1995 Volkswagen Passat GL TDI 1.9i turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Great mpg, great size, great car


Wiper motor bearing worn out, burnt out motor @ 120,000.

One reverse light @ 88,000.

Interior worn, but probably would have done in any car due to very heavy use.

Power door lock broke on drivers door, but when you get used to opening the car with the passenger door this minor fault can be a great security deterrent.

General Comments:

As the above states, great car, no problems, just the normal parts: oil, fuel, and air filters, brake discs and pads, tyres, timing, fan and power steering belts, new coolant and wipers.

All this plus over 50+ mpg record is 75 mpg over 65 miles.

Added blue indicators to match the bodywork and 5 spoke alloy wheels.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th January, 2001

1995 Volkswagen Passat from North America


Too many electrical problems


Have had to:

1. Replace the driver's window drive motor and gear mechanism.


2. The radio and CD player have quit working.

Other miscellaneous electrical problems have been experienced.

General Comments:

Have been generally satisfied with the performance of the car... but to have had to replace the window drive motor and now possibly the radio (!!!) is ridiculous.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd January, 2001

16th Feb 2001, 05:36

You are absolutely right on the electrical problems. I own a 1993 VW Passat and I have replaced my driver's side window motor, my CD changer is broken, left turn signal will not auto return, the sunroof broke, fog lights keep shorting out. Many electrical problems.

Other than that, the car runs great and I have had no major problems.

9th Nov 2002, 06:20

Eight year old Passat estate owner since new. Am now having problems with my passenger rear window. The front passenger window packed up some time ago.

An unusual problem I also have is that for no reason all the panel lights go out except for the main beam light although externally everything is OK.

A sharp thump on top of the dash brings everything back to normal! And it is OK for days if not weeks.

Jim Dickson, Scotland.

1995 Volkswagen Passat GLS 2.0 liter turbo from Germany


The Volkswagen Passat is a bargain BMW


Absolutely nothing.

General Comments:

This is hands down the best car I have ever owned. Performance is on par with cars that cost thousands more. Comfort and convenience are superb. This car looks and feels expensive. People always think this is a Volvo or BMW, and I say no, it's a VW. They're like really?, that's a nice car.

I have never had a minutes trouble with it, which is probably luck, because the sevice department at the dealership is full of monkeys. I have had it in for general maintenance, and they always try to add something. Once with 42K on the odometer I was told I need an oil pan. I made them let me go back there and look and there was nothing wrong. They just forgot to put a crush washer in last time and there was a little oil on the bottom. My warranty is out now so I just take the car to a reputable mechanic. Thanks for giving us a place to share comments.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st November, 2000

1995 Volkswagen Passat VR6 2.8 from North America


Fuel pump problems, oil cooler sealants, vaporizing from within.

Water leakage on floorboard.

General Comments:

My car only has 35,000 miles and I have had an unfortunate experience. Many little things have gone wrong. I do not recommend this car. I also found out it rated poor on the federal crash test.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 31st January, 1999

6th Mar 2001, 17:18

I too have a Passat with electrical problems and water leaking on the floor when it rains. It's a 97. Do you know of anyone else with similar problems?

12th Oct 2001, 17:44

I too have had the water on the floorboard problem. So one day I went out and took a hose and poured it around my windshield, etc. Made it to the sunroof and bingo!! There are two drain holes/tubes on either side of the sunroof opening towards the front of the car. I sprayed a little water in them and sure enough water traveled in those tubes and down the A-pillar I believe, and out under the dashboard onto the floor. Might wanna get your sunroof re-seated or sealed. That should help.