I bought the Passat almost a year and a half ago and I couldn't ask for a better car. The Passat appealed to me not only because of it's good looks, sports car handling, and awesome performance from the VR6 but because it's relatively rare and I know that I wouldn't see my car driving around EVERYWHERE. The only gripes that I have about this car are that there are no cup holders, the automatic transmission is slow to downshift going up hills and that maintenence is are costly, but it's worth every penny. Also, I need new tires soon and they are hard to come by as the stock 15" BBS rims are an unusual size (215/50HR15) and Tirerack only has three kinds, two of which are summer tires. The all season tires are $109/tire.
The power moonroof, front and rear spoiler, BBS rims, trip computer that gives time, trip time, mpg, oil temp, and outside temp, auto down windows which go up if you hold the key in the doorhandle (outside) while locking the car, VR6 engine which has tons of power, reclining rear seat, and automatic seatbelts.
I purchased this car with 145,000 on
the clock and what a great car it is.
I need to replace the 5 speed tranny
sometime , as 3 and 4 syncros are
toast. I must say I really love this
car though. Great handling, good
power, and comfy as hell. Oh, and for
$1400 I stole it. If you can get a
reasonable price, go for it. I'll buy
another VW in a heartbeat.
Very good car that could be great. Lots
of interior and trunk room for 5ppl.
Nice layout, but there are no air bags
for safety... this makes thia a very
dangerous investment at this time for
anyone. The car has had a number of
failing issues - Recalled fan unit that
actually went on fire in this
car...$890 to replace although it was
subject later to a recall.
Again, good auto, however buy at your
Tha sweet shifter and clutch
Many - Sunroof mechanicals, A/C unit
functions, Floor mats, Wind noise,
speakers. Power seat are needed here.
Where are the air bags in a 1994?
The Passat is a great vehicle. Only
problem and it's been a big one is that
after 115000 miles my transmission gave
out. My mechanic who sent it to an
authorized VW service center has had the
car on and off for the last 3 months
while they try to work out the kinks.
Have a 1987 Quantum(the original Passat)
and after over 200000 miles the original
transmission gave out. Lets see an
American car do that.
Overall, the best car I've ever owned,
in spite of the transmission problem.
We've owned the Passat since new in
1994. We test drove the Honda Accord,
Mitubishi Galant, and Ford Taurus.
Honda was intriguing but more
expensive by several grand. The other
two were just not in the same class.
Hands down the Passat was the most fun
Fun to drive factor! Farvergnugen!!
The VR6 2.8L 6-cylinder engine is
Add cupholders. Later models did.
The 94 model had a weird quirk in that
only one window could be going up or
down at a time. You have to wait for
your passengers to stop moving theirs
before others can. Odd. Easy to get
accustomed to. Has since been fixed.