2001 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8T from North America
2 coil packs blew one after the other.
Brakes squeaked frequently.
Very high maintenance vehicle.
Such a disappointment. I was thrilled to purchase this car at first.
The car handled well and was fun to drive.
However, after a few months of driving it it started to show problems.
The running lamps blew out 4 months after I got the vehicle.
The panel lights went off while driving at night.
One of the bulbs that I replaced a couple of months ago burned out already.
Coil packs are short circuiting. Broke down twice in a month because of this known issue.
Volkswagen will not do a recall on this issue and will only replace the coil packs when they fail. Very inconvenient way of fixing problems. Makes you worry while driving the car.
Brakes easily wear out, must replace the rotors each time the pads wear out.
This car requires high maintenance and is unreliable.
I will never buy a vehicle from this manufacturer.
Glad to be rid of it. Traded the car today.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 28th December, 2002
21st Jan 2003, 18:48
Hi, I saw your note that you posted regarding your VW Passat ignition coils. I hope you don't mind that I contacted you. I spoke and wrote to VW Customer Care after my second coil blew. They advised that I request through my dealer (I'd put it in writing) that VW replaces all of the coils under warranty. They mentioned that they will try and honor these request, after they get their coil supplies back to normal.
Unfortunately, they would not give this to me in writing.
I also encourage you to please file a complaint with: http://www.nhtsa.gov/ and your Better Business Bureau.