2003 Volkswagen Passat GLX 2.6 V6 from North America
Living with a nightmare... don't buy a Passat
Rear brakes failed at 88,000 miles, $550 repair.
Both catalytic converters failed at 92,000 miles. Volkswagen charges $2,400 for repair.
CV boots fail, destroying the CV joints. Half shafts replaced at 97,000 miles. $650 repair.
Water leak develops in passenger foot well at 102,000. If passenger side floods, it can fry the computer under the passenger seat that controls the automatic transmission, costing thousands to replace. Window regulator seal has failed, leaking water into cabin ABOVE exterior door seal. I solved this myself with a $4 tube of GE Silicone, rather than go to VW at $100 an hour.
Purge valve fails at 103,000. $175 part from VW plus labor for installation.
Unless you are a mechanic or have a lot of free time to learn how to fix it yourself, this car will cost you a mint in repairs.
Beautiful car, great interior and great performance, but you can't enjoy driving it because you will be always waiting and wondering what will break next. Very expensive car to maintain and repair. So long Passat... good riddance!!!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 6th December, 2010