1995 Volkswagen Passat GLX 2.8L VR6 from North America
One big lemon, pass on the passat.
Electrical fires galore!! Blown fog lights, cruise control, air conditioning, rear window motors, side marker lights, remote trunk release, frequent electrical shorts- many not fixable. The dash needs to be smacked in some spots to illuminate it. The stereo only works about 25% of the time (after-market stereo since the original caught fire). Leaks oil and coolant (both need to be checked daily). Not a walk in the park.
Do not, buy a Passat if you are looking for a reliable car. It is FAR from it. In fact, being rich would help because it will need repairing monthly and its repairs are quite costly. Oil changes alone run over $30.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 6th October, 2005
6th Oct 2005, 14:34
I've noticed a lot of reviews or comments on this website about the Passat, and other Volkswagen's, are not very good ones. But they almost always come from the USA. I'm in the UK, and I can tell you, the Volkswagen's here (and elsewhere in the world) are very reliable. I've had two Passat's, a 90' 1.8, and 91' 2.0. Both never let me down, even after 150,000 miles and 15 years old. No problems at all. Also I know people with more modern Volkswagen's, and they have no problem. What I'm asking is why do all the lemon Volkswagen's seem to be in the USA only?
7th Oct 2005, 17:51
I believe it's because most VWs sold here in the US are made in Brazil or Mexico rather than Germany.
6th Mar 2015, 22:40
This is much later than the original post, but what I can say is that even if the vehicles were originally produced with similar quality, vehicles in the US deal with much greater changes of hot/cold, along with snow and ice being a constant anywhere north of Oklahoma, and have more stress put on them than they do in the UK, due to climate and road quality.
My Passat was well maintained, but has had numerous repairs done simply from the problems caused by temperature changes. In NE it goes from -10 degrees F to 50 F in the same 24 hour period this time of year, and the car parked outside sees months of temperatures near 10 F in winter, and 90 F in summer. The reliability is a trade off that you lose when you get such a high performing car. The coolant and oil leaks are a serious nuisance, and there is always a gasket or pipe or hose leaking, cracked or just broken. I would not recommend a Passat. However if I had the chance to buy a 1995 brand new I would; I would just replace all the gaskets, hoses and pipes with aftermarket aluminum parts, and never have to replace them again.