2001 Volkswagen Passat Sport 1.9 turbo diesel 130PS from UK and Ireland
A chronically unreliable disappointment
Clutch and flywheel (UKP1300) at just 56k to solve clutch judder.
Rainwater soaked footwells thanks to pollen filter housing leak. The water going where it shouldn't also wrecked an expensive control unit that runs the alarm system (UKP550 all in with labour to strip the interior and dry it, and replace the control unit)
Drivers window regulator disintegrated (UKP150)
Front suspension bush wear (UKP350)
Uneven front tyre wear (can't be fixed)
Any good qualities it has (engine, styling, interior materials) completely overshadowed by disgraceful reliability. This was a VW main dealer supplied car and still has a full VW history.
My old Avensis wiped the floor with it as a piece of engineering.
Just under £2.5k worth of unscheduled repairs and component failures in the 3 yrs since the warranty expired. A supercar wouldn't cost much more.
Will never own another VW.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 1st June, 2007
27th Aug 2011, 15:03
My mate has a 1998 Porsche 911. A 10000 mile scheduled service costs him £2000, and his back boxes went on the exhaust too, £2000 a side. The problem is every car has its foibles and common faults; to think VW is any different to any other manufacturer, you would have to be dreaming.