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.

General Comments:

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

2004 Volkswagen Passat 1.8 turbo from North America


What a piece of crap; costs as much in maintenance as the car originally did


4 window motors.

Warped rotors twice.

Turbo replaced.

Flex pipe.

Both front axles.

Water pump.

Rattles everywhere from inside and out.

Tie rods.

Ball joints

Two speakers stopped working.

What hasn't gone bad.

General Comments:

This car is slow and gets horrible gas mileage for being a 4 banger.

I thought VW had good build quality; guess not, it has way too many rattles inside the cabin.

Horrible in snow.

Non power seats; you have to reach behind you to adjust, they only adjust a certain way; very uncomfortable!!!

So much for german engineering.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th August, 2009

2004 Volkswagen Passat Athene 2.0 turbo petrol from Germany


Great value for money


No major issues as I read in this forum... I have only had regular maintenance issues.

General Comments:

Great car in terms of the drive, comfort, looks, safety...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 21st October, 2008

2004 Volkswagen Passat Wagon 1.8 turbo Gas from North America


Love it and hate to get rid of it..


L.E.D information cluster not functioning properly, back seat power supply flip-out tray lasted 3 months after purchase, recently replaced oil pump and several other internal engine components that were not covered under my bumper to bumper manufacturer warranty. At this point I don't have much faith in the V.A.G group when it comes to honoring their obligation to a warranty. I purchased a 20th anniversary GTI shortly after purchasing the Passat wagon. I'm considering trading them both in on something more reliable. Both my cars have been serviced with full synthetic oil since purchase.

General Comments:

Handles great at all speeds, very quick for a wagon. Cheap on gas.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th May, 2008

2004 Volkswagen Passat Highline Estate 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland




Brake wear warning light comes on intermittently (mostly when it is very cold -10 deg up in the mountains), even though there is 4/5 mm left on the pads. Not a real problem. Suspect the wear limit is set high to cover the risk of brakes wearing out without you noticing.

Slight vibration noise from engine at 1500 revs. Checked under warranty - VW didn't identify problem officially, but a mechanic mentioned he had heard something similar with a Skoda Octavia. Found to be slightly loose air intake pipes - I eventually fixed with gaffer tape. Vibration has stopped!

General Comments:

Goes like a bat out of Hell! - watch out for speed cameras !

Really luxurious on a long run and very very comfortable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd February, 2008

3rd Feb 2008, 08:12

I think the conservative pad warning is more in the hope that you will just book your car into a VW dealer for new pads without checking them. Most people would just blindly follow the warning.

If they can get even 50% of Passat owners to replace pads with 5mm left, that's a lot of extra brake pads VW are going to sell, and a lot of easy margin for both VW's spares division, and VW dealer service departments. You and I know, 5mm is enough for an easy 5,000 miles of worry free motoring under most conditions - a lot of people wouldn't.

2004 Volkswagen Passat GL 1.8T from North America


A good alternative to Japanese models


Tiptronic would not shift down in "manual mode".

Condensation in headlamp.

General Comments:

Both problems promptly fixed by courteous dealer under warranty.

This is my second Passat (first was a 2000 V6 GLS Wagon, which was excellent apart from a failing water pump at 40K).

Beats the pants off Camrys & Accords. Build quality light years ahead of American cars.

MPG: 22 town,30 highway. Premium gas.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th September, 2007