2001 Volkswagen Passat Sport 130 Tdi PD 1.9 TDi PD from UK and Ireland


Economic executive car for family saloon price!


The dealer filled the fuel tank with unleaded petrol, which necessitated a few days in the workshop for the fuel lines and tank to be flushed/cleaned before I took delivery.

No other problems.

General Comments:

Typically German car with solid firm seats and handling. Ideal for motorway travelling, which is what it was purchased for.

Have found the Tip-tronic gearbox and additional 20bhp on the old model have increased fuel consumption. I can only manage about 45 mpg compared to low 50s.

The standard equipment that comes with the car makes it very good value for money: Climate control; Auto-changer CD stereo; Dual and side impact air-bags; Traction control; Automatic windscreen wipers; Trip computer.

With the added extras of: Leather, Cruise control and parking sensors, this is almost an executive car for a family saloon price.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th March, 2003

2001 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8T from North America


Total waste of money


Engine coil replaced twice.

Glove box latch replaced.

Gas gauge replaced.

Rotors replaced.

Headlamp replaced twice.

General Comments:

I've owned this car for just over a year and it has had far too many problems.

It drives great. That is the only positive remark I have for it.

The reliability at 10K miles is unacceptable for even a Dodge Neon. I will never buy a VW again. I am going back to Japanese cars. I will give up something in build quality to get back a reliable vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd March, 2003

8th Jan 2004, 13:04

I totally agree.

5th Apr 2004, 12:46

I could not agree more. I leased my 2001 Passat in September 2002, and I have put more money into it in repairs (rotors, coils, plugs, wires, replacement headlamps, etc.) than I have paid in monthly lease fees. I wish I could get out of my lease early so that I can go back to driving a Nissan. I never did anything, but replace windshield wipers and get the oil changed on them, and they lasted me forever. I will never consider a Volkswagen again.

2001 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8T from North America


Way more fun than other large cars


*NOTE* This is a 2001.5 model year Passat, which is essentially the same as a 2002. It has the chrome detailing and 170hp 1.8T engine.

This car has had no major mechanical or electrical problems. It had some minor cosmetic issues while still under warranty: the sun roof wasn't quite seated correctly and it left marks on the velour, and the front moulding over the windshield was loose). These were corrected quickly and the damaged sun-roof interior replaced by the dealer under warranty.

My only major complaint about the vehicle is the velour interior; velour that is this "sticky" should never find its way to where it will come in contact with any clothes at all. Everything sticks to it - sweater fuzz, polar fleece fuzz, hair, etc. I will either trade up or reupholster after another year or two. I have the beige velour; perhaps the gray velour is more forgiving.

General Comments:

I was surprised and dismayed to find the many poor reviews of this vehicle on CarSurvey. I have had no maintenance costs to date, although I do anticipate that in the US german car repairs will cost at least 2x more than US or Japanese cars.

I have driven it through the mountains in snowy conditions (Lake Tahoe area) ; I have driven it for over 12 hours continuously (from San Francisco to Salt Lake). The anti-slip regulation on the drive train is fantastic - it got me out of some situations in Tahoe that would have required AWD or some serious pushing otherwise.

I bought the car because I wanted something sporty, but still large enough to cart my friends around. I have driven many Jettas, Bugs, and Passats (a former employer ran a business around these vehicles, and I drove over 30). I would have chosen the Jetta, but it wouldn't fit 4 friends easily. So, yes, I am 24 and single with a "family sedan," but it's about as sporty as you can get for the size short of spending $40k on a 5-series!

Performance? I love it. It handles extremely well, although it does have more body roll than the 3-series BMW. The steering is great, and the engine really gives me punch as long as I remember to downshift (this is why I drive a manua!)

The interior is reasonably quiet at 90-100mph, and at 80mph it is very quiet; again, not as quiet as the BMW or Acura TL-S. I love the sunroof, which gives great ventilation without much noise or discomfort when the back windows are open.

Maybe next time I will buy an A4, but this was $10k cheaper and is _almost_ as fun as the A4s I've driven. Why pay for the 4 circles?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th February, 2003