, driver's and passenger's airbags did not deploy, which did not protect the occupants. Vw did not give consumer a loaner car and could find nothing wrong with vehicle.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 1999 Volkswagen Passat 28
Failure Date: 11/25/1999

Vehicle suddenly accelerated on its own at least 4 times, each time while decelerating/braking on highway exit ramp after cruise control system malfunctioned earlier. Also, the cruise control system fails to resume and reset. Dealer reset readiness codes, but the problem still reoccurred. Dealer will not replace any parts until problems can be confirmed. The consumer states that the cruise- set button was so stiff that brushing it would cause the driver to switch on the left turn signal.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 1999 Volkswagen Passat 29
Failure Date: 11/10/1999

Cruise control slowly fades out (occasionally) without warning, except the sight ofan enormous truck grill in my rear-view mirror. None of the local vw dealers could fix it, nor would they replace it. Vw zone manager told me to forget it. Car is 1999 Passat wagon, 4-cyl. Is this common?.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 1999 Volkswagen Passat 30
Failure Date: 09/22/1999

Cruise control worked intermittently, and it will engage without application. Problem was reported to the dealership. Vehicle has been worked on three times. Dealer was not able to locate what was causing this problem.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 1996 Volkswagen Passat 31
Failure Date: 01/01/1996

When driving at any speed abs light and the brake light keep coming on. Also, cruise control comes on, and the abs system locks up. When consumer gets out of vehicle, horn will keep blowing.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 1996 Volkswagen Passat 32
Failure Date: 01/01/1996

Abs light keeps coming on, and the abs system is locking up. Also, horn keeps going off, and cruise control keeps coming on.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2001 Volkswagen Passat 33

Auto has cruise control. The owner's manual indicates that there is a cruise control indicator light on the dashboard. When the cruise control is on/engaged, no indicator light shows on the dash. Morong vw (the falmouth, maine service center we use) and the vw customer service hotline indicate that despite the owner's manual statement that cars with cruise control have a cruise control indicator light, none is installed in 2001 vw Passats. They both indicated that no repairs would be made to this problem, despite my request. In my view, it is potentially dangerous for there not to be an indicator showing the cruise control to be engaged. I've never owned a car or been in a car with cruise control that did not have such a light. Without the light, there is higher risk of inadvertent engagement, or failure to remember that the system is engaged, both potentially dangerous situations. Is there any regulation that requires such a light? thanks for your time.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2004 Volkswagen Passat 34

When coming to a complete stop or while cruising, the vehicle lurches forward. The dealer recalibrated the computer chip in the accelerator pedal and also replaced the transmission control module. After the repairs, the problem continued. The transmission made a clunk noise, malfunctioned in heavy traffic/highway, and a hard shift was present at times.