2004 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8 20v turbo from North America


Very good car for grandparents


Automatic transmission was replaced twice. This is with the Triptronic.

I have almost driven most available rentals by now.

I still feel uneasy about this new transmission as I feel a thump when stopping from time to time. It only happens down shifting.

Weather strip on sunroof under rails came off the second time I opened it.

The right side fog light is out. (I will assume its life is over and that's it). Will replace at my own expense.

General Comments:

The car is good looking and interior shows quality built.

Like the color of gauges. They are easy on the eyes at night.

Interior is quite and practical.

It drives well in fair weather, snow and rain and very well on sunny days.

Brakes are strong, though, the car weight makes you press pedal significantly hard when coming to a stop downhill at 35 mph.

1.8T engine has plenty of power and is good on gas.

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

Review Date: 3rd August, 2006

2004 Volkswagen Passat GL 1.8 turbo from North America


Good combination of performance, economy, and AWD


Driver center airconditioning vent broke. Replaced under warranty.

Primary airconditioning fan failed. Replaced under warranty.

Warped right front disc brake rotor.

General Comments:

Wanting good mileage, comfort, and AWD, this was my only choice. At the speed limit, I get 32 MPG with 90% highway miles. I’ve had up to 34 MPG when doing 55 to 60 MPH. The ESP and AWD work very well. During winter, I was doing the speed limit (25 mph) on an off camber curve. The late model Subaru wagon in front of me slid off the icy road and the Chevy Cavalier behind me spun out. The Passat w/Nokians held it’s line. Much better rear leg room than the Subaru Legacy Sedan. Roomy, quiet, and a great highway car. The motor is fine for the highway, but the small engine and turbo lag make it too much work for city driving. I’d probably go for the automatic or the V6 for mostly town driving. The AWD steals a noticeable amount of trunk space. The floor of the trunk is higher.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th June, 2006

2004 Volkswagen Passat Highline 1.9 TDi 130 from UK and Ireland


Spot on


Up-to now only the tracking needed doing.

General Comments:

Compared to my 406 HDi this is quick. Hard to stay in the speed limits!

Leather seats comfortable and the heaters in them can fry yer bum if set on 5!

Gear change smooth and very precise - no more fighting with the gearstick when changing.

406 slightly better with handling than the Passat, but Passat is better for ride quality.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th April, 2006

2004 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8Turbo from North America


Good alternative to the mainstream mid-size sedans


Window regulator failed.

Door lock failed.

Dashboard bubbling.

Engine light appears, but only when outside temp. is 30f or below.

Trip computer occasionally will not function.

Paint seems very thin as the cars gets scratched easily.

General Comments:

The Passat is a nice car, solid and stable at high speed as compared to the Japanese competition.

However, the constant minor problems take much of the enjoyment out of ownership.

My dealer has been given me excellent customer service. I wish I could say the same for VW.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd November, 2005

2004 Volkswagen Passat Sport 1.9tdi from UK and Ireland


So far worth the money I paid for it


Nothing is wrong yet.

General Comments:

Being a 130tdi sport estate, this vehicle has bit of get up and go.

The sport suspension means it handles the corners reasonably well without causing seasickness.

General attire of the interior is pleasing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd May, 2005

2004 Volkswagen Passat TRENDLINE 1.9 TDI 130HP from Czech Republic


Good value for money


Only very small things.

After 5000km something started rattlling in dashboard - repared by myself.

After 7 months wisher blades does not working well.

That is all.

General Comments:

This car is good compromise between price, power, comfort and running costs.

For 25.000 km added only one liter of engine oil.

Average consumption 6,3 liters of diesel for 100 kilometers.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st December, 2004

2004 Volkswagen Passat Sport 1.9 TDI PD 130PS from UK and Ireland


Refined transport, but let down by dynamics and reliability


Service indicator went faulty very early on and had to be replaced.

Intercooler pipework popped off on the M3, reducing performance to a crawl.

Intermittent "ticking" noise from top end of engine. Dealer noted it at service time, but hasn't managed to trace it and fix it yet.

A new one this week - temperature gauge has gone faulty. It works fine for about half an hour, and then the needle drops slowly back to zero until the ignition is switched off and back on again.

General Comments:

A very nice car in a lot of ways. It has a good quality interior, and the excellent 130 TDI engine and six speed box give very lively acceleration. It's also a refined, smooth drive, and in my opinion is still a good looking car.

What it isn't is either particularly reliable, or particularly enjoyable to drive. I estimate 95% of my driving is on motorways or major A-roads, and in this environment, the Passat excels. Noise levels are low, the tall 6th gear gives lazy cruising ability, the engine's torque makes overtaking effortless, and the seat comfort is excellent. However, on a recent run down to Cornwall which forced me onto the smaller, twistier roads, the Passat was no fun at all. It bounced and floated over uneven roads like a 250,000 mile minicab, and this combined with brakes and steering that have way too much assistance make it hard work and unrewarding in the lanes. Yet, the second you get back on dual carriageways and motorways, it returns to being smooth effortless transport again. For those who think that the Passat is just a family car and shouldn't be fun to drive, I did the same route in the (then 110,000 mile) Focus last year and came back grinning.

Reliability hasn't been horrendous, but neither has it been particularly good. Abnormal engine noise was picked up by the dealer at service time, but they could find no physical reason for it. It seems to perform okay, so fingers crossed. The intercooler pipework falling off was just embarrassing and smacks of poor quality control (it wasn't tightened properly at the factory apparently), and the temperature gauge can no longer be relied upon.

The Focus wasn't a paragon of reliability, but it was better than this in its first year. I still like the Passat, but its weaknesses are very frustrating.

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

Review Date: 15th December, 2004

14th May 2005, 04:18

You are right about the high maintenance cost of the Passat

And you do not have the V6 engine which I have. There all bills are a nightmare. Well if this will calm you down Audi charges more...

26th Sep 2006, 15:50

I recently drove one of these for the first time and while amazed by its torque and acceleration, could not believe how crude, vibratory and agricultural the engine was. Almost enough to ruin what was an otherwise very pleasant car. It would be enough to put me off at least.

2004 Volkswagen Passat GL 1.8 T from North America


I love it!


The stereo system stopped working four months after I got the car. Luckily, my warranty replaced it.

General Comments:

I love my car, it looks great and runs smooth. One point I want to share with the readers is that when you start moving from a complete stop (say a traffic light), the car is considerably slower than most of the cars with automatic transmission. Sometimes I think people change their lane to pass me, however, once you are on 3rd gear and higher, it is a joy to drive.

Handles great, and is indeed fuel efficient (4 cylinders).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th November, 2004

4th Feb 2005, 17:08

Most automatics are noticeably slower than their manual counterparts, so your acceleration problem is not down to the transmission. In the UK, the Passat 1.8T makes only 150 hp which I presume is the same as the US model. Not a lot really for a tonne and a half of car, even if the engine does have a lot of torque for its size.