1998 Volkswagen Passat Consumer Review: Good If You Don't Keep It

1998 Volkswagen Passat - Consumer Review

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GLS 1.8T Sedan (1.8L 4-cyl. Turbo 5-speed Manual)

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Good If You Don't Keep It
By desplanes987 on


1998 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8T Turbo 4dr Wagon


My wife and I bought this car in 1998 b/c we wanted a safe vehicle for our first child. Fast forward to May 24, 2007. It now has 96,000 miles on it. It is on its 2nd factory radio, 2nd set of door locks (all replaced after 3 years). Both back doors were just partly rewired. The ignition system cost me $900 last year and now the turbo is dead ! Its $1710 total replacement cost is covered under the 10/100 warranty. Lucky! Overall, I don't recommend the car. Unless I have $20K to throw away every 2 years on a fresh Audi or VW, I won't ever buy one again.

Best Features

Handling, handling, handling. It's a joy to drive. Our car has the tiptronic transmission and it works very well. I still prefer a manual because it is simple and immediately responsive.

Worst Features

Most were covered in succeeding model years. Most problems are electrically related.
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