"I bought this car 2 yrs ago with a salvage title from a yard when I had to turn in my 2008 Wrangler in to pay my child support after a bitter $150K divorce. Prior, to that it had one owner and had been sitting in the guys yard for years - it had 89K miles and it started right up. I have literally put minimal $$ into it and it has never stranded me. I am devoted to this Passat because it has gotten me through the worst patch in my life. At times it was the only reliable thing in my life."
"This 92 Passat has been in the family since 1993. Two daughters owned it before Dad bought it in 2002. It has been in Alabama, Missouri, Arkansas and now resides in Kansas. It is very fuel efficient (36 MPG Hiway)(31 city/hiway). The maintenance problems are mainly getting parts. It is a lot more expensive than my GM car when it comes to service. Biggest problem was just recently when I had to replace the balance shaft bearings, which meant pulling the engine. Put a head gasket on at the 200k mark. Exhaust is very expensive to replace. Original clutch after 251k is surprising. Overall a great car, but it is now for sale because of reliability. Can't be sure if we are going to get to final destination, some electrical issues."
"Other than everyday uptake on the car no parts were changed on it for twelve years, then things went wrong. The only problem with this car is that it could possibly clean out your bank account. My VR6 was absolutely perfect once I had finished replacing almost everything, but I know it's a good ten year investment. I plan to have this car as a daily driver for another forty years."
Cons: "Very unreliable. I lost a bunch of money on it"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"I bought the car in 2001 when it had about 90,000 miles. The heater was already broken. Next the power window broke. Then the power sunroof broke. Then other things broke. Finally the auto trans went out. I was quoted over $2,000 to replace by VW dealer. No independent shop would touch it for any price. Few shops repair VWs. I found out that VW transmissions and other parts have a reputation for being very unreliable. I've only owned Japanese cars since."
"I bought it with 134000 hoping to have it till 200K. I liked smooth ride, comfortable , well made interior. Fuel economy was 22-25mpg. I had many problems like stuck door, noisy muffler and constant lost battery charge due to poor connector in dashboard. After AC condenser started to leak at 155K I got rid off it. I thought VW was reliable but I was mistaken. Would not recommend, do not buy."
"most heavenly ride I've ever known in a car. perhaps to pay for that (?) had a number of suspension issues at the ten yr mark - axle, struts, alignment, odd noise - but other than the usual-for-Volkswagen smaller annoying stuff (sticking doors, gas cap hinge, windshield wiper alignment, stiff seat adjustment, rear window defrost failure), the Passat was a great car and very reliable for me. but gas mileage (22-25) not nearly good enough for my now-extended commute."