1992 Volkswagen Passat 2.0 from North America

Summary:

Very fast and fun car

Faults:

Air Conditioner- 180000.

Motor mounts-182000.

Head cracked at 276000.

Many other minor repairs that I can't recall.

General Comments:

This was a great car! It handled very well with its German engineered steering. It could corner any curve. It also was very fast with great Acceleration. When I worked this car took a beating because I drove it all the time. The seating is overall comfortable, but the seats are kind of firm. It started to go downhill once it hit around 200000 miles. Around 272000 it started trying to overheat all the time. By 27600, it finally just quit with what I think was a cracked head.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th April, 2006

1992 Volkswagen Passat GT 2.0 mono injection from Lithuania

Summary:

Very capacitive family car, and one of the cheapest cars to maintain

Faults:

Engine: the only thing I had to replace was pistons' rubber bands (which cost $10, and $30 to replace) (in VW service it would cost $120 rubber bands, and $100 to replace). So VW dealers are poor at their service.

Some minor suspension tweaks, and maintenance. General to all cars over 10 years.

Clutch fluid cylinder broke. The one above the transmission box. (at 194k km).

Finally fluids from the steering system started to leak, due to some wear outs of the whole system.

General Comments:

Extremely capacitive family car. But it was not for me, a 20 years old guy, with one girlfriend.

Good on road and off road.

Suspension is wacky, good at huge bumps, but very poor at small road changes, and small bumps. Very poor handling at sporty driving (have in mind it GT variant).

Impressive torque (1st and 2nd gear), with average fuel consumption.

The interior would rattle all the time, so it is really not stereo friendly. Also noise level are high, both from road and the engine.

The car had very comfortable seating, load of room for all passengers. Also huge trunk. However for long distances it is noisy and has poor suspension (but this might be my car specific, even though shock absorbers worked well).

And the car is extremely cheap to maintain. Parts are cheaper than cheap, plus you can find them everywhere.

Another thing, if you know how to maintain and repair your bike, you can do it with this car. It is so simple, and easy, you can do the maintenance, and parts replacement on your own.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th March, 2006

1992 Volkswagen Passat GL 2.0L DOHC 16v from North America

Summary:

A high performance car for a lot of money

Faults:

When I first purchased this car it had been in an accident. Thus some of these problems have merit.

Parts to replace from the accident. $600.

8 alternator belts due to bent pulley from accident. $10 per belt.

A down pipe replacement. $100.

5 muffler repairs. $50 per visit.

Fuel pump needed replacing along with fuel filter. $560.

Fourth pair of tires. $80 per tire.

Paint Job due to two tone paint from accident. $350.

Brakes have gone out on it a total of 5 times. It needed a caliper or two every time. At least $125 every time. And they still don't work right.

The wheels need alignment again. $20.

Ignition switch needed replacing. $150.

Fuel injector needed cleaning and adjusting. $160.

Several Other repairs needed to be made.

General Comments:

I think that this car is a good one when running, but much too expensive for a college student who needs to save money not spend it.

The car runs like a dream other than the brakes which need to be pumped and I'm told that are a particular problem on this car.

This car has tons of pep to it and can peel out in second gear. I've clocked the 0-60 time, but can't remember what it was. This car is high on torque and could probably burn out for a minute or two straight! I've smoked kids with engines twice what mine was and haven't lost yet!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th April, 2004