My brother bought this car for a little old lady 9 months ago for 5k. Haha, ya right. He has already spent 4k fixing it and his mechanic says the ball joints are going, onther 1k. What a lemon. I drove the car, it may or may not have been owned by a little old lady but it definitely drives like one. What a piece of junk.
Sure I took a risk buying this car used at 119,500 miles, but all the reviews online were pretty good for this car. 400 miles later I started having oil pressure lights and engine lights come on and when I googled the symptoms, I got all kinds of bad news about the car. Oil sludge is a problem and if it's not fixed fast, the engine will need replacing. I'm not even sure if there really is a fix for this problem. If you have this car, get it checked right away. These reviews make it look like a good car, but be careful and read the forums to see what will really happen if you purchase/own this car. 2002 also has this problem
We bought it brand new off the boat from Germany, and we still love the car at 75,000 miles. These cars do require a little extra appreciation of the engineering and sophistication of the 1.8 turbo four with its low speed torque and light weight. Previously, we owned 3 Toyota Camrys, which also required more repairs as they got older. VW and both local dealers have been good about recall notices and anticipating problems. I started using synthetic oil changes at 5000 miles when VW offered the 80,000 mile warranty, and I think it protects during cold starts and gives a little better mileage, despite the extra cost.
Standard equipment in basic model, Precise handling with supple suspension and quiet ride. Good visibility in wagon with comfortable seats w/driver and passenger seats adjustable. Controls, extra lights, design for winter driving and rust prevention.
Better quality control on parts, design for easier repair.
Since I purchased this car 6 years ago, it has been in for repair at least 4 to 10 times per year, every year (on top of the regular oil changes). Always some electrical problem or oil leak. In the first 3 months all four tires had to be replaced. While the people at the dealer were always friendly and cooperative, they were not forthcoming with detailed answers about any of the mechanical/electrical problems.
I used to own a VW Golf, and the Passat handled just as well. Really liked it. Also the size of the car was great.
Do not buy a VW. The electrical problems are incessant. The backseat is very difficult to pull down. The heating system never worked properly, especially at your feet. At 100,000 miles I had to give the car up because it would cost $2,500 to keep it drivable - that's after maintaining it impeccably.
Great looking, fantastic out on the
road, solid as a rock and just purrs at
80mph but the 2 second pause before the
turbo kicks in when you step on the gas
from a dead stop is one big negative.
(you learn quickly not to pull out with
oncoming traffic) Oh, a second
negative, the engineer who figured that
a rotary knob on the side to recline
the driver's seat was a good idea needs
to go back to design school, i.e. just
reach behind you with your non dominant
hand and rotate the knob while lifting
your body weight from the seat ...yeah.
Leather is beautiful and the heated
seats are great. Nice attention to
details. The radio is clear with great
definition. Out on the interstate it is
Eliminate the pause at the start of
acceleration. Switch to a handle to
recline the seat.