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By johnwouters on
2004 Volkswagen Passat GL 1.8T Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5A)
selected this model for price,style and fuel economy 4cylinder. after 2weeks you get a letter notifying you of the 4cyl engines problems with oil clogging. whats good is you are covered by and 8yr unlimited mileage transferrable warranty for this problem. whats bad is the need to use synthetic oil at scheduled oil changes (double the price) and the need to maintain documentation of all services should this problem arise. this was a disappointment for me becuase i think a 4cylinder engine should provide the lowest maintenance costs. i am averaging 24 mpg over 5000 miles. the car so far has been enjoyable, but i am coming off an acura tl
Favorite Features
extra space in the back. the engine is peppy. the ride is very solid, 90mph is very comfortable. i like the styling as well.
Suggested Improvements
engine oil must be synthetic $65 or oil change. other comparisons are unfair since my last car was acura tl. i am definitely disappointed with paint quality, much easier to scratch than other cars i've had. electronically adjusting seats are not available on 4cyl.
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