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Keep it simple
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By kathonic
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1999 Volkswagen Passat GLS V6 4dr Sedan


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I purchased mine with 190,000 miles prominently interstate and highway mileage. The car is lumbering around town, but can really move when you need it to (I've already avoided a few accidents because of it). Mechanically everything is easy to replace yourself, and often much cheaper as well, so if your considering the
5-speed V6 I would definitely invest in as much repair materials as you can. If you're good at basic repairs and replacement this car responds well to them. A word of warning however, do NOT skimp on seals and gaskets, make sure they are in good order before buying this car, because they have the most potential to do the greatest harm.


Best Features

Visibility: If there's one thing I can appreciate is not having to make crazy head movements to check my lanes. Clear sight-lines on all sides and lofty headroom in front and back (based on my 6'4 height). The adjustable height on the seats is very helpful. Stability: I've had to drive in a few severe storms recently with flooding and slick roads this car sticks to the pavement, it can also turn much tighter then I can handle. Trunk space and rear leg room are a big plus as well. It is a good traveling car granted you keep the maintenance up to date.


Worst Features

Engine accessibility is cramped, to change something as simple as spark plugs you must remove the intake line (MAF included) and expansion reservoir in order to reach plug 3 and 6, this also goes for the PCV system. There is plenty of room under the hood so there's no excuse for the odd placement of some of these parts. Better insulation for electronics around the block, some of the plug wires and sensors run directly across the top of the block which averages 190+ degrees at OT. Lots of very loose stripping on multiple wiring harnesses.


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DO NOT PURCHASE THIS CAR
4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By xoirishlollyxo
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1999 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8T Turbo 4dr Sedan


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Since purchasing this car three years ago I have had nothing but problems. I had to replace the clutch @ 110k, the automatic locks stopped working and worst of all-it started to flood and no one can figure where out it's coming from! So poorly designed they have the comfort control module under the drivers feet, obviously where water can get into if the car is leaking. Water has gotten into the comfort control and has effected the entire performance of the car and it stopped starting. I had to pay $2k to have the module completely redone and found out the passats have a problem with leaking through the sunroof! These repairs should have been covered as it is obviously a manufacture defect!


Best Features

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Worst Features

Correct leaking of water into the car, do not put something that controls so many aspects of the cars functionality where it could potentially get wet (duh!)


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Never again!
7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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By 0osarahhh
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1999 Volkswagen Passat GLX V6 4dr Sedan


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I've had this car for about 5 months and already cannot afford the up keep!
I paid $4000 for it, and have put about $2000 into it now.
First I had to replace front brake hoses, right and left control arms, then the thermostat went, now I have oil leaking and a major electrical system problem. Never again will I buy another Volkswagen.


Best Features

The update features it has for being only a 99.


Worst Features

A lot, for as much as people pay for the vehicle, the parts could be a lot better quality.


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don't be a victim of the dealer
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By keith_g
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1999 Volkswagen Passat GLX V6 4dr Sedan


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Like many I have been told for years to stay away from German cars.
However my average repair on an American car was always $750. So how bad could it be?
I bought a 99 V6 Passat in Nov of 07 with 112K on it.
I was the 3rd owner.
I have had to fix the ECU, Control Arm and Power steering pump.
But with the car this age and miles that did not seem bad to me.
Also, if you have a German car and you need a part!
LOOK ON LINE for it and save!
Example, the ECU “traction control computer” dealer and private shop cost, 1K4-1.5K$.
To buy new with 1 year warrantee, “600$”.
To take it out myself, have it sent to a company that fixes it and ships it back with a 3 year warrantee, “$168.00” DO YOU SEE MY POINT!
I would trust this car to get into it right now and drive to Alaska!
Love it!
Get the 2.8


Best Features

Heated leather seats so nice! Auto Slap Stick is Fun to drive! Very Big Trunk! Get the 2.8 over the 1.8. The car pulls like mad when you floor it!


Worst Features

The oil dip stick needs to be higher and no sealed trannsmission any more!


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99 passat dont buy a used one!!!
1 of 8 people found this review helpful
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By nay92
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1999 Volkswagen Passat GLS V6 4dr Sedan


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soooo i purchased this car with a little over 160,000 on it from ..this is the worst car by far to buy. only way i would ever buy this car again is it its complelty NEW..matienance on this car is soooooo high its crazy. i bought it for $3,250 and put more money into this car then what i bought it for...replaced both catalytic convertors ..o2 sensors.. coil packs...motor mounts..new tires...etc..it was misfiring its just ridiouls when they say everything thing that looks good isnt they are not lying!! just dont buy a used one dont even waste your money...the man that worked on my car said dont ever buy a foreign car over 100,000 miles because you will have to get everything replaced !!


Best Features

the interior was nice and the way it looks thats it!


Worst Features

cheaper parts..this is NOT a low matinance car.. you need money to drive this when one thing goes bad or breaks its like follow the leader then the next thing goes bad!


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