"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"