The Passat B7 manufactured by the German automaker, Volkswagen, is a mid-sized sedan and the predecessor to the Passat B6 in the US and the rest of North America. The Passat, also known as the NMS (short for New Midsize Minivan), is priced competitively and has become popular with both Volkswagen and midsize sedan fans. However, some customers have complained of rattling noises originating from the inside of the car's cabin.
While noisy engine valves can certainly cause car owners plenty of consternation, when the rattling comes from inside the car, it can be especially frustrating. Sometimes it is very difficult, if not impossible, to discover the source of the noise. Some Passat drivers claim that the sounds come from the dashboard. Others hear the noises clearly coming from the door panels while others insist the sound comes from somewhere in the rear of the cabin. A few drivers report that the noises come from every direction.
It is important to keep in mind, however, that interior noises are nothing unique to the Passat. Many models and makes of car experience such noises. It may be possible to alleviate some of these interior rattles by applying sound deadeners to block or reduce the noise.
If you do not possess the confidence or skill to perform your own repairs, you can always take your Passat into an independent VW repair specialist and have them check out the source of these in-cabin rattling noises. VW also offers a carefree maintenance package which can provide protection for your Passat for either 2 years and 24,000 miles on 2014 models, or 3 years and 36,000 miles on models made between 2009 and 2013.
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