2000 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8T from North America

Summary:

Good looks, horrible quality

Faults:

Sunroof stopped working 2 months after I got the car.

After I got my oil changed, my car leaked oil everywhere.

O2 sensors, MAF sensor, plugs, and other misc. belts are complete garbage.

General Comments:

So I bought this car as a first car for myself in 2007. It was a beautiful car. 2000 Model year, 1.8T GLS, sunroof, heated leather seats, monsoon sound, tiptronic tranny, etc. All the "bells and whistles," but let me tell you, this car was anything but that.

I got it in May of 2007, just in time for the summer. I loved everything for the first couple of weeks I had the car. The sunroof. The quickness of the car. Heck, even the key was sweet (switchblade key).

However, towards the beginning of June, I noticed my sunroof was starting to rarely open. Then it just stopped opening. So now I have to open it up manually. Thought it was the switch ($70), nope. Thought it was the motor ($400), nope. It's the whole thing. Linkage and motor (1k!!!).

Then I got my synthetic oil change. Oh great. Got it done then the car started leaking oil. Took it to my local VW dealership and they charged me $80 to check it out, then another $220 to "fix" it. Then, it leaked... again. Luckily this time they put dye in the oil to pinpoint where it was coming from. Another $600 later, they wanted to "fix" it again. I yelled at them, talked to the manager who was so kind to lower the price $100.

Then, the ever so infamous check emissions light comes on whenever it pleases. Got that checked out. Car needed new plugs, new O2 sensors, pretty much new everything, and now it may need a new CC, which may run me another $700 or so.

My brother has an Audi and I loved it. I thought my VW was going to be like that. I was wrong. Very wrong. So now $1100 or so later, I am just feeling the burn in my wallet, with more to come.

This car is a nice car, if you have money to spend on it. The Tiptronic trans is nice, but since it's a VW, supposedly everything costs more because it's foreign. Which is understandable, but when a 4 cylinder cars' tuneup costs $400+, that's just terrible. Not to mention that the car takes Premium (93) gas too!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd March, 2008

28th Nov 2008, 22:46

Hey everyone, just thought I would throw a few updates out there.

The rough idle, is because of a misfire on 3 of 4 cylinders-meaning I need a new coil on each.

I may also need either a MAF or Vacuum Line. Luckily, I've learned to do all this on my own.

Just for example, to get 1 coil replaced at Pepboys-$180. I can pay $25 and do it myself, for 1 coil.

I'm gonna get that stuff sorted out, then get rid of this and forget I ever had a VW. Atleast $20 can get me a full tank for now.

30th Jan 2012, 12:22

I bought a 2000 Passat wagon a few years ago; junk.

VW basically recalled the motor. The 1.8t has an oil sludge problem. My oil light would come on if I cornered hard.

The seats uncomfortable for long drives.

Power lock in left rear door quit working.

My brother-in-law has been a VW mechanic for the past 20 years; he told me not to buy this car, even though his wife has one.

He says you can run regular 87 octane gas without affecting performance or mileage.

I paid 6500 for this car and sold it 4 months later for 3000. I got ripped off. Bought a 1998 GTI 2.0 for 3500 to replace this mistake of a car.

Avoid the 1.8t at all costs. If the engine hasn't had regular 3000 mile oil changes with full synthetic oil at every change, YOU WILL HAVE A SLUDGE PROBLEM.

2000 Volkswagen Passat GLX 4motion Wagon V6 from North America

Summary:

Great performance car IF you take care of it

Faults:

6,000 miles - Had to perform recall because gas gauge was faulty. I ended up out of gas on the side of the road with a gauge that said 1/2 full. free.

Since the the car was 4 years old I have had to replace the headlights, brake and indicator lights twice. $7.00 each time (I did it myself)

45,000 miles - replaced all tires.

48,000 Mirror control broke off - $400.

General Comments:

Great handling and smooth acceleration. I love the way this car drives. No comparable car with the same space or cost. A large car family wagon that feels like a luxury car. I love German engineering.

Very comfortable interior. I love the leather and wood grain dash.

Reliable if you take care or it. I always use high octane gas 91 or higher. Change oil religiously every 5000 miles.

I couldn't be happier.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th January, 2008