2000 Volkswagen Passat 2.7 from North America
A good car with unreliable electronics
My two low beam lights went out at the same time after 35,000 miles.
The monsoon stereo system has lost its pre-settings at approximately 40,000 miles.
One brake light has gone out at approximately 40,000 miles.
When taking turns, not overly fast, an engine warning light will flash instructing the driver to stop the car and check the engine oil.
The computer has also had a defect that caused a false warning message. This was paid for by VW, but only after I pushed the issue and authorized payment in advance.
The car handles well and has been fairly reliable other than the electrical system.
The manufacturer does not confess that Passats are known for electrical.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 14th August, 2003
My 2000, purchased in 2001 with very few miles works great, but after about 1 month of owning it the "check engine" and "Emmissions Workshop" light kept coming on. After paying dealer to check it out, they said nothing was wrong, they just needed to "reset" it. 2 wks later same thing. Over the last 7 years I have had the dealership "reset" the lights only to have them come back on within a week of repairing. Now they want me to "leave the car with them for a few days so they can really check it out". Last month when I did that it cost me $700.00 to repair the interior gas smell which was a recall by VW who only covered $90.00 of the $700.00.
I had the problem with the drivers window not being able to control whether it was going up or down. Now the lastest crazy thing is having my turn signals "disappearing". Last summer the driver's side disappeared, no broken parts, just the cord hanging out. Last month the passenger side turn signal "disappeared", again, no side of someone breaking it, just an empty hole with the cord hanging out. Cost me $72.00 each time to replace. Anyone else have this problem? Also when I start the engine up cold, even when it's 90 degrees out, my co-workers ask me if I have a jet engine it's so loud. Only lasts about 3 minutes then is fine. Neighbors are starting to complain!
All that said though, next to the Nisson Sentra, it's been the most comfortable, stylish car, to drive.