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VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT Saloon 1996‑2005

4.5
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VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT Saloon 1996‑2005

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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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gudeep

HORSE

VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT 1.9 Sport TDI 4dr (Review date: 29th September '13)

4.5

IVE HAD A FORD FOCUS 1.6 PAST 10 YRS AND AM BORED OF HOW SLOW IT IS, SO I GAVE IT TO THW WIFE AS SHES A NEW DRIVER...

SO I FOUND A 1.9TDI SPORT VW PASSAT AFTER 7 MONTHS OF LOOKING,AS THESE CARS SELL QUICK.

IT DRIVES GOOD. ALOT OF POWER LIKE A HORSE WANTING MORE.DIALS AT NIGHT ARE NICE.6 SPEED BONUS.

PD ENGINES RELIABLE. ARMREST HANDY.YOU CAN FEEL THE POWER WENFY SPORTS SEATS.

BIG BOOT, ENOUGH FOR A DOUBLE PRAM IF U WANT TWINS.

U ALSO NEED TO NO TO CHANGE THE TIMING BELT WITH WATER PUMP EVERY 60,000 MILES.

DOWN SIDE MAYBE GLOVE BOX TOO SMALL.

APART FROM THAT YES GET ONE IF U CAN THE 1.9TDI SPORT AS THERE RELAIBLE AND GOOD FAMILY CARS.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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petercoysh

Mr Peter Robert COYSH Portslade Volkswagen Passat TDI 130 SE 2002

VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT 1.9 SE TDI 130 4dr (Review date: 8th June '13)

4.5

Perhaps since I am a regular reviewer you wil this time publish my comments for everyone to read? If NOT I shall be watching I will NEVER submit anything to your site again. I recently purchased a second-hand one owner Volkswagen details as above with a fairly high mileage, but with a good service history and in fantastic condition both inside and out. It is quite fast considering it is a diesel, in its standard form = 130 BHP it pulls strongly in each and every gear but literally comes into its own when travelling on long distance Motorway journeys. That said, it is a good ride, has no knocks rattles or other annoying noises, and is a very capable family saloon. It returns regularly 48 - 50 MPG depending on road conditions has a spacious cabin and is adequately equipped. I have had my vehicle performance chipped by a specialist "diesel" tuning company, and it now returns 163 BHP and over 358 NMs of torque! It is now a very capable car, with economy, performance, and luxury equipment what more can you ask for What a CAR!

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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cyleung

Comfortable but let down by the teeth problems.

VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT 1.6 SE 4dr (Review date: 7th June '13)

3.8

We had our 1998 Passat,1.6 SE since 2000, it was a VW dealer demo. 89 m on the clock ( 110000 m now) and it has few extra such as full cream leather interior, 16" alloy, climate control, electrical sunroof. (The comfort is the main reason why we still keep the car). The 1.6 engine works very well around town and motorway but just a bit noise at the high rep. otherwise is stable and smooth. The fuel consumption was 25mpg around town and 35mpg on a long run. The interior space and the boot is massive ( but less practical than the estates). It had quite a lot of teeth problems since we bought it such as central lock, 2x to change the air conditioning hoses (£300 each time ), clutch,cv joint, wheel bearing, the most expensive bill was over £2000. I won't recommend the Passat if you are expecting a reliable, low cost maintain car.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

3 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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uniquec

Comfort

VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT 1.8T 20V SE 4dr (Review date: 27th April '13)

4

I had an Audi A3 2.0TFSI 57 plate it got written off as some youngsters hit it outside my house. I decided to downgrade and got this car I have a little one on the way it has been good so far apart from having to get a new ignition coil it drives like a dream! I just seem to have problems with the remote fobs.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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stedall

Great "Q" car, fun to drive, v. expensive to service and run

VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT 4.0 W8 4MOTION 4dr (Review date: 19th March '13)

4.3

This is the second W8 Passat I have owned. I guess I'm addicted ?

The W8 is powered by an eight-cylinder, 270 bhp, 4 litre engine.

The model is very rare indeed. When new it was priced (almost ten years ago) at £35k. Unsurprisingly, few were sold in the UK at this price, perhaps c. 216 of which c. 155 presently remain on the road.

My current 2003 W8 I bought with 50k miles on the clock for £5k.

Following a technical inspection I needed to spend another £3k on repairs to its brakes and cooling system.

Since then I have needed to replace the gear-box on the car, this included the torque-convertor. This cost £4k.

Because of the tight fit of the W8 engine in its compartment, any significant repair requires the engine be lifted out, this adds considerable servicing hours to what should be minor repairs.

Clearly from a strict financial perspective it is madness to have spent £12k on a car with a street value of £5k.

However, the W8 provides a unique driving experience, powerful, quiet, with 0 to 60 in under 7 seconds. The top speed of the car is electronically limited to c. 155 mph.

The car idles at c. 500 rpm. At 70 mph the car cruises at 2,000 rpm, i.e. one-third of its max 6,000 rpm.

The car is immensely powerful and quiet. Its permanent 4WD means that its 270 bhp never causes wheel slip, no matter how wet the road. Snow is not a problem, especially when fitted with Michelin winter tyres.

On motorway journeys I get 31 mpg, around town this falls to c. 12 to 15 mpg.

However, the car was designed as a fast autobahn cruiser, not for a shopping trip to Tesco's.

Would I advise you to get a W8 ? Only if you can pick up a low mileage model. Certainly get a technical report on the car.

Have the satisfaction of driving a superb and rare eight-cylnder 4WD machine in under-stated clothing. But be prepared for high costs in fuel consumption and parting with big bucks if something significant goes wrong. Taking out an extended warranty policy is advisable (if you can get one).

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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cartopdog

- VW Passat Automatic - Top Family Car

VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT 1.8T 20V Sport 4dr Tip Auto (Review date: 6th March '13)

4.8

I have checked several cars suitable for an average family, and this car suits me the best. Built to last, and good value for money.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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