Question about 2000 Volkswagen Passat 4Motion
My passat 2.3 v5 confortline, automatic transmission car does not take off easily (sluggish initial momentum). all the indicators on the computer dashboard are show to be engaged and car jegs hard each time i change a gear.
the switch in the shifter lever is most likely worn out or miss adjusted remove the cover from around the shifter look for two contact switches where the up down shift is press gently do they click no replace them yes move the closer to the strike plate
Posted on Jun 09, 2008
SOURCE: the handbreak indicator light on
there is a small switch at the base of the handbrake lever, if u pull the rubber boot back u will see it, the switch turns off when the little spring plunger is pushed down in that switch, many times the switch bracket gets bent and then the handbrake lever fails to depress the plunger and the light stays on check it, if u depress the switch with your finger and the light doesn't go out u may have a grounded wire to the switch, in that case u will need to pull the boot off to trace the wire and find the damaged section..
Posted on Jan 09, 2009
My 2004 Passat 1.8T 4motion has the same problem. Took it to the dealer. I thought it might be a software issue as there was a service bulletin for a similar issue registered at the NHTSA.gov website. They claimed they did all the sensor checks and found nothing. Then they said the tranny was shot and for a mere $5,000 I could have a new one. I begged to differ so I called VW itself and described the issue. Their customer service rep was not even up to the type of car this was and had no idea about what I was inquiring. Those people are trained to be obstructionists by VW. I tried to get this problem elevated to a higher level and was told they were the end of the line. Sadly we're on are own with this manufacturer. They simply deny, deny and deny. I'd suggest you lodge the problem with the NHTSA under defect investigation. Maybe some day they'll find it was a design or manufacturing flaw, just like their coil issue.
Posted on May 22, 2010
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