2004 Volkswagen Passat TDI 130pd 1.9 from UK and Ireland
Excellent reliability, running costs and performance.
Intercooler hose perished and had to be replaced.
CD changer only worked intermittently.
55 MPG motorway! 45 MPG urban. Genuinely the best running costs I've seen yet. Auto box was smooth and quiet. Engine was smooth and felt far more powerful than 130bhp. Great low end torque. Brakes were always good. Handling left a bit to be desired, but considering the size and weight of the car, nobody should be expecting top marks for cornering. That said, very easy to park with good visibility. Great comfort, good space in the back, and the boot size is OK.
Genuinely wish I'd never gotten rid of the Passat. I know it's still running today with over 185k on the clock. Bet you that lump is still running sweet as a nut too. Excellent car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th March, 2018
27th Mar 2018, 10:51
The late 1990s and early 2000s Passat was always a good car. These were the last of the good diesels, because they were simpler. The more modern ones from about 2005/6 onwards had DPF (Diesel Particle Filters), DMF (Dual Mass Flywheel) fancy injectors and other stuff that causes no end of problems when they get older.
27th Mar 2018, 21:24
Good cars, if you ignore the gremlins. Have fun with the window regulators.
28th Mar 2018, 07:00
As do all diesels from all manufacturers from then on.