1997 Volkswagen Passat Comfortline 1.9 TDI 110 hp from Belgium

Summary:

Drives great, but loves the garage too much!!

Faults:

A lot! We have only had the car for 3 months and 11000 km, and look what went wrong (keep in mind that we bought the car from a very trustworthy source who never, ever had a problem with it) :

Turbo problems : cost 300 EUX.

Catalyst broke : cost 400 EUX.

Suspension problems : cost? (is being repaired as I write).

General Comments:

If I could be able to forget about the malfunctioning, then I would be obliged to call it a great car! It runs smooth, consumes nothing, has a lot of space and offers a lot of comfort and space. But here is where it all ends. All these troubles (and costs) are making me worried each time I switch on the engine. Every time I am really hoping it will end with the above mentioned troubles, but every time there is another problem ahead!

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

Review Date: 23rd July, 2001

1997 Volkswagen Passat Sport 1.9 turbo diesel 110 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Could be much better, if only it was as reliable as VW would have you believe

Faults:

Front suspension ball joints wear out very quickly and are expensive to replace.

Catalytic converter ceramic matrix broke up at 105,000 miles. Caused a severe drop in performance.

Climate control panel is faulty and the system has leaked Freon gas.

Hydraulic pipe between the slave and master cylinder to the clutch leaked, because it chafed on the gearbox. Took FOUR DAYS to repair!

General Comments:

Big interior and very economical on fuel (typical 60+mpg in everyday use).

Comfortable for a family of five and plenty of luggage space.

Let down by suspect build quality.

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

Review Date: 31st May, 2001

1997 Volkswagen Passat TDI SE 110 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Appalling reliability

Faults:

Too many to list or to remember, but those which caused three days or more off the road include gearbox, starter, suspension, electrics, water ingress etc.

General Comments:

By a long way the least reliable car I have ever owned. It has been out of use at least ten times. At the moment the car is off the road - I am in the 12th week of what VW tell me will be a 14 week wait for parts to repair the failed suspension. The car is just three years old and it has failed its first MOT on several significant grounds.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 15th September, 2000

1997 Volkswagen Passat SE 1.8 Turbo from UK and Ireland

Faults:

Aircon drain hole blocked - water in footwell.

Welds missing on NS A post - creaks.

Control arm replaced on NSF susp - bushes failed.

Temp sender replaced - 3 week back order from DE caused starting and engine running problems.

Water leak in front wheel arch damaged central locking ECU and harness - 3 week back order - car has been at dealer for 2 weeks awaiting parts and is not expected back for at least 2 more weeks.

Squeaking/sticking clutch pedal, and lots of other minor faults.

General Comments:

This could be a great car but this is the worst built car I have ever owned.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st May, 1999

1997 Volkswagen Passat Sport TDI from UK and Ireland

Faults:

Speedo sender intermittent, unlocking with key sometimes opened windows (fault cleared without intervention), poor glovebox fit. Need to watch oil consumption in first 5000 miles.

General Comments:

Very good chassis (unlike previous VR6 Golf which was awful) if slightly inert compared with BMW 3-series. Well made, comfortable, good performance and excellent economy - especially if you take it easy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th March, 1998

1997 Volkswagen Passat 20V Sport Turbo 1.8 turbo petrol from UK and Ireland

Faults:

FM radio cuts out intermittently.

General Comments:

Big car refinement at family car price.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd February, 1998