I bought my w reg 1.8t when it was 4 years old with 107k on the clock. since then it has accumilated a further 76k miles and it still drives as well as when i got it. oil consumption is almost zero the water is fine,fuel though is another story(i do have a heavy right foot)!!at the moment i travel 21 miles to work and get an avg 29/30 mpg all motorway. ive only had two problems 1 being the airflow meter and one a binding rear brake.The equipment in the car are great especially the auto wipers! I will be in the market for another car very soon and am definetly getting another passat but this time a 1.9tdi 130 to save on fuel. you wouldnt get you an AUDI or BMW with the same equipment levels for passat money(and build quality is just as good).
I have had the same problem as Carl Graham - water getting into the engine oil. This is caused by the gromets in the gully between the windscreen & bonnet.
If you take out the rubber gromets - one is underneath the battery - and throw them away you will not get this problem. It has just cost me £1600 to repair my car as it was first thought that the head gasket had blown, which was not the case.
It is a design fault and the Audi has the same problem - Audi admits to it but VW will not.
There is nothing mentioned in the service book or on VW website about this problem. Has anyone else had this problem?
I am absolutely enamoured with this car (but please bear in mind I've just come from owning a Vectra DTi)! The engine is so smooth and refined, I have the Tiptronic version, it is great!
My only gripe is it has the turning circle of a bendy-bus, and the Tiptronic 'box doesn't hold onto the gears as well as some other autos I have driven. A sports mode would be great.
It is as economical as a Corsa to run, which is something for a big diesel. The blue-lit dash and the 6-CD autochanger is a pleasant sight. The seats are comfy and there's bags of space. I'm just not looking forward to paying £205 for the road-tax tomorrow...
This is my second company Passat Estate after having 1.9TDI 100 previously (not recommended - poor performance). Its a run out 2.0TDI 130PS model.
Pluses are a classy car with reasonable performance, equipment in Highline spec, room and run costs. It has towed our 18ft Burstner Caravan well.
Sadly there are several negatives. Poor handling & high oil consumption are inherent Passat issues but the cracked radiator, power loss due to faulty air mass meter (not the first I see) and side trim being pulled off the car (twice) when I open the back door I have struggled with in the clearly poorer built later car. All happened after the 60,000 mile warranty expired and were very expensive (for the leasing company) to fix - the last service bill topped £1000! This has led to too many visits to aloof VW dealers. The side trim I was told was damage I had done to the car causing the leasing company to initially refuse to pay for this "damage"... Strange how a car of similar age to mine in the next bay at the dealers had EXACTLY the same "damage".
I nearly chose a 2.0TDI 4motion estate to replace as I love VWs (we run an 04 Polo) but the Honda CRV with 90,000 mile warranty and (alleged) reliability won me over. Shame.
Overall a nice car but 2nd hand buyers (particularly of ex fleet cars) should be aware of the trim and air mass meter issues and make sure they are tended to in the service history. I nearly got rear end shunted by a Mondeo because of the latter.
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