1998 Volkswagen Passat Consumer Review: Lovely, but troubled

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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Lovely, but troubled
By leahk on


1998 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8T Turbo 4dr Sedan


This car handled like a dream. It had great pick-up, suspension and was a blast to drive. The honeymoon, however, was short lived. It shortly became a money pit! I was only the second owner and bought it with 17,000 miles on it. The turbo quit at 70,000 miles and required $2000 to fix it in 2003. Then, the spark plug broke and fell into the piston shortly thereafter. That was another small fortune to fix. Then the cruise control worked only once in while. The transmission started cutting up and I sold it.

Best Features

The handling, the interior finish, comfortable ride for tall people. Beautiful car, very classy exterior. People loved this car.

Worst Features

Repair costs! And a turbo that can actually last the life of the engine. A new model that doesn't require premium gas. VW dealers that actually try to give customer service. The selling dealer was good, but had bad experiences in both Savannah, GA and during a visit to Los Angeles.
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