1991 Volkswagen Passat GT 2.0 16v petrol from UK and Ireland
Excellent retro VW
Coolant leak, and thermostat, repaired fairly cheap.
Oil pump and sump replaced, probably the most expensive thing.
Light switch broke - a real pain as it happened at night-time.
Erratic idle traced to small fuel leak, fixed by a mechanic at a service for a small fee.
Not much more other than general wear and tear - cam belt, oil changes, tyres and so on.
A car I bought years ago, but was one of my first, and apart from that oil pump listed above in the faults, it never let me down, and I don't think it was taken care of by the previous owner. It had missed some oil changes and was likely driven hard.
When I acquired the car however it got the care and attention it needed and was also driven correctly; the odd fast overtake for fun was about as hard as it got driven after repairs. The GT Passat model was the best you could get before the VR6 came along, and it was fast enough with plenty of power while doing around 37 MPG; can't say fairer than that for an early 90s car. Gear change was very tight and felt more fun than it should have been; a lot of reviews for this car when it was new said it was dull to drive, but I beg to differ, I found it a better drive than similar cars at the time. Could easily give your average family or even executive car run for its money in regards to refinement.
Comfort was a huge plus as well, lots of electric equipment and comfortable seats. Solid interior, which VW was famous for build quality - nothing broke apart from that light switch, but it was a rather silly design being a 2 stage press button rather than a disc that you turn on other cars. On the outside the car looked great with two tone grey and black styling colours, which were really an 80s thing, but it suited this car well along with its flat five spoke alloy wheels. Saloon model had a huge boot space and a cool looking but rather unnecessary rear spoiler.
When the car was 15 years old, I sold it to a friend for small amount of cash considering the mileage was getting close to 170K and it was not worth much by then. It was a popular car in the UK throughout the 1990s, and to conclude I would love another but GT models are rare - most were the basic CL or GL models back then and you saw lots of them about. But no one noticed this car as it was overshadowed by its smaller brother the Golf GTi - also an excellent car, but the Passat it worth a look if you want a retro VW that's a bit different.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th August, 2017