1999 Volkswagen Passat Sport 1.9 TDI turbo diesel from UK and Ireland
ABS sensor £11.99 off eBay; this fault was present when I bought the car.
Central locking does not work correctly; again, I knew about this prior to purchase.
It needs a track rod end to cure a knock from the front.
This is the best £550 I have ever spent. The car is so cheap to run. 40 MPG at least round town, and up to 60 on a run.
The car is on 203000 on the original engine, gearbox, clutch, fuel pump, injectors etc. Only thing that's been changed are the over complicated front suspension arms. Can someone point me towards a modern diesel that can achieve this?
A couple of years ago I sold a 5 year old TDCi Mondeo with only 128k on the clock, that needed dual mass flywheel, rear wheel bearings, handbrake cables and calipers, and fan belt pulley and tensioner. Rubbish.
Anyway, back to the Passat; it handles like a bath tub, there is lacquer peeling off the roof and upper tailgate, but I love it. The engine pulls like a train and is still returning its factory MPG figures. No other car I have ever owned has done this.
Everything still works, apart from the central locking, but you can still lock/unlock it via the internal button.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th August, 2012