Used Volkswagen Passat Saloon 2001 - 2005 review

Category: Family car

Section: Ownership cost

2001 - 2005 review
Volkswagen Passat Saloon (99 - 05)
  • Volkswagen Passat Saloon (99 - 05)
  • Volkswagen Passat Saloon (99 - 05)
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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.

Insurance range from group 8 to 17 (for the 2.8), but most models sit within groups 10-12, which is average for family cars.

Likewise, fuel economy isn't too bad. The smaller petrol engines will average 30mpg, the 1.9 diesels should better 40mpg, and only the 2.8 will dip into the 20s.