by RoughRider on Dec 2, 2008 Vehicle: 1992 Volkswagen Passat GL 4dr Sedan
Bought the car for $800 = lots of margin for repair costs. 190K mi when bought 194K miles now. Avg 39mpg, hi 42, low 23 (teaching son to drive std). Total expenses to date (purchase, tax, title, tags, fuel and repairs): $1925. Some body rust showing. Heater core went - replacement is MAJOR undertaking. Some electrical glitches (smack the dash in the right place to make things work). Sunroof issues. Headliner fabric came loose (removed it & painted the liner with textured flocking). Picked up car in sub-freezing temperatures in January, drove nonstop from eastern PA to north central IL, averaged 525 miles to 16 gallon fill-up @85mph. Would drive this car anywhere for the next 100K mi or so.
by Jones on Aug 15, 2008 Vehicle: 1992 Volkswagen Passat GL 4dr Sedan
I have had this vehicle for probably over 10 years, and I just cannot seem to part with it. I love it; it has been one of my favorite cars to drive. It performs great even with the a/c on. It was very impressive driving in the mountains. I sat it up for a few years and I am in the process of getting it back into good driving condition. I had problems with the fuel system, very costly. I also had the timing belt break. I did not repair that motor, I replaced it with another engine from another passat I purchased. I changed over the a/c and it was ice cold until I let the car sit.
by Robinson on Oct 26, 2005 Vehicle: 1992 Volkswagen Passat GL 4dr Sedan
If the timing belt snaps say goodbye to your valves / cylinder head. My Passat had chronic mechanical problems. It seems like there is a repair needed every month. The transmision operation is not smooth and sluggish to shift. It rides like a horse drawn wagon. Repairs and parts are expensive. The engine will not start when the it is hot unless you use high octane fuel only - the dealership seems inept at finding solutions to problems. They have you replace sensor after sensor at great expense and still problems persist.
by A Quist on Feb 19, 2004 Vehicle: 1992 Volkswagen Passat GL 4dr Sedan
I've owned my VW Passat since new,
eleven years, and 253,800 miles. That
should be enough said. If it wasn't fun
to drive, I wouldn't have kept it that
long. I kept good care of it, and it
didn't let me down until it got to be 10
years old. On the road, I would get a
consistent 35 MPG, and only occasionally
down to 27 MPG in the city.
by JIQG on Jun 16, 2003 Vehicle: 1992 Volkswagen Passat GL 4dr Sedan
A 1992 is not a reliable car. I felt
in love with the car due to its
handling, excellent!. But it made a
big dent on my wallet. Oil leaks,
serious problems with the cooling
system, the heating system, the dash
board malfunction, the air
conditioning system collapsed, the
powered windows went Kaput!. Do not
even considered to get this model. I
still wander Why I had kept it this
Not reliable at all, very expensive
parts, not every mechanic knows how to
work on it. Get a good manual and
special tools to change parts, or take
it to the VW dealer to get it fix.
by Wes16V on Mar 18, 2003 Vehicle: 1992 Volkswagen Passat GL 4dr Sedan
Hey! This IS an eleven year old car, if
I wanted to drive an appliance I would
buy a Honda or Toyota. I don't, so I
bought a VW.
Considering buying? Stay far far far
away from the automatic transmission, it
WILL fail (the manual is bullet proof,
though). Also, make sure you change the
timing belt and tensioner the day after
you buy it and enjoy!
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