1993 Volkswagen Passat GL TD 1.9 turbo diesel from North America


Excellent Engine


Update on my car!

I have recently Replaced the Crankshaft gear at approx 430,000. I am told this is a common problem with the 1.9 litre diesel from 93-99. THe vibration from the engine causes a bolt to come loose. Recommend everyone check their Crankshaft pully for looseness. Nothing major has gone wrong in the last 100,000 km. Regular oil changes and mainenance was done.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th March, 2004

1993 Volkswagen Passat GLX 2.8L vr6 from North America


Costly repairs because it is a rare car, but good car in the long run


New alternator, new battery, new ignition switch.

General Comments:

This car is a dream on the highway, very good power for 172hp, and it handles great at high speeds, had a bit of a stalling problem at low speeds, but I got a full tune-up and that was taken care of. It had a irregular idle after racing the engine, but the isn't a problem after that tune-up.

The interior is very roomy, and the leather is solid, not a hint of thinning or ripping.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th March, 2004

1993 Volkswagen Passat GLS VR6 2.8L from North America


Very fast and reliable It is overall a great car


The reverse gear bearing broke, so I could not shift into reverse. cost about $140.

Pressure plates went and some kind of seal in clutch cost about $860 to replace from Volkswagen dealer.

Typical rust around trunk and on emblems.

Clear coat on paint starting to wear off.

Drivers side brake light burnt out.

Material on inside roof coming loose.

General Comments:

This car is fast, handles great and is very fun to drive.

It's sporty and has lots of room.

It's reliable. I Never have to worry when I'm behind the wheel.

I have had a few things go wrong with it, but for a ten year old car it's great.

There are things with an import you just can't get out of a North American car, and the extra repair cost is worth it!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th December, 2003

26th Oct 2004, 11:53

Hi I was wondering if anyone knew anything about the transimissions in VW passat VR6 GLS?

3rd Dec 2004, 02:37

$140 dollars for a reverse gear? How much to pay someone to get into the transmission and fix it?

1993 Volkswagen Passat GLX from Germany


Can't get rid of it soon enough!


Ignition switch needed replacement.

Really bad oil leak.

Door handle covers separating from handles.

Headliner falling off.

Transmission needs new transmission needed soon.

Leather seats cracking.

General Comments:

Great autobahn car! But that's THE ONLY good thing about it!Except for all of the extra space.

It's a complete nightmare!

Seats are kind of hard. Not very comfortable.

Bad gas mileage.

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

Review Date: 15th October, 2003

1993 Volkswagen Passat GLX 2.8 liter VR-6 from North America


At 195000 miles I replaced the water pump. Other than that, everything else is original to the car!

The engine is still pretty sound; burns a little oil, but not much.

If the car goes to 300000 miles, I am writing VW personally and thanking them! Bought car for $1,650, and it was worth every penny!!!

p.s. Stay away from the Passats that have coil packs; nothing but problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th September, 2003

1993 Volkswagen Passat GLX VR6 from North America


Unreliable and a quality nightmare!


Starting problems (turned out to be a solenoid)

Heater core gone at 72k miles! An involved repair. Dash, console, gages, steering wheel all had to come out. A/C needed venting to get to the heater core!

Transmission computer was broken. $400 item at the dealership!

Interior started disintegrating. Headliner and door panels were coming apart.

Sunroof was broken. An aluminum bracket fatigue problem. Poor choice of materials.

ABS worked intermittently.

General Comments:

Quality nightmare. Handles great, great freeway car. Not even cheap to own for the mechanically inclined!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd June, 2003

1993 Volkswagen Passat GLS 2.8L VR6 from North America


A freak of mechanical nature built by Germans as revenge on North Americans because WWII Liberation


-Moon Roof leaks and is currently broken.

-Everything leaks when getting a car wash at the gas station.

-Transmission shudders, grinds gears and slips (Dying for a rebuild)

-A $600 brake job lasted 1 year and needed another replacement of all major parts the following year.

- Rear brakes are seized and too costly to repair.

-Hand brake does not work.

-heated seat switches do not work and never have during the course of my ownership.

-3rd set of wipers have once again snapped off (I've taped the current ones with tape since it proves to be more effective)

-The windsheild cracked all by itself on a cold day and currently remains cracked and too costly to repair.

-The driver side power window broke (forget about going to McDonald's drivethrough)

-Horn doesn't work for reasons unknown.

-Car can't pass emissions tests even after $400 dollars of mechanic work on the exhaust, catalytic converter, tune up, oil change!

-Engine burns oil.

-Both front doors will not close in the winter due to faulty door mechanisms (So I have to hold the door shut while driving in the freezing cold and shifting gears!)

-All doors must be slammed dangerously hard to shut properly.

- The entire suspension needs replacement as it sags in the back and tires hit fender wells when driving on even the smoothest roads.

-Sometimes when engaging the clutch the car will jerk extremely hard for no reason and stall and not turn on for at least 10 minutes for you especially on major highways and intersections. (Sometimes I think this car just hates me on purpose)

-The headlights won't turn on for reasons unknown (only daytime running work)

-Many mechanics will refuse to work on this car!

-the cloth on the ceiling of the interior is all drooping and falling off.

-the glove box will rarely close and will occasionally open up abruptly upon acceleration which can be very frightening at times. (At this point everything in the glove box will fall out and most likely roll under the seat)

-The passenger side brake light bulb must be replaced every week since it always pops. (I've stopped replacing it and leave it burnt)

-Cigarette lighter doesn't work and never as during the course of my ownership.

-And much much more!

General Comments:

-The paint job has lasted very long. The car shines after washing!

-The motor has lots of torque and is quick (but loud)

-Even with the broken suspension, the car can handle fairly well.

-Very roomy inside if you need to cram friends in on a weekend.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th May, 2003

6th Sep 2003, 10:21

This is the most sad and tragic, but at the same time a verry funny review, I have ever read. And I'm about to inherit a 1993 Passat GLX with only 27,000 miles on it. Should I sell it and buy a well designed and reliable Honda or Toyota?

24th Jul 2006, 18:07

I had a 93 VR6 passat and it was the biggest lemon I've ever owned. Everything I've read has suggested that only in the last couple of years, 2002 and up has VW gotten its act together.