1998 Volkswagen Passat Consumer Review: Ambivalent
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1998 Volkswagen Passat - Consumer Review

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GLS 1.8T Sedan (1.8L 4-cyl. Turbo 5-speed Manual)

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Ambivalent
By superegoid on

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1998 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8T Turbo 4dr Sedan

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Up until I owned my awesome 2007 BMW 335i coupe, there was no car I had more fun driving and showing off than my sporty and sexy white Passat. Guys dug the car and girls dug me (cuz of the car)! But that's not really important. The car looks great. At the time, the design was new and totally original; soon it would be replicated in almost every make on the road. And like most VeeDubs, the interior was modern with lots of new tech. It was comfy to sit in for hours and the drive was gutsy. The turbo, even though with significant lag, gave the engine amazing boost. It made 150 horses feel like 200. So it's too bad that it spent so much time in the shop.

Best Features

The looks and style - inside and out. The turbo charged 1.8L engine. The VW badge and coolness factor.

Worst Features

Reliability! This will be the downfall of VW if they don't make their cars to a higher quality standard. If only they were more durable. VW's are notorious for engine and tranny problems, as well as having pernicious little failures occur constantly.
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