2002 Volkswagen Passat SE Estate 2.0 20v from UK and Ireland
Nothing more than a seriously dull vehicle for carrying things in
The weak suspension can't take British roads, so required lots of replacement parts.
Clutch wore out, but that is to be expected.
Tailgate handle needed taking apart and cleaning to work again.
Used a lot of engine oil; apparently normal.
A/C needed gassing.
Like most VWs, overrated. Build quality actually not all that, and not as rattle free as the previous car, a 3 year older and 30k more miles Vectra!
The handling is poor, very soft, and the ESP cuts in way way too soon. Despite that, the ride wasn't brilliant either; unladen it was thumpy and rough, and fully loaded it was spongy and wallowy. Maybe new shocks would have fixed this, but hey.
The engine consumed oil as if it was being burnt, but apparently that's normal for the 20v engine. For a modern 5v engine design, power and economy was down on rival models. Really suffered fully loaded and MPG was poor generally.
It was huge in the boot though, and we did load it fully once and it was incredible what we packed in, but the rest of the time the car was so tedious as to be invisible!
The blue dash lights look good, but gave me sore eyes after a few hours of night driving.
Surprisingly good stereo, really impressive for standard kit.
The very complex front suspension is quite weak and expensive to fix correctly. Also all engines are belt driven and all models have dual mass flywheels, so can be pricey to keep going if you need to go to a garage.
The only advantage it has is the badge on the nose; other cars are far better to drive and own.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 12th September, 2014