Volkswagen Sharan Review from Netherlands

1997 Volkswagen Sharan CL+ TDI 90ps

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission TDI 90ps Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance247500 kilometres


Nice if you don't drive!


* Aircon doesn't work well and smells like old shoes.

* Dynamo cracked down twice.

* Eats front tires.

* Bad interior quality, looks cheap (probably is) and is made of a poor sort of plastic.

* No powered windows; bad mirrors.

* Turbo wires replaced.

* Lots of smoke from this raw engine. Not fast at all (sounds fast).

* Gearbox problems on several occasions.

* Strange sounds come from the engine when accelerating (like being chased by a police car).

* Bad service. Bring it with a problem; get it back after a week at least one other.

* Interior lights just fall out of the sky during braking.

* Spare parts come from Wladiwostok or so. Takes 6 days to replace a clutch.

General Comments:

This car is in use as a taxi in the company I work for in Holland. From day 1 there were problems. A leather interior was fitted to it. Result: the doors wouldn't close because of too big door panels.

Several problems haunted this Sharan TDI since.

Everytime, sending it to the dealer meant missing it for days and days. By the way, all the myths about TDIs... a 90ps engine is nothing. If you have six persons on board, you have a problem if they're in a hurry.

This car is very much needed for its extra seats. Try a Vito when it goes back for eternity next October!

Some good things: nice speakers/stereo; adjustable steering wheel; eh... good view for the passengers... eh..

Bad seats (too flat); pain in all of our backs.

There is so much more! Just remember... a Sharan is nice for a family, but if real qualities are needed... take a Benz or a Volvo! Also remember that all spares (interior) come from Portugal. So take a Seat Alhambra which is the same car for a normal price.

It's a pity that Sharan 1 series was built like this. Taxi companies are in need of these cars, but improve quality with 100%!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 11th September, 2000

Average review marks: 5.2 / 10, based on 1 review