1990 Volkswagen Passat GL Wagon 2.0 16V 4-cylinder from North America
Not worth the cost of repairs
Automatic transmission failure, particularly when hot.
Cooling system problems (in part due to after-run heat sensor being left unmounted by someone who previously worked on the car. Independent VW tech said this is a commonly forgotten item due to its placement on the rear of the valve cover bolt. Even the dealership missed this when checking the cooling system).
Ignition problems. The condition of the ignition wire that has the induction sensor on it is critical. This caused occasional engine cut-out and stumble. It looked fine, but wasn't. Ignition wires for this car are particularly expensive and must be purchased as a set.
Front wheel bearings noisy.
Delamination of rear side windows.
Power window problems, particularly rear windows.
Plastic trim likes to break.
Radio speakers buzzy or inoperative.
Good handling car for a wagon. Good brakes and overall ride feel. Not very quick.
HVAC works well. Comfortable car with lots of cargo space when the rear seat is folded down. Four people can ride comfortably.
Gas mileage is decent.
Early electronically-controlled automatic transmission is very expensive to repair - will cost more than the value of the car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd December, 2017