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Push in key, car will not start

This started happening very intermittantly, then more fregquently. When I asked a dealer they said that they had never heard of this problem. After several months went to another dealer who did a diagnostic and found nothing. Asked for both keys and said they had reprogrammed these - $300 or more. Back again, and now we have been told that it is a steering column problem. There appear to be many reports of this occuring in 2006 Passats and it is time to mobilize for a recall.

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IF its an 06 I would check vwvortex,com for TSB reports on this make and model. See if you can find something on there about it

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