Reliable and comfortable
Nearside front wheel bearings needed renewing on purchase.
Air conditioning compressor.
Driver's heated seat no longer works.
Flexible brake hoses have needed renewing (is this an MOT rip-off?)
Most recently has started to stall when cold.
I switched to Audi 100s when it became impossible to find rust-free Passats (Audis are galvanised, so no rot). So far I've bought 4, all autos, and currently own 3. 2 have the 5 cylinder engine which just goes on forever (well the furtherest I've go to is 160,000 when the rings went in one cylinder - the car ran OK, but failed its emissions test).
Watch out for lubricant loss in the final drive and over heating in the auto box. The final drive is a bugger to get to check. I recommend changing the auto box oil every 10K after 100K (don't change the filter).
If anyone has any advice on the cold start problem (poor starting is a characteristic of the VW 5 cylinder) then I'd be pleased to hear.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th June, 2002