1994 Volkswagen Passat GLX VR6 from North America
A consumer's nightmare and a repair shop's dream!!!
The first and the last thing to have gone wrong has been the ignition switch. It went out the first time 4 months after I got the car and again yesterday. The dealership is quoting me $400 for this time. It was only $180 at another dealership the first time.
The serpentine belt and tensioner ($445) had to be replaced last month.
I got a new battery ($225) 4 months before that.
I've replaced the heater hose ($40.00?) on my own before 2 summers ago.
Right after that happened, the heater core leaked all of the coolant and was replaced ($1500).
I've also had the idle adjusted a couple of times.
I had to replaced the rotors and brakes ($400) and they told me that it needed new struts also, but that wasn't done.
There are more repairs, I just can't remember them all.
This car was a lemon from the day I bought it. I will never buy another Volkswagen as long as I live! The sheer cost of repairs is outrageous and the insurance is sky high too.
I wouldn't recommend a Volkswagen to anyone!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 12th May, 2003
13th May 2003, 01:27
How could you pay 225 $ for a battery? Do you shop around?
13th May 2003, 03:03
You are being robbed... Most of the problems you evoke are normal wear and tear in a 135000 miles car. On the other hand you are being charged at least the double for your repairs. A battery for your car should cost 100-110 $ (not 225 $), the heating radiator+work about 800 $,etc...
24th May 2003, 21:16
It is a bummer to put money into a car, but the prices you site are sky high. Did you really pay this much without researching alternatives? I replaced my battery at Sears for for my 1997 for $79---seems to work fine...
6th Aug 2003, 11:56
Belt and tensioner costs were astronomical too. Just had it done last week for a little over $200.