I've owned 5 new VW's in the last 5
years (1999 Jetta GLX - the best by
far, 2000 Jetta GLX, 2001 Cabrio GLX,
2002 Passat GLX 4-motion Wagon, and
2003 Passat W8 4-motion Wagon). The
best performing car was - hands down -
the 1999 GLX. Do not take the plunge
on the W8 for the extra $7K. The GLX
Passat Wagon is just as good a
performer as the W8! I'm considering
switching to Audi Allroad 2.7.
Fun to drive despite appreciable turbo
lag off the line. Have had numerous
little problems which the dealership
has been able to fix. This is
certainly no Toyota in terms of build
quality or reliability, but then again
it isn't a mere "transportation
appliance"--actually has personality.
I wouldn't have bought it without VW
extending the base warranty to 48
months. Wonderful interior, nice
This es a good looking well built
vehicle with a lot more space than a
sedan to haul things. It handles road
iregularities and conors very well.
You really feel like you are driving
something that is going to last a long
time when you are behind the wheel.
The 4 cylinder Turbo engine coupled
with the 5 speed automatic does a good
job of moving along in any kind of
traffic. Turbo lag is not really a
problem and you can enter a freeway on
ramp with confidence. Styling is very
good from any angle, but especially
from the rear. The taillights are not
only attractive but very visable to
drivers approaching from the rear.
Terific styling, build quality and
solid feel from opening and closing
the doors to driving down the road.
Make it easier to change motor oil and
oil filter. Add just a little bit more
padding to the front seat bottoms. VW
specifies using only 5w40 motor oil
for oil changes yet their
dealers routienly use anything but
5w40 motor oil. Some consistancy on
this point would be comforting.
Purchasing the Volkswagon Passat Wagon
was a compromise between me and my
husband. We previously owned an SUV
which I hated from day one. I wanted a
comfortable sedan. He thought we
needed more space. We were also in the
market for a new car for him. He got
the sedan at the same time. We love
them both. There are a couple of pet
peeves I have about the vehicle - the
blinker doesn't shut off until the
steering wheel is almost in a straigt
position and I find the windshield
wiper controls hard to maneuver - but
minor details compared to everything
else. The back seat is also a bit
tight with two car seats back there.
Not an SUV, pretty good mileage, tight
steering, quiet ride, back storage area
as large as our former SUV.
Made a mistake purchasing this vehicle.
Build quality and dealer service have
been poor. Paint had numerous small
blems. Rear hatch trim replaced
twice. Roof line trim inserts bow up.
Fully loaded highway ride not
comfortable. 1.8T slow off the line -
OK at speed. Fuel economy not great.
Tip: on your test drive set tire
to mfg spec - this dealer sets them
low to smooth out ride.
Cargo room. Visibilty. Dash layout.
Wipers very effective. Monsoon stereo.