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By mamasita on Monday, September 23, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 112,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I love this car.... best car I've ever had!!!!"
2 people out of 2 found this review helpful
By NPars458 on Wednesday, August 28, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "very comfortable, handles well, stylish,"
Cons: "the occasional walloping of a repair bill"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I've owned my Passat for 13+ years now, and I still love it. I hope it keeps going for another 13+. For this car, it seems that people generally get either a very reliable one or a complete lemon. Thankfully I apparently bought one of the reliable ones. I have the V6 engine, and I've had only one massive repair bill at around 70k, when when the car died when oil leaked through the valve gaskets and flooded the spark plugs, plus I also then replaced the timing belt, water pump, etc (its a single package). Audi V6s get the same issue with leaky gaskets. Otherwise, besides a few minor-ish things through the years, like the O2 sensor, ball joints, both front turn signals falling out(!), and routine maintenance, I really haven't had any issues or complaints. The car handles great and is fun to drive, and can take turns fast when downshifting into them. I still get up to 31mpg on the freeway, and about 22ish city. It's important on these engines to use premium gas, or else they can get damaged with a sludgy buildup. The interior is comfortable and classy with wood trim and leather and nice textured materials, and has held up well. Granted, I'm very gentle on it, and give it a full detailing each year. I keep the car pretty immaculate, and it still looks like new, inside and out. The styling was really ahead of its time, and for a 14yr old car it looks amazingly not-outdated, and some of my less car-savvy friends guess it's only 4-5 years old. For the price that these can be found for nowadays, and if you can find one of the well cared for and reliable ones, it's really a great value."
10 people out of 11 found this review helpful
By nizzle on Friday, July 05, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 185,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "fast, good on gas, reliable, big cargo, family car"
Cons: "interior design could have been better"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"i bought this car for $3,000. it had some high miles on it and it wasn't really taken care of very well, but it was a great buy. i had to fix a few things but overall, it's very reliable and comfortable. there are a few interior inconveniences like cup holder placements, but i love my car!"
8 people out of 8 found this review helpful
By Marko on Saturday, May 18, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 187,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Not boring, fully loaded with options, comfortable"
Cons: "High Maintenance, High parts cost, headache"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"When you buy a vw/audi you should know the parts aren't cheap if you choose the dealer, whether its you having to buy the part that day (no choice online takes times) or you need to have them service something no other shop can, its pricey. I cannot complain about anything else minus the stuff that breaks on these cars it is all the same stuff very common problems. Valve cover gaskets, mass air flow sensors, axles, ripped leather seats, vacuum hoses, secondary airpumps, on audi a4/passat 1.8T's the way the oil pan is you have to change the oil pickup tube (take off the oil pan) because the netting in there gets sludged up over time etc. The car is an excellent daily driver, it has plenty of pick up, comfortable (when axles, control arms, tie rods, spring and struts are okay) plus has appeal past a boring accord or camry. They might be more reliable but to me they are boring. The passat is for a person who does not mind tinkering here and there when they have an issue that pops up randomly because it will. Any vw/audi is like that in my opinion from 96+ a4 a6 a8 passat jetta gti golf etc. The car will not be afraid to give you christmas lights on the dash board for the smallest issue and it might not even be what you think. For an automatic sometimes you might feel like your transmission is bad, but its just a bad mass air flow sensor instead. My personal vehicle is in great shape, sounds healthy even at high mileage. You do the maintenance, they run forever. It has leather, heated seats, sunroof, power windows, locks, cruise control and the manual transmission gives the car more flare and life. Already have taken care of some of the common issues with these cars so mines decent."
11 people out of 11 found this review helpful
By Rembrandt on Friday, April 26, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 193,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"After 13 years and a 193000 miles, still getting 30 mpg and haven't endured any major maintenance or repair costs. Body still in great shape, no rust . Couldn't be happier with the car's overall performance over the years. A couple of not so great points would be the placement of the cup holders , near the gearshift and the length of time it takes for the car to cool off in the summer and warm in the winter."
3 people out of 3 found this review helpful