• Nov 11, 2008

Click above for high-res gallery of the 2009 Volkswagen CC

While sporting around the Southeast in Volkswagen's new CC recently, failure of the steering system was not something we worried about. Apparently, though, it should have been. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced a recall of all 2009 Volkswaken Passats, Passat Wagons and CCs sold for steering problems. According to the recall description, a damaged capacitor could mean the driver's "steering input is not properly addressed." Which, of course, is hardly ever a good thing.

Luckily, the recall affects only 130 cars and has resulted in no accidents.

[Source: NHTSA via Edmunds Inside Line]


All photos Copyright ©2008 Chris Tutor / Weblogs, Inc.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      That is definitely not something you want on a twisting mountain road...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Great Post!

      Just F.Y.I., try http://www.totalrecallinfo.com for all recall info.

      Take care
      • 6 Years Ago
      Who's gonna build the first 2Dr Sedan?

      • 6 Years Ago
      awe, reminds me of the time the active steering went out on our 545i @85 mph... wait... no accidents reported, nm.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It does look look good in picture.I wonder how does it feel driving it.I love VW!
      http://peekcars.blogspot.com/
        • 6 Years Ago
        "I wonder how does it feel driving it"
        oh the irony.
      • 6 Years Ago
      He's makin' a left turn!
      He's makin' another left turn!
      He's... not turning.
      He's crashed!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Is that a NASCAR commentary?
        • 6 Years Ago
        LMAO

        that's some funny shhit right th're

        nice way to enter the market, another electronic nightmare form VW. good luck to oncomers on those twisty roads
        you'd need to look twice to see if this thing is coming, and thank god VW made that front end so ugly an huge that you can't miss it
      • 6 Years Ago
      "steering input is not properly addressed."

      I bet it took a team of lawyers three weeks to settle on the politically correct translation for "It won't f#*$%$ STEER!!!!!!!"
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is a rack and pinion system with 2 pinions. One that attaches directly to the steering wheel through the intermediate shaft, and one that is powered by an electric motor. There is a steering position sensor at the wheel, and a torque sensor at the base of the intermediate shaft that dictates how much assistance the system provides.
      If the system fails, or creates an error, it will go into a failure mode, reducing power assistance partially or completely.

      Here's a copy/pasted quote from the shop training manual for this system:
      "Effects of Failure:
      An advantage of the asynchronous motor is
      that the motor can be moved by the steering
      gear even when no voltage is available.
      This means that, in the event of failure of
      Electro-mechanical Power Steering Motor
      V187 and loss of power steering assistance,
      the steering can still be operated by applying
      a slightly greater amount of force. Even in
      the event of a short circuit, Electromechanical
      Power Steering Motor V187 will
      not freeze. Faults are indicated by Electromechanical
      Power Steering Indicator Lamp
      K161 lighting up red.
      Steering Electrics
      Electro-mechanical Power Steering
      Motor V187"

      While I agree that over the years, euro electric systems have been a bit dodgy (anybody with a lucas electrical system? shudder.), virtually every gremlin VW/Audi has experienced in the last 15 years has been a supplier part. This steering system is no exception.

      I wouldn't trust a steer-by-wire system in ANY car, but I trust this same system to get my girlfriend safely to work and back every day in her GTI...
      • 6 Years Ago
      gotta say that's the best looking VW I've seen. (better than the scirocco since the front and back flow nicely)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Chase

        I don't know what you mean by "The chassis/suspension is way more taught than the Passat's" but Passat and the CC are identical cars with different bodies.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I would've said the same until I saw the taillights.. how'd they manage to Bangle that up.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The base model with manual drives really nicely too. The chassis/suspension is way more taught than the Passat's.

        By the way, pictures don't do the Scirocco justice. I thought it looked mediocre in pictures, but I saw one in person recently and I couldn't believe my eyes. It seems a lot smaller than a GTI.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed with you, this is one great looking VW..VW rocks!~

        http://www.bestautocars.com/
      • 6 Years Ago
      Good ole VW junk. It's like deja vu all over again!
      feldmanme1
      • 2 Years Ago
      i have 2009 vw cc. have continuous steering issues. car cannot stay straight and needs constant adjustment. moves left or right- floating feeling at higher speeds above 50mph. very nerve racking when narrow lanes and traffic. sent notice to NHSTA in 2010. Like an idiot, bought a 2013 Q5 with same "electro mechanical " system and would you believe- exactly same problem. the crack engineers at vw/audi can't get their act together.
      • 5 Years Ago
      pls send me colors of volkswagen cc
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