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VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT Saloon 1996‑2005

4.5
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VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT Saloon 1996‑2005

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russmatthews

want a good car

VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT 1.9 Sport TDI 4dr (Review date: 13th October '14)

5

this is a good one to buy had 4 of them ... 3 sports and one high line ... make sure its got service history and make sure u top up with the correct oil

...it has to be pd..oil buy one of these cars and u wont be disapointed.... value for money

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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dissallusioned

DISAPPOINTED

VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT 1.9 SE TDI 100 4dr (Review date: 7th September '14)

3

Having owned several Peugeot 406 models that have been reliable and low running cost. I purchased a Vw ###### 1.#### saloon reg 2005 with 56.000 miles and full Vw main dealer service history, at 56.920miles 1 of the auxiliary belts that drive the power steering & alternator snapped, at 58.000 miles the clutch pulley on the alternator seized, 3 weeks later the passenger side foot well flooded with water, and the latest bad news is the glass on the driver door mirror has fallen off.

To say I am losing confidence in VW'S is an understatement.

Practicality

3 / 5

Reliability

3 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

3 / 5
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bwalls

Quality motoring

VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT 1.9 Trendline TDI 100 4dr (Review date: 22nd June '14)

4.8

Just about to sell this car and I feel its time to give an educated review.

Owned the car for 5 years and never had one day of trouble, it's always started, always run smoothly and never let me down.

Bought the Passat high line diesel (110) on a 54 plate with 30k miles on the clock which was a low mileage for a diesel at the time and over the 5 years of use I have covered 45,000 miles with ease. I know the engine is good and will easily do another 100,000 more and the bodywork will go before the engine does, true quality VW engineering.

The Passat is a great family car with ample space for all, easily seating 5 adults with a huge boot to store bags and cases.

It's easy to see why this model is a Taxi drivers favourite!

Fairly cheap to run, average is 41mph around town and over 50mph on the motorways, it's cheap on Road tax too, under £150 a year.

Overall a great experience from the car.

So would I have another Passat?

Yes, but not my next car as I feel like a change but this car has been fantastic but not memorable. The only bad point with the car, it does everything right without giving you that little buzz you need from time to time.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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hzatr

great car but not very reliable

VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT 1.9 Sport TDI 4dr Tip Auto (Review date: 2nd June '14)

4.3

A good car.

Pros:

Big, sporty and efficient car.Goes over 50 mpg.Very big boot. Smooth.

Cons:

A bit unreliable.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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danny2712

Great saloon

VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT 1.9 S TDI 130 4dr (Review date: 30th April '14)

5

I bought this car in 2006 with 90k on the clock as a replacement for my 3 series beemer. Kept it for almost seven years and 75k miles and it never missed a beat in all that time. Mpg was outstanding. On a 300 mile trip with the family and a packed boot it managed 58mpg. Plenty of room for adult passengers in the back ( I have my seat all the way back) and an excellent boot, easily swallowed up three suitcases, a pushchair plus. Whilst not rapid, certainly quick enough. Had it serviced every 10k miles and sold it with 165k on the clock to a friend. He has subsequently stuck a towbar on it and now tows a caravan round on it. Car is now sitting on 180k and feels as good as it did when I bought it. I changed it due to wanting a hatchback and for the sake of change. Service history is the key with these cars and most importantly don't skimp on the oil. I only used the best and it was definitely worth it in the long run.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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kparfitt

All in all a pleasure to own

VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT 1.9 SE TDI 130 4dr (Review date: 23rd April '14)

4.5

Having owned my passat for 6 years I found that now would be a good time to write a review on my experience before I sell it. It took me months to find one without space ship mileage and in the end had to settle for the SE spec rather than the sport that I desired, not a great deal of difference other than wheels and suspension set up really. The car I found had been privately owned, one owner, FSH, fifty four thousand from new, all the things we try to look for when buying. One thing I hadn't checked for was the dreaded common fault, the blocked plenium chamber ( the V shaped tray underneath the battery). Not knowing that this was a fault, or a re-call that had been and gone, I had landed my self with a rather annoying and an expensive fix. No local garage had the ability or technology to resolve this so off to my local VW dealer I go, where they kindly relieved me of £1200+VAT to install a new ECU, new wiring loom and central locking motors to two doors and boot lid. If you are going to test drive one of these, check the passenger foot well for water ( the ECU is under the passenger seat and this is also where the water ends up when the plenium is blocked) and also check the central locking performs correctly ( opens everything and locks everything ) because this is one of the main thing that is affected. Although this was a major outlay just after purchasing the car, for the last 5 and a half years the car has been faultless, never skipped a beat, now currently on 96k. The only thing it has needed has been two cv joints and bushes, at 92k. I would buy another one in replacement of this one, but ones with lower mileage are even harder to find now 6 years down the line.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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exhaustdust

A car to watch!

VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT 1.8T 20V Sport 4dr (Review date: 2nd February '14)

3.5

This is the 2nd, Passat 1.8 I have bought & the 1st turbo model; never again!

It's a lovely car to look at and to drive; bought it with 80,000 on the clock 18 months back with service history.

First problems came with engine surging, my usual garage unable to solve, cost me an "arm & a leg" at a VW garage with vacuum hose testing etc., & eventually a replacement airmass meter.

Now I have water in my engine oil, (head gasket on the way out), dipstick readings like vanilla whip!

Take a word of advice, stay clear of the turbo models!

Mine's for the scrap yard!

My previous 1.8L (non turbo) took me 186,000 miles, excellent car in all respects.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

1 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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dan12

Be careful when buying/viewing a TDI Passat.

VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT 1.9 Sport TDI 4dr (Review date: 13th December '13)

4.8

Unfortunately I bought my Passat privately and being clueless ended up with essentially a pile of scrap.

It was a beautiful blue Sport version and I loved it to bits. A few days after buying it I noticed the whole engine block would shake and it would shake the car (once it was warmed up) The idle got very very rough and it was like the car was going to stall when it was idling.

Please if you are thinking of buying a Diesel Passat let it warm up and take it for a good drive, lift the bonnet and if the engine is shaking or it's idling funny then walk away.

I took mine for a full diagnostics and the repair bill was an insane £1700 and guess how much I bought the car for a few months before?...£1700! I never did get it repaired and sold it on for peanuts to someone that could fix it cheaper. The whole cam shaft and lobes were worn away resulting in the shaking engine etc. These cars need FSH and the best quality oil to keep the cam shaft going.

Apart from this I really did love the car, it looked beautiful and pulled very well. I was extremely surprised at how fast it was for a big old thing!

Good luck!

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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rdbain

A solid saloon... it just glides!

VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT 1.8 20V Sport 4dr (Review date: 10th December '13)

4.8

Bought this car recently to replace my old nissan which was getting worse for wear, and at under £600 for a '99 I couldn't pass it up. There was almost no wear on the bodywork and just slight wear on the drivers seat (the usual suspect when sliding in and out I suppose), everything else was in great condition - it even had a £300 alpine disc player which looked pretty new, and a new battery fitted just weeks before at £117. I am very pleased with the handling and performance from such a big heavy car (compared to my old almera). I don't find it at all sluggish like some reviews I've read, but I suppose it's how it's driven and maintained over the years that counts. Fuel economy isn't too bad at around 35 to 40 average driving (I'm not heavy footed and that makes the difference) but it certainly has plenty of punch when I need it. Great purchase...

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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redalert

VW PASSAT 2.0 SE 2001 PETROL + LPG

VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT 2.0 SE 4dr (Review date: 12th October '13)

4.5

great car !!!

Own for last 6 years. No big problems at all. Mine is converted on LPG and from this moment done over 70.000 miles, saved big many in comfortable car :-)

Now with family 2+2 I need bigger boot, so car in sallon version is fine, but not perfect for family.

2 L engine is perfect to run, masterpice from VW.

Many times done over 1000 miles in 1 day without any problems !

Just changed oil, spark plugs, filters and break pads and its ready to go for another long term :-)

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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