1992 Volkswagen Passat Consumer Review: Unfit for the US

1992 Volkswagen Passat - Consumer Review

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GL Wagon (2.0L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Reliability Value
Unfit for the US
By Roger on


1992 Volkswagen Passat GL 4dr Wagon


Mine was a wagon with the 5-spd manual. Drove it a lot. The fan relays blew out every 18 months, the muffler cost $600 and had to be replaced even if you just needed the pipe done, and they wanted to swap the steering rack too, not just the entire front end. It was cheaper to just buy new tires every year. The drivetrain became misaligned, creating an interesting dogleg in the shift pattern. It decided it had had enough of Cleveland and just started to fall apart at age 8. Wax sealant dripped out of every orifice during summer months.

Best Features

Great interior space for the footprint. True flat load surface with back seat down, fits an 8-foot ladder. Got 35mpg highway. Comfortable seats all around.

Worst Features

Moot point. Should have undergone endurance testing on Cleveland roads prior to introduction, not just German Autobahn. Front-end styling only a mother could love.
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