1999 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8T from North America
Very good car, Volkswagen needs to increase their dependability
Arrived with bad manual transmission. Made grinding noise at highway speed. Bought on Internet new, but local dealer replaced transmission as part of warranty.
Trunk light does not work and alarm resets itself unless a door is opened when using trunk.
Check engine light just came on, dealer says it's the purge thing (filter?)...$200 incl labor, not bad.
I've had this car for five years and it's been a very good car. Great acceleration because it's had it's CPU upgraded to 200hp.
Chipped the engine cpu to gain a further 50hp (150hp --> ~200hp) for ~$400.
Amazing braking power, stock.
Although more maintenance is required than a Honda or Toyota, I feel Volkswagen makes a more drivable car. Equivalent Honda and Toyota sedans are boring, but may be more dependable.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th September, 2004