"I bought my Passat Wagon in 1988 as I had just retired and my yearly mileage went from 50K+ down to under 7K. Most of which was city driving mainly carrying my two dogs. The 2L turbo is not the most fuel efficient for the type of city driving I do (average 19mpg of premium)but longer trips gave me more than 28+ mpg. It is surprisingly sporty and will cruise at 80+ (if you are not careful). This the longest I have kept a vehicle and it has never let me down. One of the most reliable vehicles I have ever owned.I service it every 6 months, it neither leaks oil nor uses oil between services.
I would confidently recommend this car to anyone. It has the added advantage of an electronic parking brake which will hold the car on any hill and release with the touch of the accelerator, has and excellent and fast AC / heating system and heated seats.(The driver's seat also warms your back)"
"Interior held up pretty well and car is pretty quick with the turbo but constant repairs over the entire ownership of the car were very costly and annoying. Dash lights coming on constantly. Never ever will I buy another VW product."
"I have owned this car since new and the quality, power, handling have exceed my expectations. I am trading my VW in on an Audi, and am going to be sorry to let it go. No issues with reliability, comfortable, and a great daily driver."
"First VW I've ever owned, and I'm not sure I can ever buy Japanese or American again. Car has very nice "feel" for the road, especially on highway, where it will cruise serenely at 90 mph. I regularly drive 100+ miles, and it's the most comfortable car I've driven, makes traffic seem less bothersome. Interior is absolutely first-class, a real European luxury automobile (I have the highest trim level w wood accents). Lots of smart design touches and amenities. A very upscale car. Reliability has been OK, but repairs can get expensive. I purchased as pre-owned certified w 30K on it, and now have over 90K, just beginning to experience some repair costs, ouch, but still love to drive this car."
"I am really satisfied with my Passat 3.6 4 Motion wagon but the repair work is quite expensive. For example, a new headlight will cost around $425 installed at a dealer (they told me the front bumper had to be removed) but around $225 at a certified shop (they did not have to remove the front bumper so go figure that out) which was quite surprising to me. I have the lower profile version with oversize wide tires and the car handles like an expensive European sedan car. I am also impressed with the great acceleration. On a side note, I have never used the paddle shifters or Triptronic and I am not sure why both had to be installed. As for the interior, I have not had any issues at all so far but for the exterior, the rims seem to ding and scratch fairly easily. Be careful with the low profile front end because scraping curb parking bumpers can be an issue"