2000 Volkswagen Passat GLS 3.0 from North America
Great car, but with a major problem
Fuel pump has gone out three times.
My four-motion Passat is a pleasure to drive. It handles extremely well and is excellent in emergency situations. The all-wheel drive system is excellent. My one problem - and it's a big one - is with the fuel delivery system. At 25,000 miles the car died due, according to the dealership, because of a fuel relay failure. This was replaced under warranty. Then at 32,000 miles the car died again. This time - at my expense - the fuel pump was replaced. I now have 59,500 miles on the car and the fuel pump is whining horribly. It sounds like its time for a third failure. This seems to be ridiculous on a modern car with less than 60,000 miles. I am writing today in the hopes that others may share any information they may have regarding this issue. I would purchase another VW if I was sure this would not happen again.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 26th January, 2004
Hi, I have a 2000 Passat GLS. The check engine light and the message "Emissions Workshop" came on about 1 1/2 months ago, so we called in, and were told to refill it a few times, and it should go away, if not bring it in. So finally now, we took it in, after on top of the light & message, the car started whining, and accelerating sluggishly. Supposedly the Turbo is bad, which greatly upset me, considering the car is not quite 4 yrs old, and has only 68,000 miles on it! We were going to get one of the new Passat wagons, but after this, and a bad driver's side doorlock at only 1 yr, bad digital display at 2 yrs, and a transmission leak at 29,000, I sure won't buy another VW in this country! My family drove Audis and VWs for 50 years, which made the disappointment even worse, but that was in Germany - guess the ones build over there are much better quality.
All passats in 2000 where assembled in Wolfsberg. Your assertion makes little sense.
The 10% to 20% ethanol in North American gasoline is to blame for fuel system problems and engine oil sludge. Auto manufacturers are fighting against the increasing ethanol content in North American gasoline. Stay away from the cheaper 87-89 octane gasoline and change your oil every 3 months or 3 thousand miles (whichever comes first). Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, GM and Toyota have also had oil sludge and fuel system problems.