2003 Volkswagen Passat SPORT 1.9 TDI 130 from UK and Ireland
Typical VW build quality
4 new wheels replaced under warranty. Old ones were blistering.
Gearbox refurbished under warranty.
Rust on the rear tailgate. Dealer hadn't checked previous owner's poor repairs.
Dashboard has been removed and re-fitted. Rattled.
Driver's seat belt has been replaced. Wasn't returning preoperly.
Various creaks and groans from the interior trim.
Turbo stopped working one day. Loose pipes.
Replaced VW Golf TDI 130 with this Passat for more room for my family.
Typical VW reliability problems.
Dealer has been polite and efficient in resolving the problems. Despite having caused 1/2 of them themselves.
Cabin is gloomy, but the VW trademark blue illumination helps at night.
Mine's got the tinted windows in the rear which is excellent for passengers.
Fuel economy is excellent on longer journeys - around 47mpg. On shorter journeys - generally 40mpg.
Seats are exceptionally hard, so some people find them uncomfortable.
Performance is acceptable considering the vast size of the car.
VW roadside assistance will fix your car quickly and politely.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th January, 2006