"PROS: Performance/handling has been outstanding; no problems at all with drive train; more then enough power with 4-cyl turbo; plenty pf interior/trunk room for family & stuff; fun to drive.
CONS: More repairs & recalls then any vehicle I've owned; mostly small repairs; electrical system causes the most problems; would strongly recommend a more reliable car."
"This is my second Passat wagon. I had a 99.
Car handles extremely well, gets very good gas mileage, vey comfortable. instruments are easy to read and use. I have the 1.8 turbo and it can get and go ."
"My Passat GLS 4Motion 5 spd manual is my 4th VW. This car is the best VW that i have owned. I have had the car for 3 years and have put over 112,000 miles on my car. I have performed routine service, the timing belt (preventative), and the tires. The vehicle is a pleasure to drive, could have a little more power. It was a great buy at the time and I would recommend it to anyone."
"Interior fit and finish is far above competition. Performance is hindered by weight of the large engine and 4Motion equipment. Nice ride and handling for a medium large car with great comfort and ergonomics. Experieice with my dealership has been excellent but I hear this is not a universal trait for the VW chain."
"i had to wait a very long time to get this vehicle because i wanted a 5 speed. i have had it for 5 years now and i wouldn't have anything else. i am getting its 80k mile check up and other than some very small electric issues, there has been absolutely nothing wrong w/ this vehicle. i have been in a vw since a baby and i dont think i will ever change."