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


A high performance car for a lot of money


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

1992 Volkswagen Passat GL 2.0L 16v from North America




The car had a bad distributor before I even drove it.

The drivers door switch caused undesired operation of automatic seat belts.

General Comments:

I think it is a great reliable car. I have not had any further problems with it.

It gets out of it's own way and gets exceptional fuel mileage.

And it also handles and rides very well and sturdy, even at higher speeds. A true autobahn cruiser.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th March, 2004

1992 Volkswagen Passat GL estate 2.0i from UK and Ireland


An excellent machine


Nothing so far.

General Comments:

This is my second Passat estate. My previous Passat was one year older, but had served me well for 7 years and was a very reliable car.

I replaced it with this one which I had managed to find, with a genuinely low mileage. I am very fond of this car. I have just returned from a holiday in Europe where the car behaved faultlessly over several thousand miles, and transported myself my wife and three children in great comfort and with very good fuel economy c.39 m.p.g. (over a long distance).

It is a very stable and satisfying car to drive on the European motorways.

Moreover, the car itself is in very good condition considering its age. The bodywork is very solid, with very little evidence of rust.

I expect that it will continue to perform well for many years as borne out by my experience of my previous Passat (162,000 miles and going strong when I sold it). Friends of mine have had these cars with similar ages and mileages, with similar experience of their cars' reliability.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd August, 2002

18th Jul 2006, 04:28

I have now owned this vehicle for 4 years and have added c.50,000 miles to the total. In that time I have had to have the following repairs (a) ecu replacement, (b) ABS sensor, (c) ignition switch, (d) battery & a couple of consumables e.g. tyres, exhausts etc. Items (a), (b) & (c) have set me back just over £400 including labour. The car regularly sails through the M.O.T. test with no additional work being necessary.

When I think of the amount of money I could have lost through the depreciation of a newer vehicle, I consider myself very fortunate to have invested in this vehicle.

1992 Volkswagen Passat CL 1.6 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


A good workhorse


Bought with a electrical fault on the instrument panel e. g. No fuel or temperature gauges working. Intermittent fault. Rectified by a new printed circuit. Now known to be a common fault. Cost of part only. three years ago. £275-00.

Unable to leave vehicle for more than two days without returning to find a flat battery. After hours of investigation and many months later. The fault was found in the central locking. Another intermittent fault which activated the central locking from time to time and therefore discharging the battery.

An engine oil leak from the rear main seal behind the flywheel which has leaked for years.

General Comments:

A solid dependable car and very roomy, plus a large boot.

A very good tow car, low geared.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 19th January, 2002