Worst car experience ever. Bought a 2004 passat wagon 1/1/2010. Had 60K miles. Every month or two, I had to put it in the shop. Brakes, belts, engine coils, thermostat, both front axels, airflow sensor, a/c unit, etc... all had to be replaced over the 10 months I owned it. Thank goodness I was able to get rid of it before the other well known things go wrong. I got rid of it at 74K miles... heard about the turbos in these cars going out, timing belt, etc.... never again.
When a car is not reliable and is always having issues, it makes the rest of the car not enjoyable
Bought my car as a certified used in 2008.
Of all the vehicles I've ever owned... this one has left me stranded on the side of the road the most.
It doesn't even matter if it's not a major issue, it costs a TON to fix.
It cost me $960 to put in a fuel pump!
Six days after I gave birth to my son, it left us both stranded on the side of the road when leaving his dr appt due to the ignition coils... a recall that happened years before I bought it certified used-- but they didn't bother to replace it before selling it to me.
I have spent far more than this vehicle is worth on the constant repairs.
Can't wait to sell it!
Never will buy another VW.
Specialized everything... total hassle!
Guess its fun to drive... when I can actually drive it.
Which is rare because it's broke down constantly!
No more specialized parts!
It's ridiculously expensive to fix which is not a good combination given that they are very prone to breaking down.
Even the antifreeze is $24!
The parts are expensive, they are difficult to work on unless you take it to the stealership and no joke-- every time I walk in there, they want me to put $3000 MORE into the car that has already cost me thousands already plus the 14k I paid for it certified.
I hate this car.
It's the most unreliable vehicle I've ever owned.
Not unless your family likes walkin'.
I owned a VW Scirocco back in the early 90s and it was an unbelievable piece of $#%@. Literally, every three months it had to go in the shop. Several years later I thought I would give VW another chance and bought a Jetta. I thought the Scirocco was a piece of $#$%. This car made the Scirocco look reliable. I told myself I would never buy VW again. Well my daughter last year kept bugging and bugging me to buy her a Passat. Jeeze, I didn't think it was possible but this car was worse than my first two VWs. I've only owned three VWs in my life and they were ALL terrible. Please take my advice...DO NOT BUY ONE!
It becomes a great conversation piece when I tell people about how crappy VWs are.
These cars should come with the phone numbers of all your local scrap yards.
Bought our wagon with about 24k on it, it now has 56k and we've had 32k problem free miles. We were looking to replace it just to get something newer but realized that was pretty unnecessary. Nothing except a newer Passat wagon has the same space with the same features. It's not a performance machine but does nicely on the freeway and twisty roads.
We bought this car new in 2004. It has served our needs very well. We have taken it on many long trips comfortably where we were able to get over 30 mpg on the highway traveling between 70 and 80 mph. The interior is very well appointed and durable. The heated seats are great. There have been no major mechanical issues, now at 55,000 miles, the car looks and rides like new. Handling is far superior to Toyota. It is very similar in ride to my BMW. Highly recommend.
Handling, Gas mileage, interior, wagon configuration