1999 Volkswagen Passat turbo from North America
Not worth the headache
Where do I begin...?
This car drives actually pretty awesomely - WHEN she's working. Unfortunately, I continue to run into PROBLEM AFTER PROBLEM with this vehicle.
Brakes = If you don't get new brakes at the first sign of needing them - then you're screwed, and have to replace the rotors as well.
Coolant/Head = I blew my head gasket one day - the car began to overheat while driving - about 5 miles later - the head was blown.
Now it seems as if the transmission went out.
This is a vehicle that you should own ONLY if you are a Volkswagen mechanic or are married to one. Otherwise there's no way the average American can afford the upkeep on it.
Interior is comfy.
Overall the mechanics/engine are faulty.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 16th August, 2011
Why would you continue to drive if the engine was overheating? In this case, the cause of the blown head gasket was the person behind the steering wheel.
+1 if the car overheats, you stop. Period.
I have to third these guys. You should never leave the engine running when the car starts overheating. Turn it off and coast to a stop.
My serpentine belt went one day on the Passat I was driving at that time. One of the pulleys was making that squitch squitch noise for quite a while; it finally gave up one day.
If I remember correctly, the belt was driving the water pump (no confusion here with the timing belt). When the belt went, the engine temp quickly started to rise. I believe the person who wrote the review never realized the temperature gauge was going up. I suggest that all drivers get used to this gauge, locate it and have a look at it from time to time on an older vehicle.
When the temperature started to rise, I stopped the engine, let it cool a few minutes, then since I didn't want to pay for towing, I started driving the car slowly while checking the gauge so it didn't go into the red zone. Got the car to the garage this way.
It only cost me a belt, instead of a $2000 engine repair.