2001 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8T from North America


Never again, VW!


Timing belt failure at 130000 KM.

A/C failure at 133000 KM.

Emissions problem at 145000 KM.

Emissions problem at 150000 KM.

ABS control unit failure at 155000 KM.

Ignition coil failure at 160000 KM.

Cam timing chain tensioner. Replacement at 165000 KM.

Ignition coil failure at 178000 KM.

Oil cooler failure at 1788000 KM.

General Comments:

This car is fun to drive -- when it works, which is not very often.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 26th March, 2010

2001 Volkswagen Passat GLX 4Motion 2.8 from North America


Incredible car, incredible value, fun, fast, reliable. Buy one!


Excellent car - nothing wrong!

General Comments:

Love everything about this car. 4Motion is awesome, ride and handling are excellent, and it's one of the most comfortable cars that I've ever owned and ridden in! These cars are steals as they're basically an Audi in VW clothing (price tag)!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st February, 2010

20th Mar 2013, 10:55

I 100% agree. Our '01 2.8 GLX 4motion now has 130,000 miles and costs between $500 and $1K per year to keep on the road (not including gas). The interior still looks awesome and there's zero rust on the body, despite a life in the Northeast. We use it almost exclusively as a commuting car, and it serves this purpose perfectly. Considering the cost of replacement, I'll keep fixing this car until the body or interior start to wear out.

2001 Volkswagen Passat SE 1.8 turbo from UK and Ireland


Excellent, comfortable estate car.


Cost £3,000 used, 7 years old, dealer service history.

Car was misfiring when I bought it, did the coils and air-mass meter, now runs perfectly.

Scuttle area drain hole plugs up with leaves, accumulates large volume of rain water under the battery, I now clean this out regularly.

Track-rod ends, near-side CV joint and off-side headlamp done at about 80,000 miles.

Electric fan for aircon system replaced at 85,000 miles.

Transmission oil and gear-stick knob and arm-rest cover changed.

General Comments:

Excellent car performance, very quick. The turbo-lag takes a bit of getting used to in 1st and 2nd, trying to make gear changes smooth.

Turbo cars have to be run on the highest quality fully synthetic oil 5W/40 in mine. I change it once a year regardless of mileage.

I do try to give the turbo a minute of cooling time at idle after each trip, unless the engine was not fully warmed up.

Never let me down yet, but it might be that the American cars are built somewhere where the quality control is not as good as in Europe.

Average 29 mpg, but I do short journeys.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th January, 2010

2001 Volkswagen Passat GLS 2.8 V6 from North America


I enjoy most everything about my VW Passat, except for some mechanical issues


After having the brakes and rotors replaced, about 1500 miles later, I noticed that the instrument panel began flashing "Brake Fault," then "Stop," and then "Check Manual." At first the warning lights came on periodically, Later they came on more regularly. I had the vehicle checked with computer testing equipment and nothing was found to be wrong.

Now, every time I start the car, there's three (3) beeps and then those messages appear and don't go away till the engine is shut off. In the mean time, the brakes appear to be fine and work excellently. Twice my sensor module was checked and found to be okay. Other that the annoying warning lights and beeps, the brakes are great.

My vehicle is a 2001 VW Passat with the 2.8 V6 engine, and it has 4 motion for the drive system.

I really like my Passat, but wish the annoying problem would go away.

General Comments:

My Passat handles great and has plenty of power.

I don't like the cost of repairs, though!

There are some odd ball issues with this vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th September, 2009

2001 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8T from North America




CV boots busted, $600.

Starter, $300.

Ignition coils replaced twice, $1600+

Oil cooler mixed oil in with coolant; new cooler and 3 flushes to get it clean, $1000.

Suction pump, $250.

Leaky pollen air filter let gallons of water into my car, dealership replaced due to recall and the $2,000 plus in damages to electrical system, but left the moldy ruined carpet.

Eats low profile tires like candy.

General Comments:

This car is a nightmare. Run away!!! Do not buy unless you love breaking down every 3-4 months and throwing money away. The most expensive car to fix. $27 spark plugs!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd September, 2009

11th Aug 2010, 08:28

I 100% agree with you!

This is the worst car I have ever owned, and now I have to dump it with a balance remaining on my loan, after throwing most of my savings into repairs over the past 3 years...terrible!

I don't think companies should be allowed to produce junk like this, and then monopolize the parts for replacement. All parts are at least double in price to most cars, and I am in the repair shop probably every 3 months with a major repair.

Buyer beware!