1998 Volkswagen Passat 1.8 petrol from Australia and New Zealand


Practical, reliable family wagon



General Comments:

A fantastic practical family vehicle. Very economical, but with quite a lot of power.

It's extremely comfortable.

I will be keeping this car as long as it lasts, which will probably be forever.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st August, 2011

1998 Volkswagen Passat from North America


Low quality - HIGH maintenance costs - Too many problems

General Comments:

This car was a nightmare. I bought it for about $6k, and a year later had to sell it, to a Volkswagen dealer, for $500. I, obviously, had many mechanical issues with this car... as with most older Euro's. However, what disappointed me the most, was the lack of performance. It was better than most low-end Asian or American cars of that generation, but for a Euro and all the costs that come with them, it was not worth it. Low power, mediocre handling, low quality interior.

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

Review Date: 3rd July, 2011

3rd Jul 2011, 16:19

Unfortunately there is a lot of lemons and problem cars being sold out there right now.... mostly used, but some new ones too. As the economy gets worse, more and more people are dumping these cars off to unsuspecting people... trying to get some of their money back they lost... and a sea of businesses trying to help you fix it up... at a price...

1998 Volkswagen Passat V6 2.8 from Australia and New Zealand


Great, quality built car with a fantastic engine and ride


Front door would not close unless slammed. Needed a new latch for $550.

Frustrating road noise. Replaced tyres with quality quiet running tyres. Perfect now!

Otherwise it has been great.

General Comments:

Silky smooth engine. Performs well. Will accelerate quicker and vastly smoother than any 6 cylinder Commodore or Falcon. (I have owned both.) Solidly built, gives you a feeling of safety and security, particularly in the wet. Very comfortable and fun to drive. Comfortable leather seats, basic stereo that has very good sound quality.

We bought the car from an elderly guy who has owned and maintained it from new. It was a real score.

It will return 9 - 9.5L/100km, pretty good figures for the performance. I managed 7L/100km on a hour long highway trip.

No rattles, smooth, quiet ride, just a bit of a lumpy idle at the moment, which I will address at next service.

We love the sun roof, and the A/C is very cold. The vents do blow hot air though when the A/C is not on, it is a little annoying.

Great car, only use it on weekends though.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd June, 2011

1998 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8 turbo from North America


Waste of time and money buying a used VW, and wish someone had told me so before I had bought this!


ECU was replaced due to flood in the car.

Breather hoses needed to be replaced.

Throttle body was cleaned.

Battery was replaced.

Rack and pinion needed to be replaced.

These used Passats have serious mechanical and electrical problems. Mine was a money pit, and it caused me a great deal of stress.

General Comments:

Dear Volkswagen,

Your vehicle has put me through HELL over this last year. I would rather drive "CHRISTINE" than purchase another VW.

I owned this car for less than a year, and have already wasted $3000 on repair bills alone.

Something serious would go wrong with this car every other month. And it's not like I didn't have the car inspected when I bought it off the dealership lot. The car looked and sounded great at the lot, but it didn't take long for it to start falling apart on me.

The car is seriously underpowered and way too expensive to maintain.

Terrible design to place the drains running from the sunroof down through the floorboards. This is why my stupid car flooded.

Even worse idea to place a computer module in the floor when you knew the car could flood and damage the ECU.

I just want to warn everybody from purchasing these vehicles; stay away! As used vehicles they are really worthless. There are plenty of other brands that will not cause you as much stress.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 31st March, 2011

1st Apr 2011, 13:24

You are really lucky it was not burning/leaking a ton of oil from the engine, as all older VW's do.

I would not recommend buying VW if you are on a budget or looking to save money, as they are expensive to maintain and the parts cost a lot too.

Buying a new on is not a bad idea, but get rid of it after 5 years, as you will have a lot of problems by then.