Volkswagen Passat Review from United Arab Emirates

2003 Volkswagen Passat V6 full options 2.8V6

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.8V6 Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired78000 kilometres
Most recent distance92000 kilometres
Previous carJeep Grand Cherokee

Summary:

Comfortable family car with a strong engine

Faults:

Sunroof malfunction in the heat 2 times (fixed from dealer).

Interior started to unglue above right front door (fixed from dealer).

Central hand rest squeaks annoying (fixed).

Small noise from AC (fixed).

Peeling of the paint of right handle (replaced handle).

Back ashtray and lighter of this car always gets loose and pop out. I have seen several Passats with the same problem.

Leather on the seats wears too fast. Otherwise they are pretty comfortable.

CD changer sometimes malfunctions in the heat. It is during the day 45C.

Aero wipers are very bad. They are made only from rubber, so from the heat they became useless and the rubber broke. Also they are much more expensive than normal wipers.

Dealer is very very expensive.

On 91 000 km changed timing belt, oil, front brake pads... charged more than $1100. Have in mind the car is still under warranty. After warranty support, it will be a rip off

General Comments:

The car is good, interior is nice. I like it very much. It had several small problems, but nothing major. Dealer prices are letting VW down in UAE. If this can be fixed, I recommend this car to everybody who needs comfort and a strong engine. Car is 193hp, but despite this, I do not feel the pick up to be very fast. It is not a sports car anyway.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th April, 2005

7th May 2005, 23:46

Also another update. The car seat belt malfunctioned

Replaced under warranty.

Average review marks: 6.4 / 10, based on 1 review