"had one - cost over 15k in repairs for a car that did not make 100,000 miles. Nice car when working but expensive to fix.
For example, changing the timing belt & water cooler was quoted at $1800 due to the design of the car (it is a day & half job)
I had the identical job done on a 1995 Camry for $580"
"I own a '99 Passat V6 2.8L manual sedan and am very satisfied with it. Power and acceleration is great. I had only 2 "major" repairs; timing belt and 60k miles service (expensive at VW dealer repair dept). I skipped 30k and 90k service. I change oil every 5k, replaced brake pads, battery and tires once. It's now at 110k and still running like as i bought it in 1999!"
"I have had this car since 2002. I bought it with 30k miles on it and it now has 140k miles. It was great until it approached 100k miles. Since then it has been one problem after another. The 2000 is just not a long term keeper. Do not buy a used one unless you really love it and don't mind pouring money into it."
"I've just hit the 80,000 miles mark and thought retrospectively about the car.
Just as I said, the car behaved better than I would have expected 8 years ago when I bought it brand new.
Never let me down, though I have to mention the following:
- rear brake pads&rotors replaced twice (40k+75k);
- battery replaced twice
- tires replaced once (I had the original Contis
- front wheel boots replaced 65k;
- vacuum pump replaced 60k;
- engine seals replaced 50k (V6 engine).
Rock solid car, but getting bored and think about replacing it with an A6."
"I bought a 2000 VW Passat at 55,000. I has been wonderful to drive. I love the way it picks up so quickly and the handling is excellent. I have had a few EXPENSIVE repairs done though. Because many mechanics will not work on VW's, it makes it easy for the ones that do to charge a great deal. If you luck out and don't have any mechanical issues, the car is a joy. If you are not so lucky like me, it can be rough on the finances."