Practical, economical, fun, and, to date, very reliable
None of my problems are attributable to the manufacturer. So far, the car itself has been delightful.
At the 24-month service, the dealer dropped a pollen filter clip into the air intake, and it was sucked into the ventilation fan. The same mechanic failed to secure the nut at the front of the plastic shield under the engine, causing the shield to come loose during high-speed motoring.
The plastic shield under the engine makes routine maintenance very awkward and time-consuming.
Unfortunately, there are very few choices in the small mid-size station wagon market. We liked the Passat better than the two low-bidders (Subaru Legacy and Saturn LW), and as well as its more expensive European competitors. The car looks great, runs great, and handles nicely.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th April, 2003