1993 Volkswagen Passat GLX VR6 V6 from North America


Grounds for a lawsuit against VW


Multiple coolant leaks.

Multiple oil leaks.

Speed sensor on transmission broken.

Required new mufflers and work on exhaust piping.

Heater core needed replacing after 90K.

Brakes need replacing NOW.

Transmission slipping.

Car stalls in low gears.

Interior leather worn and separating from plastic.

Heated seats broken.

Many interior lights broken.

Factory speakers broken.

Door handles separating from metal.

Typical rust pattern on trunk, running boards, around emblems and trim.

General Comments:

I couldn't hate this car enough, or agree more with most of the reviews in this forum.

Yes, it is fun to drive on the highway.

Otherwise, it's a maintenance nightmare. Almost no independent shops in Northern California will even take the car in. As I found out when I tried taking it for a '10-minute Oil Change' most routine repairs (replacing the air filter for instance) have to be carried out by an experienced technician with a stock of VW parts. Even the oil filter is nonstandard. There are two mufflers in the car -- the one I needed cost $500 from the factory!

The interior deteriorates daily, with leather separating from its molding and convenience electronics braking regularly.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th August, 2002

19th Oct 2006, 09:50

Then get a new car.

3rd Apr 2008, 12:27

My Passat GLX 1993 just died yesterday. It was a great car up until I had multiple coolant leaks, which appeared out of no where.

It was a costly moneypit.

1993 Volkswagen Passat GLX V6 from North America


A very fun car that will leave you bankrupt, frustrated, and in the depths of despair


In the 2000 miles that I have owned the car:

Brake master cylinder needed replaced.

A/C expansion valve needed replaced.

A/C condenser needed replaced.

Transmission is slipping and needs replaced.

Cooling system has boiled over several times, even though I had it flushed.

Heater core hose sprung a leak - no auto parts store on the Internet or planet has one - need to go dealer - it's $108 to replace - it's a hose!

2 interior lights have fallen out of their sockets in the ceiling and are hanging by the wires.

Rear speakers stopped working on the stock radio.

General Comments:

This car is incredibly rare. It's very hard to find another one.

Because of it's rarity, the parts are very hard to find and ridiculously expensive.

The car drives wonderfully. It handles well and has plenty of power.

If you have plenty of extra money and a back-up car, this car is for you!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th July, 2002

3rd Apr 2004, 10:25

I am an unfortunate owner of a 93 passat glx, 5 speed. I have spent more money on trying to maintain this vehicle than it is probably worth. The latest problem is the transmission. Dealer told me transmission is gone and needs to be replaced for another $2800. Apparently transmission is dry of fluid, however, there is no way to check the fluid level and it must be put on a lift to fill? Have spent so much on the car now, not sure whether it is worth fixing again. I agree it looks nice, drives nice, but a rather expensive nightmare to maintain as only the dealers will service it.

3rd Dec 2005, 09:42

Your Auxiliary Water Pump has failed. This will stress out everything else in your cooling system. To all owners out there: This is probably the most common problem with this car and most mechanics have no clue. You can Purchase this part on the net for 110.00 and takes 10 min to install. Very simple fix.

1993 Volkswagen Passat GLX 2.8 from North America


I love the chassis and powertrain, but hate the interior quality


I bought the car with a leaking heater core.

The sunroof leaks.

Miscellanous interior components fell off.

Oil sending unit leaked.

Rear wheel bearing failed.

General Comments:

Performance and feel is similar to a BMW, but it lacks the name. I often reach 90 mph when passing other vehicles. The engine and powertrain are up to typical German standards.

The interior components are equal to a 10 year old American sedan. I am not satisfied with the quality here.

I use it as a 170 mile per day commuter so I appreciate the comfort and performance level of this vehicle.

This vehicle lacked any maintenance before I recieved it so I cannot give an accurate evaluation of its reliability. However, my previous VW exceeded 200,000 before it had any problems.

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

Review Date: 26th April, 2002