2004 Volkswagen Passat GLS Wagon 1.8 turbo from North America
Nice car, but not worth the trouble
CV boot (driver side).
CV joint (passenger side).
Front left upper control arm.
On-board computer goes blank and/or resets once in a while.
Alternator is noisy, will need to be replaced soon.
Secondary air injection pump noisy when the engine is cold.
Rear wiper washer failed...
... and as a result the tailgate lock is not working properly, as well as the trunk light is not working.
The seat heaters are not working properly: barely warm on 4 and very hot on 5. 1-3 gives no heat at all.
Water in left taillight and right headlight assembly.
Hood lock needed to be replaced.
Driver's window switch.
Handling is awesome for a family wagon.
Engine is very strong once the turbo kicks in. Effortless passing on back roads.
Very roomy trunk and the seats fold flat.
Fit and finish is above standard for the class, materials are very good.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 21st September, 2009