I bought my 1990 Passat for my first car, and I don't regret it. Petunia May, (her name) is an awesome highway car, but it is hard to park in tight areas. Other than that, I love it. I had to do some break repairs to it which cost an arm and a leg, but to me that is wear and tear parts. They are going to need attention one time or another in any car you buy.
The power moonroof, tilting front and back seats, roominess, handling, good gas mileage, and power on the highway.
Give it better acceleration in first gear and better wiper controls.
Three transmissions and lots of aggravation later I've finally decided to give up. No more VWs for me. That's it. A car should be built to last and not give the kind of trouble that VWs give. I'm going to get a Honda for my next vehicle. VW service was expensive and the work was not good on a number of occasions.
The best thing about VWs is their handling. If they were built better and the dealership was not so expensive they would still be only OK against the competition from Japan.
I don't think there's anything VW can do at this point to entice me back so I have no suggestions for them.
This car is been the most unreliable
car. I bought it at 85k and put on 50k.
I have spent over $13k (not counting
gas and insurance) on it. It has
stranded us 4 times. Every time I fix
something expensive, I would think, now
it will be okay for a while. It is very
expen$ive to fix, and the same things
go wrong. The automatic transmission is
terrible and it has been replaced by VW
at 50k (before I owned it) and rebuilt
by VW at 110k while I owned it. The
transmission is so bad, there are no
used ones available. The fuel pump and
pre-pump have failed at least twice
each. The power windows are weak. I
could go on all night. Stay away from
I bought my passat with 140,000 miles
on it and it was immaculate. It runs
great and nothing has gone wrong with
it yet. Great value. Front wheel drive
is great in snow and the car is
generally fun to drive with a fast yet
rock solid feel. Nice factory exhaust
tip and exhaust. Acceleration is a bit
slow, but that is expected for a car
of this size with 140 horsepower.
Super smooth ride. 110 mph feels as
smooth as 60 does. Gas mileage is
about 25 mpg. Overall, I'd reccomend
this car to anyone who wants a sporty
sedan with plenty of room to boot.
THe interior is roomy with plenty of
room to recline and drop the sttering
wheel, while saving lots of legroom
for rear passengers. Rear seats
recline, and fold down for more cargo
Power windows, locks, and power 2-way
sunroof are definately desired for
this car, but simplicity means less
things to maintain. Automatic
transmission is a bit quirky, shifts
at odd times, but that is solved by
the sport mode switch, so the engine
revvs higher before shifting.
Generally we like this car. Expensive
to repair - although once repaired it
is ok. Comfortable to drive, good
mileage, easy handling. We would not
buy another Passat because they are
simply too expensive. We know someone
who has a 1996 and they think it is a