1999 Volkswagen Passat Consumer Review: A real shame

1999 Volkswagen Passat - Consumer Review

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

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A real shame
By emdubs on


1999 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8T Turbo 4dr Wagon


My wife and I loved the car early on, but we really should have looked harder. I have replaced the distributor coil pack (failed on the freeway), timing belt, control arms, tie rod ends, clutch, ABS control module. VW is terrible when it comes to customer service and avoiding recalls. A quick search for ABS module will return a lengthy list of horror stories. When it works, it is a great car. The interior is efficient and comfortable (although it shakes and rattles something terrible on rough roads), and all of the extra trunk capacity is great. Especially when coupled with the fuel economy. But, in the end, it just isn't worth it.

Best Features

Fuel economy, interior design, cargo capacity

Worst Features

Use better components and build a reliable car. Believe me, I would not have bought this car had I known I'd spend > 50% of the purchase price on repairs in 3 years.
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