Volkswagen Passat owners have reported 20 problems related to power assist brake vacuum (under the service brakes category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Volkswagen Passat based on all problems reported for the Passat.
In August of 2013, while backing out of a driveway, I experienced a total loss of braking. After examining the car, I discovered that the plenum that holds the battery and brake booster was nearly filled with rain water. It was necessary for me to remove one of the duck-billed drain plugs in the plenum as all were clogged with debris, preventing water from draining out. The flooded plenum appears to have resulted in water being drawn through the vacuum lines when attempting to brake. This, in turn, caused a significant amount of water to be drawn into the crankcase. Water was also drawn into the cylinders resulting in misfiring. After removing at least one drain plug in the plenum for proper drainage, and double flushing the contaminated oil in the crankcase, I experienced no further braking problems until freezing weather in November 2013. In November, while braking near the bottom of a hill, I again experienced a hard pedal with no depression and almost no braking ability, resulting in the car going into the intersection before fully stopping. The car was towed to the Volkswagen dealership for repair. Two weeks later, there was again the symptom of a hard pedal? with no depression and near loss of all braking. The car was again returned to the Volkswagen dealership for repair. This time, the vacuum booster, the vacuum pipes, and their related items were replaced. As noted in the dealership invoice, evidence of water was found in the replaced vacuum booster. The dealership acknowledged that the plenum had a significant high-water pollen line, indicating flooding of the plenum. It was believed by their service department staff that the brake failures in November and December 2013 were likely the result of residual water freezing in the vacuum booster, causing the booster to be inoperative. Also, the ignition coils were replaced. Updated 01/30/14 the consumer stated the insufficient fix during the 2008 campaign did not resolve the problem. It allowed for continued flooding of the plenum compartment and subsequent brake failures. Updated 02/19/14 updated 03/13/14 updated 05/12/14.
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Service brakes, hydraulic:power assist:vacuum
2006 vw Passat 3. 6l vr6 model. The problem occurred in late 2010 at first a few months after the car was purchased. The problem occurs when the vehicle is at a set of lights, the rpm are normally around 650-700 rpm, when the problem occurs the rpm go to 1250-1300 while the vehicle is stopped, this makes so the driver has to apply much more foot strength to hold the car. Raising the risks of a car crash. This happens randomly, if I drive a day it might not happen, then I drive the next day at the second set of lights it happens. I have attempted to repair this at vw in nh but they did not solve the problem and claimed the car "is not really an automatic, but a manual" and changed gear boot connectors or some something, and the same week the problem resumed. I feel I cannot go to vw to repair this as this will give me excuses, please look into this, I feel this is detrimental to my and my family's safety. Thank you.
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Information redacted pursuant to the freedom of information act (foia), 5 u. S. C. 552(b)(6)
2003, vw, Passat: a. )tie rod and b. )brake vacuum
2006 vw recalls 06v472000 & 05v540000 are suspiciously the same problem as my 2003 Passat. Last trip to service dept revealed both problems. There has been no accident or injury to date.
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When I started my 2002 Passat station wagon yesterday, there was no power assist function on the brakes. This was experienced two days in a row, and braking was extremely difficult. Braking distance was greatly increased over what it had previously been. This phenomenon happened when I first started driving the vehicle after it was parked a while. Pumping the brakes seemed to improve the effectiveness of the braking, but never enough to give me confidence that I could stop when I needed to. I have taken the car to the dealer, and they have said the master cylinder needs replacing. I participated in the air plenum recall and had the air plenum replaced on 9/7/07. I am sending in the present complaint after reading the NHTSA action # pe07018. The problems with the brakes in complaint #pe07018 sound very much like my problem, and I thought you should be aware of my situation. I also live in wisconsin where we are currently having a cold wet winter.
On January 23, 2007, I made an appointment with crestmont vw in pompton lakes, NJ to perform the brake line (NHTSA campaign id number : 06v472000 ) and wiper motor (NHTSA campaign id number : 06v470000 ) recalls on my vehicle. I intentionally made the advance appointment for nine business days later, February 2, 2007, to give crestmont vw time to order the necessary parts. During the first visit on February 2, 2007, crestmont vw was only able to repair the wiper motor because of the failure to secure the necessary part for the brake line recall, even with the advance notice of nine business days. Shortly after my first visit, on February 4, 2007, the brake part covered by the recall failed and rendered my Passat unsafe to drive. My car was towed to crestmont vw, and on February 6, 2007, I was informed that crestmont vw had broken another part while attempting to repair the brake vacuum line. At this time, I was informed that the necessary part was not available until at least the middle of March.
- the contact owns a 2006 vw Passat. The contact received a recall notice on January 25, 2007 service brakes, hydraulic:power assist:vacuum. The dealer honored the recall. However, the contact didn't feel safe driving the vehicle. Five days after receiving the recall the brakes failed while a family member was driving 10 mph. The brakes wouldn't engage. The brakes remained in the upright position when the contact attempted to stop the vehicle. Volkswagen will honor the warranty. The contact requested to terminate the lease and accept a different vehicle or an allowance for another vehicle. Also, the contact's radiator had to be replaced at 200 miles and he felt the vehicle was a lemon.
2002 vw Passat with total brake failure customer is requesting compensation for repair work to car and house** it was discovered the brake booster assembly, which was supposed to be vacuum-sealed had 1 quart of water in it. The mechanic stated that due to the cold night, the assembly froze up, and when the consumers wife started to pull the vehicle into the garage to warm it up, the brake system failed.
: the contact stated while in the driveway, the brake pedal would not depress and the vehicle would not stop. The vehicle was put in neutral and the parking brake was applied. The contact waited for the thermostat on the vehicle to go above freezing then took the vehicle to the dealership. The dealership determined the drain holes in the battery compartment had filled with road debris. This caused water to get trapped in the compartment and freeze. The master vacuum for the brakes is located in this compartment, and this freezing caused the failure. The debris was cleared out and the master vacuum and other components were replaced.
While traveling at approximately 40 mph consumer attempted to apply brakes to stop for a red light, brake pedal failed to move, causing vehicle to travel into intersection. Dealership examined vehicle, and determined that vacuum line coming off of booster in the braking system ruptured, and needed to be replaced. Consumer also states that vehicle cuts off due to the fuel supply relay being defective.
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Recall 99v-131000 vw/ brake booster: received this manufacturer's recall. Notified dealer and manufacturer, and was informed to disregard notice because it did not exist. Asking NHTSA to look into this and explain if this mfr. Recall exists on my vehicle, or provide additional information.
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Recall repairs denied due to lack of parts (99v-131 and 99v-248).
Recall repair can not be completed due to lack of parts. (99v-131).
Consumer denied recall repair (99v-131) due to lack of parts.
Oil line broke while driving. Also, abs/master cylinder malfunctioned, causing the entire abs system to be replaced. Vehicle was not braking properly when brakes were applied. In addition, had pads replaced twice/needed a new booster installed, and sun roof was replaced because it leaked and made a squealing noise.
51 hours after purchasing my new vw Passat GLS v6, the brake booster failed, causing violent shaking of the car, stiffening of the brake pedal impairing my braking ability and thick heavy smoke from under the hood. I was informed the next day by the deale.
2006 ww Passat customer wants to know is his vehicle affected by this recall (recall 06v472000 p7-vacuum booster)*.
Brake booster, intake air screen and tie rod end unable to be repaired under recalls due to lack of parts. Nlm (98v-134,99v-131, 99v-248).
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Recall component on national backorder and can not be replaced, owner is experiencing intermittent failure. (99v-131).
Nhtsa recall no:99v131001 and manufacturer's recall no:uh concerning brake booster failure. No parts were available. Called several times other dealers, and no one has the part.
Consumer unable to have recall repair 99v-131 completed due to parts not being in stock.
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|Brake Antilock Control Unit/module problems||
|Service Brakes problems||
|Brake Light On problems||
|Brake Abs Warning Light problems||
|Abs Brake Fail problems||
|Brake Electric Antilock problems||
|Brake Disc Rotor problems||
|Brakes Failed problems||
|Brake Disc Pads problems||
|Power Assist Brake Vacuum problems||