1997 Volkswagen Passat TDI 1.9 turbo diesel from North America
Keep up with the maintenance, perhaps do some yourself, and this will save you money in the long run
I have had the following done for:
Regular maintenance - Timing belt, brakes, front struts (rear also need done).
Issues needing repair - IP timing needed reset (did myself), ignition switch replaced, IP gasket leak, coolant line damaged by the leaking diesel fuel.
This car is fun to drive. It is very peppy for a diesel and gets 50MPG highway. I have gone almost 900 miles on a tankful (18 gallon tank). Yes, I have to put some money into it, but then again it has 280K miles and is 13 years old.
Because of the year Passat, it is very roomy for a VW. I use it to commute 60 miles each way to work, and it does that job well. Heck, I only paid $2700 for the car. After I have put 100K miles on it, I will have only depreciated it by maybe $1000. Try that with a new $30K car and see if your depreciation is as little money as mine.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 30th June, 2010