Used Volkswagen Passat Saloon 2001 - 2005 review

Category: Family car

Section: Ownership cost

Volkswagen Passat Saloon (99 - 05)
  • Volkswagen Passat Saloon (99 - 05)
  • Volkswagen Passat Saloon (99 - 05)

Ownership cost

What used Volkswagen Passat saloon will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Volkswagen Passat saloon?

Passats cost more than most to run, but strong second-hand values reduce the whole-life cost of ownership. Servicing is needed every year or 12,000 miles, although from 2004 the intervals became variable - sensors keep tabs on the oil and other essentials and tell the driver when work is needed. Bills aren't too scary and can be reduced by using a knowledgeable local garage rather than a franchised dealer.

Spares are fairly priced and the car's ranking has improved over successive JD Power customer surveys so that it's now rated as above average for reliability.