1995 Volkswagen Passat VR6 from North America


I love my Volkswagen Passat GLX with its VR6 engine


Front drivers wheel bearing repacked, and front tie rod ends replaced.

Front end alignment.

General Comments:

I have really grown to love this car; it's sporty, yet business-like and roomy, and fast enough to not be boring. Insurance is dirt cheap for this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th November, 2008

1995 Volkswagen Passat LS 2.8 VR6 petrol from UK and Ireland


At one time reliable, comfortable, but now not so sure


Entire instrument panel ceased to work at 75000 miles, had to wait 5-6 weeks for replacement from dealer since it was a VR6.

Entire front drivers wing had to be replaced when rammed by a Mitsubishi Pajero.

Intermittent starting problem, replaced entire coil pack, about a month later same problems started. This has meant that the dealer had to look at it. He replaced the Coolant temperature switch, still same problems in the same day at a cost of £120. Has mentioned that will probably have to replace ignition system, immobiliser and keys at a cost of £320.

General Comments:

The car is comfortable, though after the plush leather seats on my XM not nearly as much. The engine has decent performance and is more accessible than the XM's. Instruments are clear and concise.

Unfortunately no glove compartment, in fact few creature comforts. There seems to be a problem with the heater, as there is constant misting up despite using the vents to keep the screen clear.

Bodywork is in a good condition with a minor rust trace barely starting to appear on the rear passenger door. My recent misfortunes have made me wonder whether to look into getting a replacement as support is a nightmare. Parts are expensive and dealer support more so.

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

Review Date: 23rd May, 2008

1995 Volkswagen Passat Umwelt TD Estate 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Small injector pipe leak off blanking plug has split twice.

Fabric fuel lines between injectors degraded over time and one split. Easily replaced though DIY... took 2 minutes.

Drivers door window is touchy...

Dash clocks break their contacts on the back, causing loss of lights and the odd gauge or two. New clocks is the easiest solution, though they are dealer only parts.

General Comments:

The car is great... fold down the seats and sleep 2 at a push. One easily.

Fuel economy is better with the TDI, but it's still great. The car has enough torque so that once you get it going, it will cruise happily all day long at about 90mph.

Reliability is amazing... it never goes wrong other than the leak off bung and fuel lines, which can split. The solution is to carry spares as they are easy 2 minute fixes at the side of the road. You can tell when one has gone because you get a heavy diesel smell in the cabin all of a sudden.

If you find the ride a bit wallowy... replace the front struts with MK3 Golf VR6 gas dampers and lowering springs, which stiffen up the front end. With gas dampers on the back, the car even though it is an estate will corner on rails... I know cos mine does.

Don't worry about high mileage, they eat this up for breakfast. It's not uncommon to see them with over 250K miles and still going strong. Parts are very cheap and they seldom need anything anyway. Electrics are their achilles heels, but there is hardly much in them anyway.

Watch for rust at the trailing edge of front doors and rear wheel arches. Other than that they are great.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th April, 2008

5th Jul 2009, 18:01

Absolutely spot on review. Have one of these myself and progressed from a TD to a TDi. Same great but boring car, but, with better mpg and performance. Have recorded 65-67mpg on long motorway journeys; 45mpg at very worst!

Electrics are a problem, but a lot of this stems from the connections between the body and the doors. The wires break causing electric window problems and speaker issues. A good electrical technician can sort this out at modest cost.

I've worked in the trade for the last 27 years, and reckon that this was the last of the reliable Passats. Newer models are a lot more troublesome and I would only consider a new car from Japan or Korea as these seem to do well in reviews such as JD Power.