1999 Volkswagen Passat VR 6 from North America
I have experienced overheating problems with this vehicle. All the tubing that connects the hoses had to be replaced. The Volkswagen dealer replaced the head gasket at a cost of 1800.00. Thought it might be a cracked head; made them check it and it was OK.
All the door handles broke. The one on the passenger front broke off in my hand.
Makes a funny noise in the front end like a transmission noise (like its in low gear) don't know what that is.
A/C will come on intermittently.
This car is beautiful red with 18" alloys. Looks good in the driveway, but I will never buy another Volkswagen.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 18th July, 2006
I got my Passat three years ago. I love it and it has lots of power. It's hard not to speed. It feels the same at 130 as it does at 80mph.
The car has not been cheap. I purchased the 2.8 litre 30v DOHC at 138000k, and the used car dealer ruined the transmission with a power drill and J B Weld to flush it. That was 2500$, and at 150000k the throttle body went out, costing 1000$, and the cats were getting clogged. I cut those out at home.
At 165000k, the lower intake gasket was leaking oil into the engine. That was 800$, and I replaced the tie rods and ball joints (not uncommon for the mileage). Now the car drives better than when I bought it, and I feel I got the bugs out.
My advice is always have your mechanic look at a used car before you purchase, and get under it to inspect and look for anything out of the ordinary.
She's got 173000k, and runs, looks, and all controls function like new.
I have owned several VW/Audi vehicles over the years... the best way to enjoy these great cars is to lease one... especially the 199.00/229.00/249.00 month specials they have once a year... the shorter leases and zero down ones are the best....
Buying a used VW/Audi is not always a wise option unless you know the history of the car... and even expert mechanics have told me the VW/Audi is not their favorite car to work on... but these cars are a lot of fun, especially if you get the high performance versions... just add gas and head to your favorite designation... hopefully through a nice twisty backroad...