This is my 4th VW. I had two '87 Jettas (one was replaced after having been totaled), and a 1999 Passat wagon that I bought used. The '99 was the BEST, lowest maintenance car that I have ever owned. I bought the 2004 Passat Wagon because they were offering 0% interest. I thought I was doing right to get a brand new car for a lower payment. I regret it now. In 2010, I spent close to $3,000 on this car for crazy repairs, along with other repairs that were under warranty or recalls, but still required the inconvenience of taking it in. Right now it is in the shop again to the tune of $1,000. I've filed a claim with VW Customer Care. It's a lemon!
I bought this car in July of 2004. The car was great until the winter came and it got cold. When it got below -20 C the car would not start. VW had such confidence it would start at this and colder temperatures that at the time it did not make a block heater for the car. Big mistake. The car was unreliable and has left me stranded several days in a row when it was cold and would not start. I since got rid of it and bought a Subaru. I will never buy a diesel car again in an area where it gets below - 20 C. This car is for only 3 seasons and not four. I have since read that VW has had numerous complaints about cold temperature starting problems.There now is a recall in effect for the fuel pump.
My experience with Passat starts in
1999 with wagon 1,9L TDI with 110Hp, M
5 gear, after that i had the sedan too,
with same motor. A few mounths ago, i
change them for a new wagon passat 1,9L
TDI but 6 M gear and 130HP and the
sedan is now the Audi A4 with same
motor. I like very much Passat, the
price in Portugal is fair, about 35000
USD with taxes, for a confortable,
reliable, economic and prestige brand
car. I've never drive an automatic
passat, i supposed its not so
emotional. Comparing with A4, in
Portugal we pay more 5000 USD, wich i
think it don't worth, despite A4 being
one of the most beatifull car in the
The car seems to be nice at first when you get it but after a while everything needs to be fixed on it. Even the oil change on it is $90. Its fairly new and i have put over 10,000 in repairs into it. Whatever you do DO NOT BUY A VW!!!!!! I also no people who have sold theirs for better cars since they had to go to the dealer every other week. Just to replace the air filter which is custom ordered it 75 you cant by the filter at walmart. I will never own a VW again and i encourage all of you not to even look at one. They might get excellent gas mileage but the money youll save you will spend fixing it. Then all the dealers want to run diagnostics every time which is 75. DONT BUY A VW!!
Buying the diesel was the best thing
that i could do. I have a dodge ram
with a Hemi with $ 800 per month fuel
bills. now i spend about 200 USd per
month. The car is for my wife but its
really the only vehicle we use. m
consistant fuel miles are averageing
32-33 MPG city and highway. at 85 mph
i get about 32 mpg. If you keep it to
75-78 mpg you will get 38-39 mpg with
the AC running. The engine noise is
strong in the first 2000 miles but
then it really smoothens out. Diesels
are meant to be driven, so if you keep
it in the garage, buy a gas engine.
There is a big of a turbo lag below
1500 RPM but once you pass the lag the
power is great.