1992 Volkswagen Passat Variant 1.8 petrol from Germany
Exhaust was on its last legs when the car was bought - replaced for 450 euros (including cheapo new parts).
Replaced both back wheel bearings within a year of purchase (35 euros each time including cheapo parts).
Rust in the corners of all doors. Back door (5th) rusted especially badly - apparently a common problem with this model.
I purchased this car for 300 euros shortly after moving to Germany with a purpose of getting used to driving on the right-hand side of the road (lived in Australia before) and getting rid of what's left of the car a few months down the track.
Now 3 years later I am preparing for the fact that I will have to part with it shortly - there is too much rust and the mechanics "promised" me I will not pass the next TÜV/MOT/Rego/Technical in November.
Using 8-9 litres of petrol /100 kms, this car took me all over Western and Eastern Europe. I have driven it at the speeds of 175 kms/hour for over 2 hours at a time and never had any problems. Last long trip was to Slovakia - over 500 kms each way in comfort.
Huge inside, comfortable, a little bit on the ugly side, but nevertheless your best mate in any weather.
Changed oil and filters once, added oil once.
Would have driven this car for the next 5 years (despite the funny looks of many German "perfectionists") if not for the technical examination, which the car has no chance of passing.
Very popular in poorer European countries for its durability and low cost of breakage.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 18th July, 2009