Door Latch Problems of Volkswagen Passat - part 1

Volkswagen Passat owners have reported 48 problems related to door latch (under the latches/locks/linkage category).

car image   Door Latch problem of the 2007 Volkswagen Passat 1
Failure Date: 05/01/2016

The contact owned a 2007 Volkswagen Passat. The contact stated that the doors would not be secured unless the vehicle was in park. The failure occurred randomly. Also, the gears randomly shifted out of park without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. While parked and unattended, the vehicle randomly rolled in reverse at a high rate of speed and crashed into a house down the street. A police report was filed and the vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure, but the contact was uncertain if the vehicle would be inspected by the insurance company and the manufacturer. The contact was waiting on information from a repair shop or the manufacturer. The failure mileage was not available.

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car image   Door Latch problem of the 2009 Volkswagen Passat 2
Failure Date: 01/07/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2009 Volkswagen Passat. The contact stated that on various occasions the driver's side door failed to close. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed the failure with a faulty door latch. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 35,000. Pam.

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car image   Door Latch problem of the 2012 Volkswagen Passat 3
Failure Date: 11/20/2014

The contact owns a 2012 Volkswagen Passat. The contact stated that the driver¿s side door failed to open from the inside and the outside of the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 63,000.

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car image   Door Latch problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Passat 4
Failure Date: 12/11/2010

Trunk has difficulty closing. Seat belt don't work properly. Airbag light along with the motor light turn on. These lights were never really fixed by the car dealer. The passenger back door does not lock most of the time leaving the car without the alarm working.

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car image   Door Latch problem of the 2004 Volkswagen Passat 5
Failure Date: 11/02/2009

The contact owns a 2004 Volkswagen Passat. The contact started the ignition. Suddenly, the front driver side door unlatched without assistance. The door failed to secure in a closed position. Whenever the power lock was engaged the door opened. The failure occurred intermittent. The authorized dealer was notified of the malfunction. The vehicle is in the process of being repaired. The contact had concern of the safety risk involved. The current and failure mileages were 120,000. The VIN was rejected from the system which will be updated upon receipt of the safety complaint filing.

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car image   Door Latch problem of the 2003 Volkswagen Passat 6
Failure Date: 05/09/2009

The contact owns a 2003 Volkswagen Passat. While driving 65 mph, the driver's side door suddenly flew open. The contact injured his leg while attempting to close the door. The dealer stated that the door latch was defective. The current and failure mileages were 146,000.

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car image   Door Latch problem of the 2005 Volkswagen Passat 7
Failure Date: 01/25/2008

See complaint # 10195352. Door continues to pop open, even when driving straight. It has happened without warning and without preceeding failure to close or latch properly. I contacted the dealership nearest to my home, and they told me, "it is probably the lock box. I have heard of this before. You don't have to bring it in. We can't replace it unless it is in its failed state. ".

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car image   Door Latch problem of the 2005 Volkswagen Passat 8
Failure Date: 01/19/2008

Door opened unexpectedly three times while vehicle under way. Winter driving conditions with temperature swings. Twice had unrelated failure to latch, but those cases were obvious. In these three cases, the door closed and latched, but would not lock manually or by electric controls or by automatic speed-related locking program. The automatic locking feature was attempting to lock the car repeatedly. The door was closed securely and tested prior to departure during episodes two and three. During turns, the door popped open fully, with force, without warning. No injuries sustained.

car image   Door Latch problem of the 2000 Volkswagen Passat 9
Failure Date: 07/21/2007

I just bought my daughter a new "used" vehicle. Because it is over 5 years old, the vehicle is sold "as is" - no warranty. Since getting the car home, in the first 120 miles I drove, not 1, but 2 window regulators broke creating a load crashing noise and a safety concern. The noise caused me to brake suddenly since I did not know where the noise came from. Fortunately, the vehicles behind were able to stop without crashing, but it was a very unsafe condition. The car is in the repair shop right now and the estimated repair is cost $501. 75. I have been driving for 35 years and in my lifetime, I have never seen a vehicle have 2 window regulator failures within a one hour time span, also within a 20 mile driving span. It seem to me this is a defective part and should be recalled and replaced by volkswagon. All this after I just spent $7000. 00 for this vehicle. In doing research, I see this is a common problem for volkswagon.

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car image   Door Latch problem of the 2005 Volkswagen Passat 10
Failure Date: 06/15/2007

The first problem I noticed was when I exitedthe vehicle was that the remote control would not lock the doors. I thought the battery was dead so I manually locked them. I was unable to unlock the doors to the vehicle with the remote as well, so I manually unlocked them, started the car and proceeded on. I stopped for fuel, turned the ignition off, removed the key and realized that the engine was still running. I tried several times to get the engine to shut off but it would not. I continued on to my residence where again the engine failed to stop running with the key off and out of the ignition. I called vw roadside assistance who put me in touch with a dealer who talked me through stalling the engine by cutting off the air supply. I brought the vehicle to my local dealer the next day which was a Saturday. There the engine would again not stop running, and I showed the technician how I had chocked it previously. Following several hours of troubleshooting, the dealer traced the problem back to the sun visor. They believed that the home link system built into the visor was creating a reverse current flow which was enough to keep the engine running even with the key off and removed from the ignition switch. With the visor disconnected, the problem has not repeated. I have been in touch with one additional person with the same model and year of vehicle that has had the same problem.

car image   Door Latch problem of the 2002 Volkswagen Passat 11
Failure Date: 06/14/2006

Bought the car new and have had to deal with defective tires, defective ignition coils causing two major breakdowns at highway speeds with children in the car. The last two ignition coils were recalled. The car will not run if it is wet from heavy rain and has to be completely dried before the breaks work properly. Oil pump was replaced 14 months ago, another major breakdown on highway with children. It has broken down yet again. . . The dealership says it needs another oil pump because of sludge, about $2000, not under warranty because it is past the 12 month, 12,000mile mark. Two other private mechanics told me, replacing the oil pump would only disguise, temporarily the real issue. . . . The engine is junk. It now sits in my driveway because it is not under warranty because I am missing some oil change receipts. Also the blinkers don't work, the rear door won't open, auto locks work intermittently and headlights have been replaced twice and are out again. This was the first new car I ever bought. I bought the car after a divorce because I wanted a dependable car to commute to work and transport my children safely. The car has 85,00 mi.

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car image   Door Latch problem of the 1998 Volkswagen Passat 12
Failure Date: 06/07/2005

During the last two years the door locks on my 1998 vw Passat failed seven times so far. In most of the cases, they just could not be opened from the outside while the inside door handle worked. In all cases, the vw service people knew about the problem (a cable had slipped off the track) and were either able to repair it within a few minutes by use of a long screw driver going through a hole in the front doors. In case of the rear doors, the door panels had to be removed for the repair. The last repair was necessary within three months of the previous repair and it set me back $100. 00. When complainint to vw they told me that they had never heard about this problem. I had to laugh about it since every time I have been at the service there were fellow customers with exactly the same problems. Vw did not offer me any help for this problem, just stated that my car is an "old" car by now and repairs seem to be happening more often.

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car image   Door Latch problem of the 1996 Volkswagen Passat 13
Failure Date: 04/24/2005

Rear door latch failed and door flew open and 10 year old child fell out of the car. The door appears to close normally but it is not latched. After closing the door multiple times , it does catch but it is not obvious when the door is closed. Luckily, there minor injuries due to the low speed of the car.

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car image   Door Latch problem of the 1997 Volkswagen Passat 14
Failure Date: 12/13/2004

Consumer complained about door locks and latches. The door locks and latches froze in cold weather. Consumer had to tie a belt from the door to driver's leg to keep the door from opening when driving the vehicle. Consumer contacted the dealer and the manufacturer. The dealer lubricated the locks, and it helped for only two weeks and the problem recurred. Manufacturer was no help.

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car image   Door Latch problem of the 1996 Volkswagen Passat 15
Failure Date: 06/24/2004

Consumer complained about a door lock problem. Currently, three of the four door locks broke. Doors will not open from the inside or the outside. Consumer took vehicle to the dealer, who indicated that they will do nothing. Consumer purchased an extended warranty. However, it did not cover the problem.

car image   Door Latch problem of the 1997 Volkswagen Passat 16
Failure Date: 06/01/2004

Driver's power window regulator mechanism has repeated failures despite replacement/repair on six occasions. This is a serious safety hazard, since the window must be closed by grasping the glass and manipulating it which can result in fingers being trapped and broken. Also, once this failure has happened, the window may drop down into the door unexpectedly at high speed causing driver distraction, or fail to open in an emergency precluding an escape path. This is compounded by faulty door latch mechanism actuators which preclude door opening from outside by rescue personnel. The failure is caused by a faulty roll pin slipping out of the door latch trigger mechanism causing failure of and binding of the linkage which causes the door lock actuating mechanism to fail, trapping passengers inside the vehicle. Please note that per the ge information services, japan issued a recall for this problem.

car image   Door Latch problem of the 1998 Volkswagen Passat 17
Failure Date: 01/01/2004

1998 vw Passat wagon 2 wheel drive 4 cyl. 1. 8 l engine. Manual transmission VIN: wvwna63b4we329363 things broken on this vw. Blinking abs light on dash indicating abs malfunction. It intermittently goes off once or twice a year for a couple of minutes, indicating function properly. Temp. Gauge on dash reads no temperature or 0. It intermittently comes back on and functions properly. I need to pull sending unit wire and clean connector. Driver's auto door lock button malfunctions. Window switches on drivers door doesn't work well. Stereo plays cd without pushing the button. (goes on buy its self) left rear passenger door does not open from inside. . Moon roof malfunctions. Maybe won't close after opening. Brake light's don't light up right away when you step on the brakes. Outside door locks stick. When it rains, water gets into the lock and make's it difficult to turn the key inside the lock. Plastic dip stick guide is prone to crumbling due to heat. (this is the orange piece of plastic that extends the length of the dipstick tube. Antenna got screwed up in rain and wind. Dec. -05.

car image   Door Latch problem of the 1997 Volkswagen Passat 18
Failure Date: 12/09/2003

1997 vw Passat tdi: rr door lock cannot be opened from inside. Problem developed over period of time, safety hazard because a passenger would be unable to escape. Lf door and rf door developing difficult opening. Door can be opened from outside with difficulty. Lf door will open only by power.

car image   Door Latch problem of the 1996 Volkswagen Passat 19
Failure Date: 10/03/2003

Door handles wore out within three years of the life of the vehicle. Consumer had two vehicles that had defective door handles. Not long after owning the vehicle the consumer was unable to open any of the doors from the inside. Dealer found the worn door lock assembly needed to be replaced. Broken outside mirror switch replaced. Trunk lock was loose.

car image   Door Latch problem of the 2002 Volkswagen Passat 20
Failure Date: 09/05/2003

Automatic lock and power window on rear passenger side door are inoperative. Dealer took two attempts to fix it. On the first, they applied some electrolytic grease in the hope that it would be enough. The next time they replaced the motor and lock unit.

car image   Door Latch problem of the 1999 Volkswagen Passat 21
Failure Date: 08/14/2003

Power door locks (passenger side) - locks operated but doors would not open from inside or outside.

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car image   Door Latch problem of the 1998 Volkswagen Passat 22
Failure Date: 04/01/2003

Nar 04/07/2003 mr. The timing belt, cylinder heads and the mass air flow had to replaced and the consumer is requesting reimbursement. In the past the consumer had to replace 2 window regulators, the sun roof opened and closed for no reason, the rear door would not lock, the windshield wipers did not work.

car image   Door Latch problem of the 2001 Volkswagen Passat 23
Failure Date: 03/17/2003

The door lock in the front passenger side opens up when the car is moving. Also it pops up when you shut the car and try to lock the doors using your remote key or with the buttons inside the car. So potentially anyone can open the passenger side door. To avoid this, you have to press it down manually before leaving the car.

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car image   Door Latch problem of the 1997 Volkswagen Passat 24
Failure Date: 08/01/2002

3 door latches do not work properly, and currently are completely inoperative. Have to pull with extreme force in order to open doors.

car image   Door Latch problem of the 1996 Volkswagen Passat 25
Failure Date: 06/29/2002

Passengers could not get in or out of vehicle because door was bolted shut. Cause unknown. Dealer notified.

Other Common Latches/locks/linkage related problems of Volkswagen Passat

Problem Category Number of Problems
Door Latch problems
Latches/locks/linkage problems
Trunk Lid Lock problems
Hood Latch problems