I bought this car in October 06. It’s an 02 passat had 75k miles. The Interior is depressing and rattles like mad, The whole dash moves when going around a sharp corner. The whole car is very low to the road and when driving bumpy country roads the whole thing hits the road! Power is very good and gear changes are very smoth. Fuel economy is excellent. If I drive about 75-80 ish on the motorway I get between 50-54mpg and if I drive easy and keep off the brakes as much as I can I can get between 55-62mpg! I have had too many problems with this car. Suspension, Drives , Electric’s , So beware this car will be expensive to maintain as the miles clock up! As soon as I can I will be changing this car. Our tax on cars in Ireland is very high 25% on 1.9 engine, 30% on a 2.0 engine. And that applies to second-hand cars imported too! So I think I, like many will have to downsize as maintenance on high mileage cars is to expensive!
This VW Passat is my first car, but I wanted one because my mum has previously owned one, and I thought it was excellent. She had a Y-registered 2.0 S. I have a 1.8T Sport, W reg, the old shape.
The 1.8T has much more go about it and isn't much less economical so I recommend it over the 2.0. The handling is undoubtedly geared more towards a comfy drive than a sporty one, even in Sport trim.
The only two problems I have with it are the bleep every time I turn the ignition to say when the service is due, and the cost of the insurance for me, a 17-year-old male.
Put it this way, it's close to the value of the car!
Seems that most of the reviews here are based on expectation vs reality. My (Company) 1.8T Sport has way exceeded my initial expecations, despite one or two electrical niggles which have been fixed under warrenty, and a leaking radiator. It's quick and I've found it handles well on the sports suspension. Standard equipment is excellent (6 CD changer / rain sensitive wipers / interior light pack / auto dimming mirror / cooled glove box etc). I'm due to change it later this year and I'm unsure whether to continue with the new Passat (SEL 170 Diesel or 2.0T Sport) or convert to Audi A4 / BMW 3 series. The Audi and Beemer are not much more expensive in lease costs, but you need delve into the options list to get the kit which is standard on the Passat ; we'll see...............
Dissapointing is the best word I can use to describe this car.
The Passat was never intended to be a sporting car, but the handling is way below standards set by others in its class; the grip is good but there is excessive body roll and the car tends to pitch when driven with any degree of enthusiasm.
The interior looks great, but there is too much hard plastic used in the dash and door panels, all of which have now started to creak and rattle.
The engine does deliver punchy performance and is probably the one saving grace of this car, power delivery starts early and keeps comming almost to the red line. Fuel consumption averages around 42 MPG although never quite matches the 50+ claims I see bandied about.
The Passat, at 62k with a full VAG service history, has developed one fault after another; switchgear, radiator, water pump, electric windows etc. The last three are common faults.
These would not normally be a big issue in the life of a car, but due to the design and layout of the engine compartment, the whole front of the car [bumper, headlights, radiator, aircon etc.] has to be dismantled to carry out ANY work at the front of the engine. VAG laughingly call this "extended service mode". Each time this adds around £250 of labour to an otherwise simple job.
These are all known issues and had I researched more thoroughly before I bought this model, I would have made a more informed decision.
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Owned for 1 year, as family runabout Pros good size, general build quality, powershift gearbox, good to drive, low costs Cons handling slighly…
Had this car for 90k from new. A 56 plate. In over 2,000,000 miles driven this one has broken down the most of any car I have had. DO NOT get a 2.0…