1999 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8 turbo from North America
Comfort during long distances + high MPG + turbo + good hauling capacity = equals fun family car
Runs like a top!!! Excellent MPG average 30+.
Recently passenger side window motor works great, sounds like a blender on low.
Complete control arm kit, with hardware for left and right.
Broken oil dipstick funnel.
Mirror control module.
Catalytic converter gasket.
Rear wheel hub.
Cabin air filter.
Timing belt and tensioner.
Rear hatch piston.
CVT complete driver and passenger side (DRIVE TRAIN).
Power steering pump (from junk yard) $40. Make sure to flush.
Car stereo, apparently so useless and faulty you can go to the junk yard and get them for FREE, and then pay $25-30 to get the safe code!!!
A/C compressor belt.
Rack and pinion.
Mind you, I got this from a dealer who got it from auction. It was in a minor front end collision.
Replaced all parts for less than 2G's by doing it myself.
Don't be afraid to do lots of research. Research saves lots of $$$$$. Had I taken it to the dealer, it would have cost at least 6G's.
Note: make sure you upgrade your oil to specs 5w-40. Not many manufacturers make this oil, however it will save you from a blown engine. It will also take away any of the pinging or knocking you hear, almost immediately. When you switch over to the new oil, go for a long drive 1000 miles. If you have any sludge in your oil, you will want to heat it up as much as possible for as long as possible. Make sure you change the oil filter when you change the oil.
It's a good idea after your long 1000 mile road trip to change the oil filter, not the oil. Wait another 1000 miles, then change the oil and filter. This will ensure you will not clog your the screen on the oil pick up. If it gets clogged, your temperature gauge will let you know; it will spike!!! Turn off the engine immediately!!! This will save your engine. Don't let it get close to 260 degrees.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th March, 2011