Has your VW Passat experienced water ...

Has your VW Passat experienced water damage?

Created by Kira on Jan 18, 2008

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Adam

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#1 Jan 26, 2008
I am an attorney in New Jersey. I am currently litigating a proposed class action lawsuit against VW for this exact problem since it is due to defects in the cars (not just passats), this has been confirmed by VW dealerships. We are looking to build the class and to get compensation not just for the repair costs that should have been covered by warranty but were not, but also for the diminished value of the cars. Anyone can contact me at [email protected] if you have had he problem and are interested in participating.
Amy Hatfield

Gig Harbor, WA

#2 Feb 3, 2008
Please contact me @ [email protected] regarding this matter. I experienced horrific flooding in my VW Jetta (2"). I was told that leaks were often difficult to diagnose or resolve. Imagine my surprise when I called to schedule this repair service and the technican was nonplussed. Upon arrival, my dealership informed me that they see this all the time, it would take 2 hrs of labor, and they would need to modify my vehcilce.
I am pursuing this directly with Volkswagen but will support any effot you undertake.
Sincerly,
Amy Hatfield
Lynda

Trenton, NJ

#3 Mar 19, 2008
I have water in the rear passenger floor and now my car will not start. Should I have it towed to a dealership for repairs? Should I call VW of America to pay for the repairs? Are the repairs expensive? Please help me. [email protected]
Lisa

United States

#4 Apr 1, 2008
Lynda I have the same problem! Please let me know what you find out!
carman

Los Altos, CA

#5 Apr 4, 2008
WV looks goo but does not last long. see http://www.cardriver.com
Mike

Canada

#6 Apr 12, 2008
I have just had the leak issue happen with my VW 2001 Passat. This is brutal. I have had 41 issues go wrong with this car in the last 4 years. This has been an absolute waste of time. The first two years were under warranty, so in 4 years I've had to put in $3500. Which I guess isn't horrible if you consider, new tires, brakes, oil changes, other wear and tear items. But this leak issue is complete crap...it is a design flaw that VW is unwilling to acknowledge. There are many issues that VW is unwilling to acknowledge. I also have had the ABS module break down on this vehicle. Which I am going to get fixed at a cost of $1500. This is worst performing car I have ever had. DON'T BUY A PASSAT!!!!!!!!!!
Tom from DE

Willards, MD

#7 Apr 22, 2008
My '03 Passat wagon is always wet on the (US) rear passenger side, rain or shine, but worse in summer. Sunroof drains have been checked, pollen filter replaced, etc, to no benefit. Is it possible for A/C condensation to find its way back there?
Dan Copenhagen Denmark

Copenhagen, Denmark

#8 Apr 26, 2008
I have a Passat Variant from 2001.
Always wet at the rear passenger side. And always in the glove compartment.
VW would`nt not find the problem. Eighter at the garanti period until 2003.
I did it 3 years ago and it works.
Loosen the pollenfiltre consol with 4-6 nuts. Lift it up as much you can and make a surrounding dam with silicone glue, arround the hool down to the airblower. Its not easy bud it works.
Now my car is dry in the hole year.
Susan Philips

Austin, TX

#9 Apr 27, 2008
Adam wrote:
I am an attorney in New Jersey. I am currently litigating a proposed class action lawsuit against VW for this exact problem since it is due to defects in the cars (not just passats), this has been confirmed by VW dealerships. We are looking to build the class and to get compensation not just for the repair costs that should have been covered by warranty but were not, but also for the diminished value of the cars. Anyone can contact me at [email protected] if you have had he problem and are interested in participating.
After finding water standing on the floor of my passat this morning, I would like to explore the possibility of participating in the class. Please let me know what you need from me. Thanks. Susan Philips [email protected]
Mendel

San Jose, CA

#11 May 9, 2008
I too have found 1" of water on the rear floor passenger side. Would be interested joining a class action.
Adam wrote:
I am an attorney in New Jersey. I am currently litigating a proposed class action lawsuit against VW for this exact problem since it is due to defects in the cars (not just passats), this has been confirmed by VW dealerships. We are looking to build the class and to get compensation not just for the repair costs that should have been covered by warranty but were not, but also for the diminished value of the cars. Anyone can contact me at [email protected] if you have had he problem and are interested in participating.
George from Cocoa Fl

Lakeland, FL

#12 May 27, 2008
I have had water on the front passenger side floor off and on for the last year. VW service just gave my wife the run around. I'm would like to participate in the suit.
norm from fla

AOL

#13 Jun 23, 2008
my fiance's 02 passat has it's own wake zone on the passenger floor board...maybe we can go on a nice fishing trip there one day!! you're all welcome to join!!
Jorge

Washington, DC

#14 Jul 3, 2008
Just this week I experienced this same problem for the first time. I have a 2001 Passat. I don't believe it is from the A/C, but instead, I believe water is leaking in from the outside.
This is the last drop. My second car is a 1997 Accord, and it hasn't had half the problems of the 2001 Passat. I will NEVER buy another VW. I don't even know if I would ever buy a european car. It's all Honda (or Acura) from now on.
In the mean time, if I can get some money back from VW, it would be great.
Beth

Hanson, KY

#15 Jul 6, 2008
Same story...my daughter ironically is studying abroad in Germany this summer. We are supposed to pick her up at the airport next Thursday so I took her 2002 Passat out yesterday morning to go to the bank and then have the oil changed. As I headed down our drive I felt water on my feet. Suddenly all sorts of crazy alarms start going off. I make it to the bank but then the car won't restart. My husband and I went back that afternoon and vacuumed over a gallon of water out of the driver's side floor boards (front and back). The car restarted and we at least got it home.
My husband discovered that the cover over the battery had come loose. When he poured a glass of water down the windshield it soon showed up in the back floor board.
I googled this site this morning and found the dismal news. I don't guess we'll go to the expense of replacing her tires this week. It would appear we need to dry it out as best as possible and trade it.
Ken

Bronx, NY

#16 Jul 8, 2008
I have a 1999 Volkswagen Passat which continues to experience water leaks and damage to the TCM and now the ABS brake control and airbag. I've already spent $2500 to have the probelem fixed and another $1500 when it happened again. I notice that the water is leaking down the rear passenger door post. I cannot believe VW hasn't stepped up to resolve this problem.
I want to be part of the class action suit against VW.
Elizabeth Henning

Coral Gables, FL

#17 Jul 8, 2008
I live in Miami, FL and have a 2002 VW Passat Wagon. It rained very badly the other day. To my dismay when I went to get into my car, I found that it was flooded on the passenger side (front and rear). At first the car would not even start. After a bit of drying, it started but had problems shifting into gear. I had it towed to the VW dealer, who informed me that it needs a new TCD at $1900, some other minor wires, and over 11 hrs of labor at $100 an hour! Total cost is over $3,000! There is no way I can afford to pay that, and my insurance won't cover it. I started looking online to try and find the part at a junk deal, and ended up seeing that I am not the only one with this problem. I would like in on the law suit. What do I need to do?
My e-mail is [email protected]

Thanks!
EvilDiva

Ormond Beach, FL

#18 Jul 21, 2008
I looked into this and will be trying my fix at home, but I found that either the sunroof drains are clogged, or you need to clean the pollen filter under the hood. Now to find a new carpet kit once I figure if this is the deal or not.

Count me in on a suit. I am sure carpet to get that smell out is going to cost me a fortune.
[email protected]
Matt

Cambridge, Canada

#19 Jul 22, 2008
Just drove my 2005 Passat TDI through a big puddle... the engine stopped while in the water but it did manage to get up and going again later on it and its working fine now... the car was 2 ft deep in water and not a single drop got in the car... so i don't think its a design flaw... it might be on a few models but definitely not in mine. it held up like a tank.
laurasus

Olmsted Falls, OH

#20 Jul 29, 2008
2003 VW Passat 1.8T manual
I have experienced flooding as well. I do not have a sunroof. I would like to learn more about any class action suits regarding this matter.
[email protected]
Bob

Lawrence, MA

#21 Aug 12, 2008
Started with huge puddles on passenger side rear floor, not sure where it's coming from (but interestingly, have seen water on the top of the battery like another poster). Anyone been able to determine what the "deisgn flaw" is?

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