2003 Volkswagen Passat TDI Highline 1.9 TDI
A reliable and sturdy rep mobile - does what is says on the can!
- Door opening joints becoming loose and weak.
- At -8°C a click can be heard from the rear right, possibly handbrake seizure - not sure!
Apart from the two minor irritations, the car has performed reliably over the past 20,000 km's.
Driving position is not to my liking, I am 6ft3, I like to sit high - if I do, my knees are in the way of the wheel. If I sit low I feel very short and my sight is impaired (slightly)...the leather seats are very uncomfortable, the lower back region is very hard - even lumbar adjust does not correct this - a pain as I travel a lot.
The car is not quick, it only has the smaller 100ps TDI engine, but to be fair it feels well planted on the motorway at 140km/h, more so than the new 06 edition VW Passat with 150ps I recently hired.
The steering is a bit vague compared to the Mondeo I hired too, at 180km/h (vmax) it feels a bit light and and floaty - but at that speeds I would guess the suspension geometry would also need changing to accommodate.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd February, 2006