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review by: thedonscork

Extremely expensive to maintain and not as reliable as people think. Warranty Directs yearly 'Reliability Index' proves this too despite what those clowns on Top Gear would have you believe. Lots of wear on front suspension, cv joints, cv boots, ball joints, arms and links all need maintaining or replacement regularly. Strong economical engine, some issues with EGR valve, injectors and air flow meters though. Servicing at VW dealers will bankrupt you..

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review by: denisod

Massive! The boot is huge and with the seats folded flat you could live in it. Service is pricey enough - I don't use a main dealer as I've 176k kms up on it so there's no point. Anytime I have gone to a main dealer I've come away a lot poorer. The one thing you should look out for but you can't is the injectors! There's four of them and so far two of mine have gone without warning! It's €1000 a pop to replace them and you have no way of knowing if or when they might go again. Bushes wearing are a common fault (failed my last NCT because of one). Rear wiper motor had to be replaced which again was not cheap. Just before Xmas 2010, I got a leak in the coolant system - steam everywhere. The replacement part is €100 and it takes 10 working days to get it!!! WTF? No car for two weeks because the dealer doesn't stock bog standard parts? Luckily a local garage was able to patch me up free of charge while waiting for the part. Apart from buying it from a dealer I've not been back to them except to get the major jobs mentioned above done. Like all VW dealers, they know how to charge for parts. Large comfortable car - mine is an estate. The Highline has plenty of extras like leather, cruise, heated seats etc. Performance is excellent and comfort on long or short journeys is second to none. I forgot to mention, it's also an automatic with the DSG gearbox which is super smooth. On average I'm getting 6.6l / 100km which is quite good for a big automatic car..

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review by: ranchobros

excellant, could fit a citroen in to it. great make sure the timing belt was changed, especially after 70k. and don't buy anything less than 130bhp. oh don't get me started, realy crap, dealers in ireland should be burnt out. the best car i have ever had in my life, totally brill, great space, comfort and reliability with super power and good looks, i wish i still had her now, "miss you babe".

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review by: haddigan

excellent. very loud on the bumps.....shocks?? anyone have any problems with their shocks.. none i know of so far. excellent Great car. Thinking of trading it in soon but it's so much nicer than most of its opposition. Very economical 45mpg on long runs..

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review by: gubby2

Huge boot A few little issues but bullet proof otherwise. timing belt is an expensive job, every 60k miles, but shop around for prices. Imported cars need mileage check, very easy to clock these cars. if you looking for a 130bhp beware most people can't tell the difference by driving the car. The only way to check is to check in the boot beside the spare wheel, there is a sticker with the VIN number, it also have the KW rating if this is not 97KW its not a 130BHP. don't be fooled by at red DI on the boot or engine cover. GSF in dublin for parts avoid main dealers as they are a rip off. Very comfortable car, excellent for long journeys or the long daily commute. Always look for the comfortline with A/C, arm rest etc.

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review by: mn30thegreen

Good. Good local VW garage. Not sure, they still hold the value well. Good. Cool, great looking car with extras. Needs a bigger engine than a 1.6 for the size of this car. Not big enough for family with 3 small kids & all that goes with 3 small kids..

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review by: paddyjoe

large boot i service and look after my own cars so not too bad any rattle or knoking from engine make sure t belt done and regular services na good solid comfortable car and not slow either.

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review by: james5507

huge boot....fits my golf clubs and football gear... had it serviced for nct and it had one small problem. few people told me it was dodge buying VW but there have been zero problems. Dealer reliability. I would defo go for WOM Very good dealer and always was helpful. The other fella i was going to buy from didnt even ring me back. I have owned this car for the past two years now, and in comparison to other cars I have driven there really is none. It is a much bigger car to what I have previously experienced, and the engine size (1.9 Turbo Diesel) makes it a great car to drive. From a comfort viewpoint, it is second to none also. I was a little worried about the high mileage but being a previous company car, that large amount was expected, and the fact it was still in great condition made me confidant that it was a sensible purchase, and I have not been proved wrong. Driving sometimes is an exercise, but it is made easier in this car. Its suits all I do as is big and looks well when turning up to work meetings in terms of setting some sort of positive impression, and is more than big enough to fit me gaelic gear, golf clubs and other stuff no bother. Negatives – I am always asked to drive on weekends away..

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review by: james5507

huge boot....fits my golf clubs and football gear... had it serviced for nct and it had one small problem. few people told me it was dodge buying VW but there have been zero problems. Dealer reliability. I would defo go for WOM Very good dealer and always was helpful. The other fella i was going to buy from didnt even ring me back. I have owned this car for the past two years now, and in comparison to other cars I have driven there really is none. It is a much bigger car to what I have previously experienced, and the engine size (1.9 Turbo Diesel) makes it a great car to drive. From a comfort viewpoint, it is second to none also. I was a little worried about the high mileage but being a previous company car, that large amount was expected, and the fact it was still in great condition made me confidant that it was a sensible purchase, and I have not been proved wrong. Driving sometimes is an exercise, but it is made easier in this car. Its suits all I do as is big and looks well when turning up to work meetings in terms of setting some sort of positive impression, and is more than big enough to fit me gaelic gear, golf clubs and other stuff no bother. Negatives – I am always asked to drive on weekends away..

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A LOVELY COMFORTABLE CAR, SMOOTH QUITE RIDE, WHEN RUNNING. GAVE A LOT OF TROUBLE. VW KNOW ABOUT PROBLEM WITH 1.8 TURBO ENGINE, HENCE 3 MONTH WARRENTY.

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Its the 130bhp model, lots of poke. I bought it with 97k on clock with UK reg and now have 131k up. No rattles or knocks yet but I know if something goes wrong I'll have to fork out lots of twine. So far I can't fault it and would take a chance on another one.It did have a VW fsh and owned by a VW lease company. I verified the mileage by phoning the last service shop which was stamped in the book. A verified VW fsh would be a must if I buy one again. I put the condition of my present one down to this. So buy one but do your research on it before you part with your cash..

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have 130k up now, 22k of which i have done, its an english car and motorway miles. The car is very efficient on fuel, is very reliable, and i work it hard, drive it every day on both long and short journeys. i find that if something goes on the car, its best to get it sorted without delay. Overall i am very happy with the car. As far as i can see, if the car is looked after from new, there will be very few problems with them. Stay clear of the petrol models, they're demons on jiuce..

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very expensive to maintain once they increase in age. Time for it to go now and will prbably be replaced with a ford or seat.

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Excellent Car.!.4 TSI petrol engine has 122 bhp very smooth no turbo lag .this vw engine beats diesels imo. highline spec outstanding..

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The 1600 petrol is underpowered and a bit noisy when pushed. But overall it is a very solid and comfortable car to drive..

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Bought car from dealer in glassonwho brought it in from the uk, car was well serviced, well looked after, had 108k on the clock, motorway mile so she was well broken in for me, drives lovley, just over 600 miles to a tank of diesel(just less if run on biodiesel, but an awful lot cheaper). I am extremely happy with this car. the heated seats are beautifull. its only fault is that there is a strut across the boot limiting the amount of usable space(i cant load my bands PA system)..

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review by: kevoneill1974

engine is "bulletproof" so I've been told,never had any problems. Nice acceleration even if it is only 105BHP. Tons of space in the interior and boot. Great car all-round.

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the most expensive car i bought & the worst car ive owned...my old rusty escorts would have been more reliable.

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T-belt costs a fortune to replace. Speakers in back door have packed it in, an I hate the pool under the drivers seat. Gotta replace it, I've got tendonitis in my shoulder from the clunky gearbox..

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Have car 4.5 years 176000 on clock, efficent 55mpg and comfortable, quick enough, but too many problems. Above problems cost 2000 in total to fix. Not main dealer.

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review by: domnick861

as a family car, absolutely fantastic.both centre consol and glove box chilled,each door hols 1 litre bottle, compartment on drivers door for umberella,excellent boot space. Mechanically, the 2.0 tdi is great to drive,because of the 16v engine above idle very little engine noise, and revs much more freely than the old PD. at 18k miles service and genuine parts very reasonable,its very cheap to run , returning on average 45-50 mpg.Mine is very highly spec'd, only let down here is vw very stingy with standard kit. Highly advisable car to consider.ill buy the same again.

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Leather Heated Seats Just Brilliant! You Get A lot Of Car For The Money! and Record Sales This Year! Simply Much Better than a Toyota Avensis Which Lacks Style and Design!.

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very economical diesel good lift has done 126kmls drives like new,.

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Very fast, comfortable,reliable and economical, on motorway 55 mls per gal,combined 47. Great car!.

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Tell VW motor to stop this engine 1600 CC, No acceleration at all in this car. The sound system is too poor according to this car..

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Appart from the stuff I had to replace I loved the car. Wrote it off yesterday and off lookin for another one now..

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Handles well, nice turn of speed for a big estate. Fuel consumption is terrible (about 26 - 28 miles per gallon), or around 550km per 60litre tankfull. If you buy one, get the oil changed at least every 15 miles km. Residual values very low, you'd be better off with the TDI..

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Automatic diesels are hard to come by so this Passat came along at just the right time. Was not looking for a V6 but it was fully loaded (heated leather, climate, tiptronic, 6 cd changer, alloys to name a few) and came in on budget. Performance is phenomenal and fuel economy, while not being as frugal as the 1.9 would have been, is still great..

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Very good car. I imported mine from England at 30K on the clock. Now at 70K and no issues. Really comfortable and does something like 50 to the gallon or slightly over it. A bit hard on front tires. I use bridgestone which are good tires and they do about 15k on the front but apart from that it's a great car..

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very comfortable and very fast car and lovely interior but it has spent more time in the garage than on the road. I wont be buying another one..

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Really nice car, well impressed. Its my first passat and definitely not my last.

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bought this car 12 months ago no probs what so ever. tdi engine a gem to pull a trailor.I have now 115000mile on the clock and am looking forward to 200000 miles. I do have a noise from the dash but thats it , seems to be a common prob.love this car.

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This car is a bucket. They can't all be this bad. Lively engine and reasonably comfortable but completely turned off VW by the constant problems. Will be buying Japanese next time..

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Very sturdy, lovely to drive, good acceleration in 110bhp diesel engine, reasonably echonomical.

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Very comfortable and Fuel efficient. Dealer service is excellent. This is my third Passat in 3 years.

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Fine car but completely underpowered.Lovely to cruise in but overtaking is poor.Engine is too smal for the body size. Ignition is badly place as I keep turning on the wipers. Cup holders are also badly placed. Good boot.Roomy & comfortable car.

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There a miser on Juice. Good handling. would def go for red eye next time a bit of extra poke. the 90bph tad dead. as ususl VW skimpy on the radio and extras.

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I bought the car in 2000 in a private deal so value was better than from a delaer where they can be pricey. It is very comfortable and the firm seating and allignment of the pedals and steering ideal for anyone with a back problem, as I have. The comfortline model is worth the extra price, with the climatronic air conditioning being excellent. The 1.8 is surprisingly economical..

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I love the car with all the extras. It's economical and so far reliable. But I'm serious when I say this don't touch a UK Import without and history. If it does have a history still check it out through www.dvla.gov.co.uk.

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Very comfortable rid. spacious interior, quite engine, large boot size. cruise control option for long drives in the country would have been usefull feature. Overall very satisfied with Passat..

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nice car to drive, pity about so many problems, vw would want to get there electrics in order. vw dealer would not order parts unless paid cash in advance, would not accept cheque card. Belgard motors.

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everyone who like this car should buy the 1.9 TDI, its faster and cheaper to run..

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Clean & well designed inside. Very nice engine. It just loves to go. Fantastic pulling power at low revs, great fuel economy, shocking acceleration, lots of gadgets. Gotta love that 6th gear..

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If there is anybody out there who has had similar problems and, even better, has them sorted, please e-mail me at kerrydamo@hotmail.com Thanks!.

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Great car - TDi engine is second to none. PD version in my 130 is a little thirstier than my previous 110bhp Bora but worth it for the power..

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Originally a UK car so very good spec compared to Irish versions. Great performance especially with a custom remap to 192BHP so looks like the family wagon but will leave most cars struggling to keep up. My last car was a diesel so im really aware of the fuel economy or lack of but for performance and comfort its more than enough..

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fantastic car otherwise. Loads of room, front and rear, huge boot. loads of power when you need it. looks great..

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This is my secound 1.8T Passat. First was bought new in 1999, 2nd 1993. I think the 1.8T engine is suspect to breakdown. 1999 spent 3 weeks in hogans, cost 1300 Euros. Loads of parts replaced only to find a small pipe was the cause. Disaster. Lucky it was a company car..

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Very good car on the road, very stable and solid feel. Comfortable and spacious. Consuption depends on your driving style and can get too high..

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Nice car to drive, good overall power. suspension too soft though and too many problems..

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The ride is very comfortable, solid and smooth. Long journeys are a breeze in this car. It still gets admired and looks good. Luxury interior. Very reliable. Great for overtaking, powerful and fast. Luxury car for a great price..

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The engine is the best part. This model has aged so much with the arrival of new model. Standard equipment is very poor and all extras are so expensive..

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The engine is the best part. This model has aged so much with the arrival of new model. Standard equipment is very poor and all extras are so expensive..

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I always wondered when i saw people unlocking the doors on some golfs and passats the old fashioned way,with a key even on 04'05'modals because they are not fitted with R.C.L, some people slag of the french cars but they have R.C.L on their base modals the same size as golfs and passats.VW should have a look on how citroen build suspensions for the C5. PASSATS ARE OVER RATED..

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The only good thing about this car is the engine,1.8T 150BHP, I added a full air intake upgrade so running a little under 160BHP, but being a Highline spec I got alot of extras, but that does not make up for my overall rating of this car. Dont mind about the fuel consumption as it can get 36MPG driving it carefully. The handling of this car is horrific, back end steps out at low speeds and especially when wet. The suspension seems to be made of custard, it's too soft and bottoms out frequently. Basically it's an old man's/ woman's car and I cant wait to get rid of it, what a mistake buying it, never again! Think twice!.

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Very reliable car. Interior could be improved on. Only electric windows for passsenger and driver, No centre console in this model..

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...it was badly prepared before delivery. One bad mark to the dealer. In the past three months it has spent more time in their workshop than my old Bora (sold after 150.000 very pleasant miles)did in 4 years!! Then, there's the car itself. Do not buy one if your kids are subject to car sickness - the suspension would make a sailor turn green (they call it "Comfort". Try an Audi A4 on a twisty road, THAT'S Comfort!). It drinks Diesel like it was going out of fashion -- 450 miles per 60 litres, that's 30% more than the Bora on the same engine and the same usage. She's noisy in an annoying kind of way. I had planned to get the new Passat Variant after this one -- I'm seriously reconsidering Volkswagen altogether..

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great car 50 miles per gallon. fast car with 130 bhp under bonnet a real haed turner.

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Very comfortable and very sturdy. Excellent handling. Was easily able to avoid a near crash situation by severe swerving. Car gripped road in the wet and abs was working overtime. No worse on petrol than any other car with similiar engine. Getting approx 320miles to the tank with mix of city and motorway driving. Tends to wheel spin in first if you go for too quick a getaway. Also a little delay from hitting the accelerator to car actually moving. Can be dodgy on busy roundabouts - but a minor fault for shadowed by overall quality..

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I am on my second Passat from new and I would definitely consider trading for the new model.

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VW need to get their act together it seems to me that we are getting the rubbish imported in to this country never again another VW.

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Realised all expectations. Wonderful automatic. Internal climate system is superb. Did over 600 miles in one fill. Next time with cruise control..

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although the car is nice to look at and is comfortable to drive, the engine components are very soft, and as i use mine as a taxi i wouldnt drive another passat if i got it free....

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I find this car very powerful,comfortable,classy looking with leather interior and wallnut dash a great car all roung and great value for money,would buy another Passat in the future ..

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Can't comment on VW dealers, bought from SAAB dealer with 12mths warranty, luckily this covered the gearbox/flywheel. SAAB service is v.good. Great car to drive, but basic and has depreciated by 8k in 6 months thanks to the new model. Am apprehensive about reliability in the long term. Will probably change marque for the next buy..

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Superb handling in all road conditions. great gas discharge headlights and heated seats, Montreal alloys. Tyres at 2 and 2.1 bar pressures. Ecconomical - 44 mpg - 52 mpg..

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Superb handling in all road conditions. great gas discharge headlights and heated seats, Montreal alloys. Tyres at 2 and 2.1 bar pressures. Ecconomical - 44 mpg - 52 mpg..

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This has been a dependable car for the most part. Still having alignment issues. I know someone else with a 2002 Passat that has similar alignment problems..

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This is the worst car i ever had. the Diesel version is much better. I would not by another petrol volkswagen..

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I was sceptical of the 4 cyl TDI until I drove it. This car has exceptional performance and it handles like a dream. Their is no doubt that I will be keeping this car for a long time and if I do need to replace it, I will get another one..

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Mighty car, very quick and excellent MPG. The 150BHP Engine pulls wery well..

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Very reliable, safe and comfortable. Ideal family car, excellent fuel economy:45mpg. Steady on the road..

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Excellent car, good spec on the Highline model with a winter and tech pack included. Great power from 130bhp TDi, but efficient (55+mpg)on open road..

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As with all VW|s the Passat has a very bad Spec for the price. Even the Highline model has no alloys as standard! Cop-on VW! 389Euro for a 14000ml service with just filters and oil changed! I|d hate to see the price when it needs brakes!!.

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Over 1 year this car has cost me nearly 2000 euro in repairs. Locks seem to be the most common problem. Never again!!!!.

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Came across from england. Not sure if its because of english spec but never managed to hit the road on extremely bad and uneven surfaces while being driven hard. Extremely economical and fully loaded. Can buy full loaded passat for price of standard passat in Rep. Includes traction and climate. 115bhp. Extremely happy at 13500 euro with 65000miles.

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Suspension arms wear too quick, as do track rod ends and cv joints. very expensive to do timing belt. parts alone €250. Twice indicator unit blew as i was turning off main road and cars behind me doing 50-60 mph. That was a little scary..

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A great reliable work horse of a car, built like a Sherman tank. Very powerful & comfortable for long journeys however with the 1.8T model you can almost see the fuel gauge dropping. I would like to see VW look towards more economy for the Passat similar to what Toyota did when they introduced their vVTI engine. As a last point more options as standard on VW|s would be really appreciated..

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on top of all this the remote locking never worked. I have been driveng different VW|s for years but wouldnt go for another passat after al this hardship.

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Good performance Extremely exonomical Suspension is very soft and requires care when driving on poor country roads..

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getting crap money on trade in unless i go back to VW. German built my ass. its not even nice to drive. Ive ordered a new 04 156 jtd 140 bhp. Its 3 grand cheaper than basic vw . long live the italians. the worst 2 motoring years of my life. Dealers are arrogant also. tried to screw me on warranty items. NO NO VW.

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150bhp.very fast, 0-62 mph in 9 seconds(faster than saab 93/BMW 318i/mercs), would wheel spin in 1st and 2nd. tricky in wet weather, the car was a real hand full when driving flat out..

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The interior seat material (grey) is really hard to keep clean as dust and ‘bits’ really show up very easily. Would want to vacuum it every 3 days or so. Get leather if you can afford it!.

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Solid, comfortable and reliable Car. Unfortunately current resale / trade in value does not reflect its true value against similar size or age or cost car such as a japwreck Avensis..

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Sturdy, well built car with a good interior and great sound system (when hooked up to the CD player). Not bad spec with the 2000 model but VW could be more generous. 1600 engine is a little light and removal of 1.8 option in the current line-up seems to be short-sighted - not everyone will want to opt for a 2.0. A 1.8 Honda Accord would appear to be a better bet with much more performance and better equipment. Dealer|s look for too much money for second hand cars. Heard of 1 dealer looking for 500 Euro for a routine service. The trade has good value, good warranties (with Lumley) and would be the place I would go for a 1.8T or recent TDI (130)..

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keep clear of 1600 ,car too big & heavy very slugish.over all not happy cant wait too get rid.

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keep clear of 1600 ,car too big & heavy very slugish.over all not happy cant wait too get rid.

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Very slow and thirsty. Brakes and handling are also poor Excellent comfort and space. Servicing expensive Would try 1.8T next time.

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It is a really big comfy holdall. you can drive it all day and still feel fresh. it is not peppy, easy to park or much fun though. the dealers are shockingly bad which would put me off getting one again, but if I were it would be a diesel..

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comfort easy to drive, crap to park looks great with black win plus alloys.

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For: Economy is excellent. Have got over dealer spec of 49mpg on country runs. Very comfortable! Plenty power. Against: extras are options with VW. Low front end so have to crawl over speed ramps..

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Stylish interior however VW charge a fortune for any extras, Comfortline model is well worth the extra few quid as it does provide a lot more comfort....

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These are costly cars but they have a solid build, a great feeling of security and very comfortable on a long run. Will change for a newer model soon as mileage is now 42K and I|m not sure how reliable these cars are when you get up to the higher mileage, unlike the Japanese cars..

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Very happy with car (estate) but VW dealers know how to charge!.

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A bad buy, a bad experience, I would never buy a Passat again.

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Not impressed with dealers; pricing of services, complete lack of focus on customer support.

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in general it has been a good car with little to complain about, but for some unknown reason it drinks engine oil, it also uses syntethic oil the car like most german marques is very badly equiped, and hence is bad value for money. the main reason that i would not buy another is lack of v.w. dealers..