2001 Volkswagen Passat wagaon V6 from North America


This was a very bad investment


The engine light was constantly coming on.

General Comments:

The engine light first came on after only a couple months of owning the car. It was all down hill from there. We had that car in the shop almost every other week. They took the whole engine out - put it back in and never could figure out what was wrong with it. It was truly a lemon. I specifically wanted a Volkswagen because I had heard they were safe and reliable. Boy, that couldn't be farther from the truth!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd November, 2005

25th Jan 2006, 02:22

Safe and reliable, I suspect it met that criteria.

The engine light coming on, whilst disappointing, did not prevent the car from running as you expected?

20th Dec 2006, 19:56

I have never owned A Volkswagen. And from the awful reviews I consistently read about them, I doubt I ever will.

2001 Volkswagen Passat V5 2.3 from UK and Ireland


Secure, comfortable, enjoyable family car


Nothing has gone wrong as yet.

When I bought the car, the 'service now' light was lit - and I was aware of VW's 40k or 4 year service, for which I was prepared.

General Comments:

Perfect mechanically.

Amazing build quality, doors, bonnet and boot give a satisfying 'thud' when closed.

Suspension is perfect, and gear changes sporty.

Great throttle response.

I was weary of some comments suggesting less response at low revs, but I haven't found this.

I’m amazed at how pleasant this car is to drive.

My one criticism would be the size. Transferring from a small two-seater to a mid-range luxury is a steep learning curve. Took about a week, and parking isn’t spot-on yet. Rear window visibility could have been better, and I would have preferred parking sensors.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st October, 2005

4th Oct 2005, 09:48

Isn't that an in-line 5, not V5?

The new 5cyl motors sound bad on start-up in the U.S. IS that the same over there?

2001 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8L turbo from North America


Adore the car, but am convinced of VW's faulty engineering


Rear brake pads and rotors replaced at 3 months old (dealer.

All four engine coils replaced per unofficial recall.

Front center console lost power, needed a new spark plug.

Throttle body became clogged with dirt, causing near engine failure when idle at stoplights at 50,000 miles.

Bottom panel came loose while driving on the highway, but did not fall all the way off (all, but 1 bolt fell off)

Had sliced vacuum hose at 55,500 miles.

The engine spit out a spark plug at 60,000 miles.

Had a cracked wheel at 60,000 miles.

Just had rear brake pads replaced at 60,000 miles, and am going to have to take the car in for full rear rotor repair (have never had front pads replaced)

Emergency brake handle is starting to peel, which is odd, because I touch it maybe 4 times a day.

General Comments:

I am in love with my car. When I first bought it, the turbo engine performed beyond expectations. The Monsoon stereo system is excellent, and I relished the heated seats in cold winters.

However, the unexpected repairs are mounting in expense and I don't think I should have to repair the brakes this many times over the life of any car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 9th May, 2005

22nd May 2005, 15:16

With just 12000 Miles, my wife's 2001 VW Passat V 6 needed new rear brakes. When braking the car was shaking.

6th Jul 2005, 19:02

My 2002 Passat has had two sets of rear brake pads and rotors already. The last were installed 13,000 miles ago, and are starting to shimmy again. I was told I must be braking too aggressively. Come on! Should I really expect to replace rear brake pads and rotors three times before 50,000 miles?

5th Apr 2006, 18:54

If you are driving a stick, maybe you should try downshifting. If you are driving automatic, stop riding the asses of the people in front of you. This should help you out with your brake pads.

10th Jan 2007, 05:43

Just replaced the rear brakes *again* after driving only 16,000 miles in my 1999 Passat. It's a great car except for the high maintenance. I've put low mileage on it (2000/year) which seems to make for more problems. The brakes corrode and the battery even went dead simply because the car was not driven for 2 months while I was traveling.

10th Jan 2007, 17:37

Yeah, try changing your driving style. My Jetta GLI is just getting new pads and rotors at 41,000 miles, and I brake often, so you must be intense. And to the last comment - drive your car. It's not surprising at all that your battery died after sitting for two months.

9th Apr 2007, 06:52

I hate this car. For an expensive car it really has a lot of 'hiccups' which is what the VW repair service called it when my radio stopped working for no reason. And it was more hiccups when my instrument panel had to be replaced TWICE because it would just blank out while driving. Or the hiccup when all the interior lights would go out while driving (at night!) - good excuse for speeding I guess since I couldn't see what the speedometer said.