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.

General Comments:

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.

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