2003 Volkswagen Passat TDI Comfortline 1.9 turbo diesel from Finland
Excellent highway sedan
Alternator clutch blew at 144000km; replaced at a cost of 150 euros.
Some high pitched, squeaking noise, when the air conditioning is engaged. Most likely it's from the belt or one of the belt wheels.
Considering the odometer reading, there have been very little extra repairs. And the extra repairs (mentioned above) that had to be done; they have been very reasonably priced at the dealer.
Though this is the low power 100bhp version of the 1.9TDI Passat, the 250Nm of torque pushes this car very nicely. Overtaking is very easy, and you can feel as the turbo wakes up at 1900 rpm.
Seats are very comfortable and I can get an excellent driving position, though I'm 185cm tall (6' 2").
Fuel economy of the car is phenomenal; I live 100km (62 miles) away from my work, and thus I drive at least 1000km every week. I can continuously get fuel consumption at around 5.3 L/100km (app. 45 US mpg). This car really saves money!!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th August, 2007