1993 Volkswagen Passat GL 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland
Headlight switch faulty - replaced and fitted for very small cost.
Small coolant leak.
New water pump and alternator - wear and tear given the age and mileage those happened at.
CV joints and various suspension parts replaced.
Other general wear and tear - brakes, regular oil changes and timing belt changed at specified interval.
This was a VW Passat I bought at 5 years old in 1998. It looked very nice in metallic silver and being a GL model, it had decent alloy wheels and equipment. On the outside it looked more modern than similar cars at the time even though this was the older shape Passat with the big plastic front grille before the facelift in 1994.
This model stood out for several other reasons though - it was well equipped with electric everything and very plush interior, seats were very comfortable and the ride was above average. Generally the interior was a nice place to be. Fit and finish and the general feel of the car was good.
To drive it was also pleasantly surprising. Nothing to get excited about, but the 2.0 engine gave plenty acceleration when you needed it and economy was close to 40 MPG on a long drive. Handling was OK for a front wheel drive car with lots of grip (if you fit decent tyres that is) and the gear change was slick and involving from the 5 speed manual box.
To sum up, I have few negative things to say about this car; only positive. I think it was a very underrated car when new. I put serious mileage on this car with nothing much more than wear and tear and minor faults - which is more than can be said for some modern cars I've had lately that needed serious expensive repairs at a few years old and less than 100,000 miles. Whereas this old Passat done me good for 14 years and over 200,000 before I sold it off for scrap in 2007 - would have kept it, but economically it was not worth it. Would love another even today :)
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th December, 2016