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Title: VW Passat being investigated for fires
Post by: 34k on May 17, 2007, 03:09:20 PM
http://www.autoblog.com/2007/05/17/vw-passat-being-investigated-for-fires/
From AutoBlog:

Boy, that's one hot car, that Passat. But is it so hot, in fact, that it self-immolates? The NHTSA seems to think that the ignition coil packs are prone to faults that can lead to fires underhood, in the instrument panel, or underneath the vehicle. Passats from 2000 to 2003 are currently under investigation by the NHTSA after 19 reports of spontaneous Teutonic combustion (hey!). Lucky owners who opted for the frugal TDI or spendy W8 can motor along blissfully, while gas-fueled four and six-pot drivers should start parking at the curb. No recall has been issued, but preliminary investigations such as this often end with the manufacturer issuing a recall. If it comes to that, VW's looking at fixing about 350,000 cars.



http://news.windingroad.com/automotive-news/vw-passat-fires-prompt-nhtsa-investigation/
From Winding Road:
According to Bloomberg News, 2000 to 2003 model year Volkswagen Passats are being investigated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) amidst 19 reports of 19 fires that may have been triggered by faulty ignition coils.

The investigation is in its preliminary stages (typically, around half of these investigations precipitate a recall), but the analysis could eventually affect some 346,000 gasoline-engined four- to six-cylinder Passats—TDI and W8 owners, rejoice – you’re in the clear.

What’s the problem? According to NHTSA, the potentially defective ignition coils could lead to engine compartment, instrument panel, or car “underside” fires near the catalytic converter.
Title: Re: VW Passat being investigated for fires
Post by: 92UrS4 on May 17, 2007, 03:18:00 PM
There was a rash of bad coil packs in the Passat during those years. Most cars had them replaces under a campaign already. I wonder if this is the replacement packs or the originals.
Title: Re: VW Passat being investigated for fires
Post by: jayryan on May 17, 2007, 03:55:03 PM
My Passat was so hot it made girls take thier clothes off! :o ;D

...but had the same affect with boys. :-\
Title: Re: VW Passat being investigated for fires
Post by: 34k on May 18, 2007, 09:32:13 AM
There was a rash of bad coil packs in the Passat during those years. Most cars had them replaces under a campaign already. I wonder if this is the replacement packs or the originals.

I don't know, I thought it was strange that they just released that too, and that they are talking about a new campaign.
Title: Re: VW Passat being investigated for fires
Post by: gragravar on May 18, 2007, 10:32:11 AM
FWIW, a coil pack on my allroad went out and caught fire.  never managed to spread beyond the coil itself, but it was still a scary moment.
Title: Re: VW Passat being investigated for fires
Post by: SweetVW on May 18, 2007, 10:37:18 AM
I had a coil pack fail on my GTI a couple weeks ago.  It never went beyond the pack, but when I opened the hood I could smeel a strong burnt rubber smell.  Kinda scared me.  I would not want anything to happen to me or my family, not to mention the GTI.  The Passat on the other hand has been rock solid.
Title: Re: VW Passat being investigated for fires
Post by: jayryan on May 18, 2007, 12:04:48 PM
I just replaced all four of my failing coilpacks on the Audi :-X
Title: Re: VW Passat being investigated for fires
Post by: SweetVW on May 18, 2007, 01:03:21 PM
All were failing or were you being pro-active?  That is crazy!
Title: Re: VW Passat being investigated for fires
Post by: jayryan on May 18, 2007, 01:06:01 PM
All were failing or were you being pro-active?  That is crazy!

Two were gone, and two were on their way out.
Title: Re: VW Passat being investigated for fires
Post by: aowhaus on May 20, 2007, 10:30:29 PM
The coil pack recall from a while ago only affected 1.8T's but not V6's.
It's interesting that this recent investigation involves V6's too.