If you insist on buying a Passat, stay
away from the 4 cylendar. We have had
more problems with this car in two
years than I have had with my '96
corolla in 9 years. We had to have it
towed twice for ignition coil
failures. The passenger
side seatbelt broke and it took 2
weeks to get it repaired. Then
several trips to the dealer for the
check engine light which dumbfounded
the technicians. The final straw came
on the 25,000 mile service when they
told me the rear brake pads and rotors
were 90% worn and rusted. AT 25,000
miles!!!. $350.00. The dealer did
repair them on warrenty but only after
I threatened to get a second opinion.
Style, interior quality and base-level
More storage space/compartments.
Better CD compartment. Better cruise
contol controls. Get rid of the
automatic locking tail gate.
This wagon is an ideal vehicle for
almost anyone. It'll carry four in
total comfort, five in a pinch, and
haul stuff in the rear that sedans
can't match. And, with AWD, it does it
in all but the worst blizzards.
Performance-wise, it keeps up with all
but the hottest performers on the road.
The car is two years old, and I'm still
getting complements on how nice it is
and admiring looks from other motorists.
The blue and red dash lighting at night
just has to be seen; it's a knock-out!
The leather seating is just right,
especially for six-footers like me.
This car came with every feature as
standard equipment, and I love the
creature-comforts that abound.
More storage room for CD's, tapes and
other junk. The center console holds
practically nothing (two tapes at a
time and a few other small items!) and
the glove box is too small and far away
from the driver to hold tapes and CD's.
My car is currently 2 years old with
around 40,000 miles on it. It started
off great. Then after 1 month I had it
in the shop because I ran out o gas
when it said I still had 1/2 tank! It
took over a week to fix. Then I had
to take it in again 3 other times for
a leaking gas tank. 2 months ater that
the car started stalling out when I
slowed at intersections, unable to
restart. Took it in and they had it
for 4 days and claimed to have fixed
it. 1 week later same thing....
Long story short, the problem is
stillnot resolved and not once have
they given me a loner car! Do not buy
Purchased in March 2002, I've driven the
Passat through very severe snow storms
in the Sierra, as I frequently commute
between Reno and San Francisco. The
all-wheel drive system holds the road
like a cat; the 6-cylinder engine
accelerates smoothly with plenty of
power over the steepest grades. Handling
is very good:firm and predictable, with
no sudden surprises in the curves. Far
superior to any SUV on the market.
Seating is comfortable and visibility,
all-round, is good.
I like the car very much but will not
replace it with another Passat at end of
lease period, in one year.
Recommended with reservations (see below.)
Braking and handling; power plant;
all-wheel drive; fit and finish;
interior design; auto-manual
transmission; safety features; comfort;
sound system. A very good looking car
for its class.