2004 Volkswagen Passat Highline 1.9 TDi 100 from UK and Ireland
Perfect reliability and build quality
Nothing wrong in 3 years/76,000 miles.
This is not my car, but a car in the fleet that I manage. It stood out as the most reliable car we have, requiring nothing other than standard servicing.
The car is a pleasure to drive, quiet and comfortable with a very high spec. The build quality is very high, and the fit and finish is pretty much perfect.
The only let down with the car is the TDi 100 engine is underpowered for a large heavy car like this. The TDi 130 would be a better choice, but the 100 was cheaper for a company to run, and provided the driver with a lower tax burden. Also, second gear seems trickier to engage then other gears.
MPG is good at 43-47, but considerably lower than the lighter Golfs that achieve 49-54 on our fleet.
The only other problem with the brand is that the local main dealer is absolutly SHOCKINGLY bad customer service. I would continue to purchase VW's for the fleet, but we will use independent VW specialists in the future.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th August, 2006
6th Mar 2007, 06:22
The car is now being returned with a mileage of near 90,000.
NOTHING has ever gone wrong with the car, the build quality is solid and the car drives as new with 90,000 on the clock. There is not even the slightest amount of smoke from the exhaust, even when cold. Simply incredible!
If our budget covered it, I would replace all our fleet cars with these as they are so hassle free to run (as long as you find a good independent dealer, like we have, as our 2 local VW garages are SHOCKING in service)
6th Mar 2007, 14:22
This is great to hear! :)