If Mazda made a 626 wagon . . .
By oldsport on
Vehicle1996 Volkswagen Passat GLX V6 4dr Wagon
ReviewI would be driving that. Wolfsburg could
learn a thing or two from Japan about
quality. Right off the bat, I had to
replace a rear wheel bearing, and then I
was burning O2 sensors every 6k miles.
Then I found a good independent
mechanic. The cruise control gaive up
the ghost at 60k, and the radio is about
to fall out of the dashboard. I bought
this car used from a VW dealer, and
discovered at 70k miles that the rear
axle was bent. We've got the mechanicals
sorted out, though, I'm getting about
26-27 mpg, and Autozone has oil filters
Best FeaturesThe VR6 is powerful and reliable with Plus octane. The interior is wonderfully spacious. With good tires (Dunlop Graspics), it handles securely on snow and ice. I can get around most SUVs by dropping into 3rd and nailing it.
Worst FeaturesAside from the quality issues, here are my criticsms of the design: the factory tires were too wide and noisy, and the defroster blows hot air in my face instead of on the windshield.
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