"Bought my 98 Passat used with 56K miles on it 5 yrs ago at the recommendation of an auto-buff friend. The only complaint was that the oil pump is difficult to get to and cost $1k to replace a $50 part. It now has 127k and going strong, though some of the fabric upholstery is going. VW got it right with this model and this year."
"I have owned VW's since the seventies and after some aftermarket addons this is the best VW I have owned.
All day comfort and a mile eater I have loved it since I bought it 7 years ago and will ocntinue for years to come."
"I would recomend a Volkswagon Passat to anyone, especially women because they are so reliable, FANTASTIC gas mileage, and also they are great for road trips, comfy and the longevity is everlasting! They look good too."
"Folks, the 1999 model year is tough to kill. Other model years are not as reliable but for whatever reason 99 was a very good year.
I have the 1.8L 4-cyl. 5-spd manual with leather interior. 84,000 miles but you'd never know by looking at it.
Handles great, good acceleration after the normal turbo lag - just an incredibly fun car to drive and comfortable too.
Did I mention I get 34mpg on the highway? Yeah, no kidding.
With so many Audi A4 components where it matters, this car it should hold up well for the long-haul.
Other than normal wear & tear items, I've had to do the following:
New front bearings: $1,400 installed
New computer module: $400
Radio (AM broke): $0 only cuz "i don't do AM" anyway. FM still works fine
Enjoy some real Fahrvergnugen with this one"
"This car seems to be the happy medium that one always looks in a car. This car is good looking and has style, and without a doubt should be considered a luxuxry vehicle. For the money, one can't find such accoutrements. Performance is good, quality is good. This car has more bang for your buch than any other i have owned."
"I BOUGHT THIS CAR NEW AND IT HAS PROVEN TO BE VERRY RELIABLE.I RECENTLY BOUGHT A NEW MAZDA 3 FOR THE WIFE AND MY VW DRIVES JUST AS NICE AS HER NEW CAR. I WANT TO GET THE NEW MODEL BUT MY PASSAT DOSENT WEAR OUT.ONE NOTE NEVER USE REPLACEMENT BODY PARTS FOR THIS CAR THEY NEVER FIT RITE."
"A fun to drive, small yet luxuruious with a smooth yet gutsy powertrain. Handles well without sacrificing comfort. More expensive than Honda, Toyota or Nissan, but a definate upgrade. This car shows the quality of what German engineering has been noted for. No, I do not want to sell it! Im often asked.
The only nuiance I have is, as with all turbo aspirated engines, is the "turbo lag". Just something you get used to."
"Between my husband and me, we've owned 10 cars, and I've driven dozens of others. The Passat with the V6 engine is still my favorite car. It is very fast, spacious, has lots options and upgrades that even my brand new 2007 luxury vehicle didn't think of. The 2001 has a good repair record and my car has only had one or two small problems. Nothing major at all. The Passat is a great car!"
"We really like our Passat wagon. Our 1.8 turbo is not super zippy but does well enough and saves on gas. We've had a bunch of small fixes (e.g. power window, a door lock, back wiper), but no major fixes and we are at over 110K."