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Written on: 08/03/2013
A year ago we bought this estate from its first owner at 180,000 miles. Freshly MOT'd for £1,200. First impressions are that it has huge space, comfortable, smooth ride but a bit wallowy in town. Solid power but heavy weight to contend with. All the bells and whistles except for cruise control i really miss. Consumption in town poor at 21mpg but open road a fair 36mpg In the last 10 years and 198,000 miles the car had a total cost of ownership of £6,999.10 consisting of 26 751 miles - VW… Read Full Review
Written on: 29/09/2011
change oil every 6k.allways after journey when engine is very hot dont switch it off.wait for 30 sec let the oil go out the turbo.that the recipe to make it last for ever.k&n air filter.dump velve (forge).all u need to do.and u dont have to worry about all stories with broken turbo or black fog or any engine foults.suspenssion is to soft on corners the car goes like limo.but 225 or 205 tyres do the grip.speed great 238km/h thats what mine can do. consumption well... easy drive 40-47mpg… Read Full Review
Written on: 26/08/2011
Would have to agree with the positive reviews. Have a 1997 Passat saloon, with 115,000 miles for £770 and it was reasonably well looked after. The only expensive thing I have to shell out for soon,(which was obvious at time of purchase), is a new clutch (bitng point high). Having said that I've had a VW Polo go on and on with an old grinding clutch so who knows. My advice if you need a clucth- keep £400- 450 aside. Does anyone have advice on how long the clutch can last specifically on a… Read Full Review
Written on: 19/02/2010 by Bezza1969 (1 review written)
I bought this car last year as a family hack. Ive been very pleasantly suprised so far. The build quality is superb, the engine pulls very strongly and smoothly and the ride quality is excellent. Nothing squeaks or rattles. Only negatives are the slightly wallowy handling and being petrol, only 33 MPG or so, although the car goes very well down a bumpy back road. For value for money you cant fault this car in my opinion… Read Full Review
Written on: 29/05/2009
VW Passat 1.8 20v Sport Turbo 1997 R Plate 151000 miles.
I'm shocked at reading the reviews on this site. all I can say is get a car that's been looked after, my passat has had a oil & filter change every six months regardless of mileage since new and has been mechanically sound. All repairs I've done are wear and tear. Great car don't know what your all moaning about !… Read Full Review
Written on: 30/03/2009 by fenerjambo (2 reviews written)
This is my second VW passat estate 1.8 20v in the past 10 months.The first one was an "R" reg which eventually failed it's Mot miserably with ball joints and the complicated suspension at the front plus more letting it down! It wasn't worth the bother so I sold it for spares or repair losing nearly £1000.
Well you'd think once bitten twice shy but I bought another one a "v" reg which is Mot'd to end september 2009 for £1450. Had it 2 months and already renewed back brakes and just yesterday… Read Full Review
Written on: 07/01/2008
Hi. I have owned a Passatt estate 130bhp estate 6speed sport for some years now. My wife drives it 99% of the time.
One guy said his has a tendency to leak sometimes. Well, mine leaked into the footwell areas at the drivers and passengers side.
It actually went back to the passengers side rear foot well. I have learned that if you remove your battery and look underneath you may need to remove the plate that the battery sits on. There should be a hole to let rain water drain away sometimes this… Read Full Review
Written on: 11/12/2007
Of all the cars I've owned, of which this was not the most expensive or powerful, it is the most relaxing and pleasurable to drive especially on long journeys. It also has a boot capacity larger than most estates and nearly all 4X4's i've found on the market in Europe.
Perfect car for my family of five and not too thirsty either… Read Full Review
Written on: 06/08/2007 by daveruss (1 review written)
The Volkswagen Passat is very roomy, very quick, comfortable and easy to drive. It swallows all my gear in the back with no problem and most of all my wife loves driving it. Prefers it to her Renault Clio. A very capable workhorse and family car it is my 2nd and i love driving it… Read Full Review
Written on: 02/03/2006 by jlh (1 review written)
The Volkswagen Passat 1.8 T Sport is a fabulous car and I want another one, even though this has given me some grief with repairs… Read Full Review
Written on: 02/02/2006 by Dugaru (1 review written)
I'm in the former colonies (US) and have what appears to be the equivalent of your Volkswagen Passat 1999 1.8T. I have a love-hate relationship with my Passat. It's a joy to drive, very roomy, and has good performance for an… Read Full Review
Written on: 03/05/2005 by Riss71 (10 reviews written)
You poor unfortunate people out there I can only say there must be a lot of duds out there and you've found them, I have had my 52 plate Volkswagen Passat 1.9 TDI sport estate (130 bhp) for well over a year now, and I cant fault it 32000 on the clock and goes like a dream, thundery diesel maybe but it still eats mummys boys in their mummys saxo shopping bag! Off the lights and thats with a load of tesco shopping in the boot (approx 12-14 carrier bags) two kids and the hubby. Never had a… Read Full Review
Written on: 07/05/2004 by james foote (1 review written)
I bought my Volkswagen Passat 1.8 T Sport 18 months ago a 1.8T 20V on a V Plate with 30k on the clock, looks wise I've yet to see a Passat that looks as good, the VW garage I bought it from had lowered the suspension, and stuck 17" BBS W8 alloys on it, stunning!!!!
It may have been love at first sight, but since the early days I have grown to dislike my VW more & more due to it's constant mechanical problems, Temp sender, CV joints, CV boots, Air mass monitor, N75 Valve, brakes, tyres (3… Read Full Review
Written on: 03/01/2004 by Stubee (5 reviews written)
We've had the VW Passat Estate 1.8T Sport 1999 for 18 months (99 on a T plate). Came from a Golf MKIII 2.0 GTi that was quite nippy. The Passat can get a move on when required as long as you work the gear box, But then it is not a 'sports' car. What this car does best is cruise for long distances, at speed and very comfortably.
At it's last service I asked our VW dealer to investigate a lumpy feel to the top end power, and VW came back with a faulty Air Mass Meter. I'd never even heard of this… Read Full Review
Written on: 28/08/2003 by SWE1 (3 reviews written)
"Beautifully Crafted" - What rubbish, my VW Passat Estate 1.8T Sport 1999 had: New suspension all round, accelarator box, 4 new discs, new air conditioning unit, 5 new tyres at 3000 miles (they were "square") 3 new CV's 1 new drive shaft, all four doors "dropped" on their hinges etc., etc., etc. My advice - BUY A HONDA! NB My car has done just 33,000 miles… Read Full Review
Written on: 15/07/2003 by seylectric. (1 review written)
I gave up looking for a VW Passat Estate 1.9 turbo diesel after doing 3 round trips of up to 200 miles only to find my intended purchase to have been sold before I got there, so I settled for the 1.8 sport turbo petrol. I bought a year 2000 model (3 years old) a month ago with 60k on the clock and I can't really fault it. It's quick enough though, if a little sluggish off the mark and faster than my old 2.0 Peugeot 406.
It feels solid, handles well and is more of a cruiser built for comfort… Read Full Review
Written on: 19/04/2003 by stan. (1 review written)
This is by far the worst car I have ever owned. Too many problems to mention!… Read Full Review
Written on: 06/04/2003 by Tim. (1 review written)
Overall I'm very satisfied with this car. Excellent build quality, brisk performance, useful interior space for family of five and good payload with the rear seats folded down. Fuel consumption not bad either (~38mpg on long runs).
Cornering is ok but not a very dynamic or fluid ride. Initially there were some problems with the electronic controller - doors wouldn't lock on the remote, spontaneous alarm triggering, radio didn't turn off when you removed the ignition key, but they settled down… Read Full Review
Written on: 15/05/2002 by Jon. (1 review written)
The VW Passat Estate 1.8T Sport (1999) is spacious and favourably priced and equipped compared to competitors.
Main problem-too many electrics for the hopeless mechanics at the VW dealers to cope with. After 2 years they eventually found the fault - a loose wire in the steering column and now it's a great car (touch wood) with ample room for 2 adults, 3 child seats, dog and luggage… Read Full Review
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