2001 Volkswagen Passat Consumer Review: Money pit

2001 Volkswagen Passat - Consumer Review

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

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Money pit
By learnedmylesson on


2001 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8T 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


This was my first "new" car. Had been driving a 93 Buick LeSabre with 100k+ miles that never gave me a problem. Bought the wagon in May '07 for $10,900 w/ 62k miles and spent $4,815.04 in 2008 on repairs ($391 so far in '09). I've lost track of all the issues I've had. Every time I go to the mechanic I ask "what am I doing wrong" the answer is always "it's not you it's the car, it's a VW." To name a few: Catalytic converter, 3 recalls, front pipe leak, and after a day of heavy rain the electrical unit died.

Best Features

Heated seats are lovely and the car is comfortable.

Worst Features

If you want to spend $92/hr in labor alone on a vehicle that has 'issues' every other month then by all means buy a VW.
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