I purchased a CPO 2002 Passat GLS 1.
8T Wagon in April of 2004 for a
cross-Canada trip heading west from
Ottawa to Vancouver Island then North
through Dawson Creek B.C. (mile 0 of the
Alaska Highway) and further north to
Great Slave Lake (above the 60th
Parallel) and back. The trip totalled
17000km and took 205 hours according to
the trip computer. The Passat swallowed
all of our gear and never complained
through a daily average of 6 hours on
the road at speeds anywhere from 30 to
75 mph. We averaged 36mpg over the full
distance in 32 days. Nothing went wrong.
A flawless trip in a car that left me
extremely impressed. I'd buy a new one
in a heartbeat.
Power and economy are each well
represented and delivered with the 1.8T.
Our route covered everything from
prairie vastness to high snowy mountain
peaks to twisty shoreline roads and this
little engine 'that could' solidly
delivered 35+ mpg day after day and
never lacked get up and go.
Firm up the ride a bit. While definitely
'not your father's Oldsmobile' the ride
could be more taut through the curvy
bits. The clutch pedal has far too much
travel; my 94 Probe GT has better clutch
feel and action. Improve the seatback
tilt control (that knob has got to go).