1996 Volkswagen Passat TDI 1.9 Tdi
The best long range cruiser in America
We have had to replace 2 oxidation catalysts and a window regulator more recently. Apart from routine maintainence, this car is very dear to us and would not give it up for anything.
In general, VW's dealership body in the US is poor and is the Achilles Heel of the organization. VW has tremendous products, but the dealerships can make the ownership experience quite miserable. On the other hand, if this shortcoming could be addressed it would be a huge victory for VWoA.
The overall performance envelope, fuel economy (avg. 43mpg lifetime) and carrying capacity of this car are unlike any other. We are the original owners of this diesel and value it more with every passing day. We have done some minor upgrades to the car, but it largely remains as delivered by the manufacturer.
We hope the day comes soon when we can purchase a new diesel powered wagon larger than the current offering (Jetta TDI wagon) in America...'til then we'll just keep enjoying the 1000+ mile crusing range of this excellent car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th June, 2003