Coolant Fan blew.
Head gasket blew.
Fuel sending unit failed.
Catalytic converter plugged.
This car robbed me of all my money. I bought this car because I loved the drive of it, and don't get me wrong, this car handled extremely well. Nice brakes, nice suspension, firm gripping tires. I thought that I would fix it a BIT and drive it for a long time.
Well, after a year and change worth of ownership, I couldn't take it anymore. I couldn't trade it in because the VW dealership said that they won't accept any Passats of that gender due to the sad reports on them, I couldn't sell it, so after putting over 5k on repairs alone, I called a junkyard to take it away. It was running, but one of the valves were going in it. I didn't want to see it in my driveway anymore.
Too bad about it all you know, I starved, didn't buy new clothes, or even go out to nice dinners, because my car drained my bank account.
I now have a Honda Civic which is far less a maintenance pig, and much cheaper to get repaired, and it actually looks quite nice to see a car in my driveway that I own, instead of a rental car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 8th February, 2003