2001 Volkswagen Passat 4 cylinder turbo from North America
It's a lemon
Dealer broke 2 hub caps.
O2 sensor has been replaced twice.
Two sets of rotors and brake pads replaced.
Numerous headlamps and tail lights have been replaced.
Headlamp socket melted and had to be replaced.
All the bolts have fallen out of the oil pan shield twice, causing the shield to fall down while driving.
Brought the car home from the dealer and checked the oil, and the whole dip stick mechanism pull out.
Sudden disappearance of oil. One week oil okay, then another week later 2qts are gone, but the dealer says that happens.
Had to switch to all synthetic oil to prevent sludge.
Replaced ignition coils three times.
Have had four hub caps fall off while driving.
Engine light came on and had to have to car towed to the dealer. Had to have the engine flushed to remove sludge build up.
Car just died, and I am replacing the battery for the second time.
The car handles and drives great when it is not in the shop. The car has cost me more in maintenance than all the cars combined that I have owned over the last 30 years. I have owned VWs in my earlier years, and loved them, but we will never purchase another one.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 12th June, 2010
14th Jun 2010, 15:52
A lemon is the rare car that has a multitude of problems. With VW, this is designed into the vehicles. Calling them lemons would be inappropriate.
16th Jun 2010, 06:12
Passats are a bag of trouble from 2001 onwards. I had a TDI one, and every couple of months something needed replacing. In Ireland Passats are very common due to good fuel economy, good looks and comfort, but the heater rad went, then a sensor on the turbo, then the dash clocks went haywire, speedo. Then the electric window motors went, and the timing belt kit costs a fortune when it's due. When it needed the annual NCT test, everything underneath was worn, they have so many suspension bits. This car had 120 thousand miles on it and a full service history, I was very disappointed. Bring back the the good old days with good old cars, the days you could buy a car for a few hundred quid, drive it for a year, and never have to open the bonnet.