2001 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8 turbo from North America
Not a car for long haul ownership
Check engine light and emission control lights.
Liked the car and the utility it offered in being able to transport 2 German Shepherds and humans very comfortably over long distance drives.
Gas mileage was pretty good, averaging 27 mpg on long hauls, with 24 mpg averaging in mixed driving.
Liked how the steering became heavier the faster the car was driven. Felt planted and secure at speeds.
The turbo had some noticeable lag, especially when taking off from a standstill, necessitating a more eager push of the accelerator pedal.
Unfortunately today, while driving the dogs to their off leash hike, the engine compartment combusted, requiring a 911 call to extinguish the flames on a vehicle with only 78,000 miles!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 6th November, 2010