Owned a 52 plate 2.3V5. One of the best and worst cars I have ever owned.
The best bit was the engine. A very underated 2.3 V5 unit that was lovely to drive and not as uneconomical as you might expect. 30+mpg was easily achievable and I'm not a slow driver. And mine was the tiptronic auto, making this mpg even more impressive.
The car was comfortable and drove well. But the dashboard creeked and rattled extremely badly.
But the worst bit, which was why I sold the car, was the endless electrical problems associated with the engine management system. VW 'fixed' it 3 times under warranty but it always reoccured. It was as if the engine was running on 3 cylinders - purely electrical, nothing to do with the engine itself. Eventually gave up and traded it in to an unsuspecting Jaguar dealer. Sorry!
This management system was not unique to the 2.3V5 model so be very wary of any engine warning lights - the dealers can't fix them
I bought a VW Passat expecting to find A high quality product but during my first 4 months of ownership I have become bitterly disappointed. My car is just under 4 years old, done 40000 miles and I have just booked it into a garage to have the CV Boots replaced as one is split and the other severely perished. All four hub caps on the alloy wheels are coroded, the gear stick gaiter is perished. My son owns a Passat of similar age and mileage and has identical signs of poor quality materials and has had his CV boots changed due to perished rubber. Whilst we both enjoy owning a Passat we are amazed that the items mentioned should be requiring attention at such low mileage and age and have discovered from other Passat owners that the faults I have mentioned here are very common. Shame on VW as the problems are common knowlege throughout the motor trade and VW has done absolutely nothing to improve the quality of materials through the years the 1999 - 2005MY Passat has been in production. My other gripes refer to the boot, whilst large enough in capacity, the aperature is small and the boot lid struts, despite fitting brand new ones, very often fail to raise the lid to its full extent without manual assistance. I previously owned a Renault laguna for many years and none of these problems ever arose.
I have a 2.8 V6 4motion on an 03 plate and I love the car. Yes it is a bit thirsty avg around 25 mpg but it does not seem un-common in this size engine class. I could spend my money on a new avg size hatch but they are know way near as much to drive as this. Corners very well as you would expect with a pleasent grunt to howling sound from the engine. Very comfortable is well made and full of goodies. I have also had quite a few complementry remarks from passers by saying how nice it looks. Now people don't say that about your avg family hatch do they......
I bought this car in May 2006 in St. Helens, an ex-fleet car with 109k miles on the clock with a full VW service history.
The car is comfortable, well built, torque-y and very economical on fuel, averaging 50-55 mpg overall.
But in the two years I have had the Passat, it has had a catalogue of problems which have been expensive to fix.
Both CV joints in the front suspension had to be replaced, intercooler pipe blew off, two front suspension rods replaced. ABS brake servo unit replaced after brake pedal seemed to sieze up while driving. Light switch unit replaced after front and rear lights failed on the left hand side of car, drivers door electric window motor unit replaced after failing also.
The servicing costs of this car seem to get higher and higher as the miles pile up. It now has over 140k miles on the clock and I want to sell before at bankrupts me as the last service bill was £650.
Having said all this I would still buy another one because the car itself is excellent in every other way and looks almost as new as day one, but I would definatley buy a far lower mileage version.
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