This was my first new car purchase.
I've always wanted a VW. In 1995 this
car offered the most features for the
money of any comparable vehicle, bar
none. I've had much pleasure driving it
and will continue to do so indefinitely,
especially considering its ridiculously
low resale value.
BTW: What's with everyone dogging the
cup holders? (Even Consumer Reports
didn't like them in 1995.) You guys are
crazy. The cup holders are one of its
best features. They're perfectly
positioned and can hold a great range of
sizes and shapes, including a regular
sized coffee mug if you fold the neck
brace down and use only the nonslip base.
Solid feel, superb paint quality (still
shines like new), comfortable seats
(even on long trips), cup holders,
multi-function computer, German engineering
More power (lethargic starting out in
1st with passengers and A/C on)
owned the car for eight years; driven
130000+km; I absolutely love the car;
however, every time I take it to the
dealers for maintenance, it's costing
me an arm and a leg. I have
experienced a worn wheel bearing, oil
filter seal leak, ignition firing
system replacement, etc. Contrary to
what other reviewers have claimed, I
don't have much electrical problems.
Anyways, this car corners like it's on
rails, especially if you fix the "toe"
to all 4 wheels. This car is not very
suitable for cold weather. The door,
its windows, and the lock freeze. It's
very important not to wash the car
Features are just features. One grows
out of fancy options. The best thing
is the drivetrain, extremely
responsive, and highway acceleration is
lowering of cost repairs. If the car
breaks down with major problem, I'd be
in a world of pain.
I bought my 1995 Passat Wagon GLX in
June of 2002 for $6000, with 100K.
Soon after buying the car, the
automatic transmission began to fail.
The dealer wants $5600 to fix the
transmission, and almost no other
transmission repair shop will touch the
car. Finding a used transmission is
next to impossible. Other expensive
items that I need to fix include struts
($1000) and trunk latch ($400). From
my research, this car is more expensive
to repair than a BMW. The cost of
maintaining the car exceeds the value.
Buy this car and you are asking for a
headache and an empty wallet!
Have had NO engine problems - everyone
always tells me the car looks only a
couple yrs. old at most - partly due
to great quality paint (and my
upkeep) - Excellent gas mileage -
never broken down on me once - I am
trading it in soon to get a new car
because this 1 is going on 8 yrs. old,
but I have LOVED it!
Great handling esp. in turns, Quality
material inside and out, Excellent
acceleration when needed