1999 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8 turbo from North America
I have had minor problems only, such as the key not working to open the driver's door, but I use the remote anyway.
My antenna connection became corroded, they wanted 500 dollars to rip out the headliner and rewire, so I get very poor radio. So I listen to cds when I am not in the city.
My timing belt started making noises at 89,500 miles, and the belt is waranteed for 90k, and they replaced it for free.
Trunk light works 50% of the time.
Brake rotors tend to warp, but only after 40k miles.
I love this car, and I'm a gear head. I'm also 6'7", so this truly is one of the few cars I can fit in.
Fit and finish have been exceptional.
Quiet and smooth on the highway.
I average 28 mpg. With all the problems I've heard about Passats, it makes me upset, because VW and Audi need to watch their quality control. I just know I've got 145k miles on mine, and have no need, worries or fears of it making it to 250k. transmission strong, but it does go through oil, about 1 quart every 3,000 miles.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 20th February, 2004