2003 Volkswagen Passat Highline TDi 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland
Very comfortable car on country and motorway roads, with a powerful engine
Front headlight bulb blew. It actually exploded. Cost me 6 euro to buy a new one and 30 minutes to fit.
Car has a full service history with nothing major reported.
The engine in my Passat is the 130BHP one. It took me months to find the right engine, as I really wanted the 130BHP one. After viewing nearly a dozen cars for sale advertised as 130BHP, I soon realised after a quick test drive that they were not the 130BHP. Look at the tag in the boot for the KW of the engine is a dead give away. 98KW is the 130BHP version.
I'm 6'3", so I really needed a car with leg and head room. This car has plenty of it. The steering wheel is fully adjustable so it can move towards my chest unlike most cars, which only let you move the steering wheel up and down. Seats are fully adjustable and very comfortable.
Road noise is minimal and there is no wind noise. The car is very quick, but is in no way a sports car. It will roll to the left or right in corners, but it's not too severe. The suspension soaks up the bumps in the road, and the solid feel to the cars chassis makes for a very comfortable drive.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st January, 2009