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Volkswagen Passat, Electrical, Fuel System, Transmission, Sedan
#78 of 527 Kathy E
Aug 25, 1999 (3:50 am)
I also am interested in buying a VW Passat GLS V6. I test drove one yesterday with all the bells and whistles. I drove the 4cyc first and then the V6. The 4 cyc Turbo jerked and hung up while the V6 was smooth when you let off the pedal after accerlating. I liked it. I went today and test drove the top Honda Accord and it just didn't match up, even though it was $2,000. cheaper. Just didn't seem to the as nice. I am driving a 1997 Nissan Quest QXE and use to the bells and whistles (FOR SALE..BY THE WAY) and really liked the Passat. Had a Jetta 5 years back and really liked it. My husband is 6ft 6in and had the height in the Jetta and Passat. I am on my way to the problem area to see what all there is to read there, but, if the Passat doesn't pan out for me, I will probably keep my Quest and wait...who knows.
#79 of 527 What widespread problems?
Aug 25, 1999 (4:16 am)
No matter what car you get, there is always a chance of getting a lemon. Unfortunately, that has to do with the way cars are made and there isn't any way of telling if your car is the lucky lemon until you drive it around. Of course, everyone wants a new car to have low mileage - oh, say 15 miles. It is very likely that a lemon will slip thru and reach a dealership.
Aside from pointing out problems with our cars (and asking advice), we should also hi-light how the dealers deal with the problem. Case in point: I told my dealer the stock stereo in the car was too boomy and if they could please recode it. I made sure I told the mechanic and told him I have a copy of the tech notes in the car on which code to reprogram. He kept mentioning that is what the bass and treble controls are for. Sure enough, I picked up the car and the bass is turned to -9 and treble is turned to +9. I will just make sure next time to leave written instructions on what to do with the car... Sometimes you just have to know more than the mechanic...
#80 of 527 99 GLS 1.8T
Aug 25, 1999 (5:01 pm)
6000 miles, 4 months, NOT ONE PROBLEM.
I drove Hondas for a long time, and was, like many of you, reluctant to "take my chances" with a VW. I have no regrets and am glad I took the plunge. The driving experience is so fabulous! I love everything about this car. Mine is tight, solid and rattle free. I couldn't be happier.
Don't be TOO put off by comments here in Edmunds. The majority of people who go to consumer forums are there to complain about problems. Check out vwvortex.com to read an enthusiast's forum, a place where peole go JUST to gush about their cars.
The ONLY bad thing I can say about VW is that their dealer service is spotty at best. Know exactly what you want done when you go in amd don't accept any less. If you have NO mechanical inclination and can't bear to even think about going to the dealer, maybe VW is not for you, these cars require a bit more love and maintanance then Honda and Toyota, but they reward you tenfold IMO.
VW has a customer for life in this former Honda owner.
#81 of 527 humbaba
Aug 25, 1999 (5:23 pm)
I am planning to buy 99 VW Wagon Passat. I also thought about buying Volvo V70 Wagon. Volvo is much more expensive than VW and VW has the same passanger space but more cargo space. I heard VW has some problems. Are they really serious? It only has 2 years basic warranty and 10 years powertrain warranty. Is it a trick? If they really had confidence in their product why wouldn't they extend its basic warranty to 3 or 4 years?
#82 of 527 12,000 miles and no problems
Aug 26, 1999 (4:16 am)
The key to reliable transportation is maintaining the required service. I purchased my 99 Passatt this February. I currently own a 91 Golf and used to own an 83 GTI. I put 210K hard miles on the GTI and was still able to sell it for top dollar and I still see it on the road.
After reading through all of the posts, the only thing that really sticks out as a complaint I have is that the cupholders are an nconvenience.
But like uncle Hansz says, "Vy poot cup holderz in zee kar? Duz zee coush hav un schteering veel?"
#83 of 527 dobler_q
Aug 27, 1999 (12:54 am)
I bought my passat gls,v-6,luxury package,leather seats in march 1999. so far, i love it....no problems. i would recommend the car. what else is out there? audi a-6, bmw 3 series, both have no back seats and cost 5-8k more. consumer reports rated it #1. at least they're not biased. the commercials are true, they're fun to drive, but the seats are more taught than a honda and a lot more than a camary.
#84 of 527 cupholders
Aug 27, 1999 (1:58 pm)
the usa is much bigger than germany. people drive long distances. while they are driving long distances they might like to refresh themselves with a beverage.
that's why there are cupholders in every car out there. i wouldn't buy a car without them.
i'm not saying i wouldn't buy a passat for that reason (they have them, but suck), but it really gets old hearing that the reason vw cupholders suck ass is because you shouldn't drink while in a car.
this is typical vw owner reasoning. if vw removed the stereo, vw owners would rationalize that "drivers" shouldn't listen while driving.
slap uncle hans for me. i think he's senile.
#85 of 527 cupholders & first problem
Aug 27, 1999 (2:34 pm)
I haven't had any problem with the cupholders. Anything that doesn't fit in them, fits in the rectangular "box" under the armrest.
I have developed a reoccuring problem with my otherwise perfect 99 GLS 1.8T, manual...I can't seem to get this big grin off my face when I drive.
#86 of 527 99YANKEES
Aug 27, 1999 (10:47 pm)
Bought a '99 Passat GLS loaded last month. Also experiencing ticking noise. Mine seems to come from the front passenger side door area. Took it to the dealer. They indicated that there was a loose bracket behind the glove box, however, I noticed later that the front right door hinges were heavily lubricated...the ticking sound did not go away.
Returned to a different VW dealer and they "siliconed panels"...ticking sound still remains.
I will be going back to the dealer in a couple of days and try to have this sound found and eliminated. I believe the ticking sound is the lower speaker housing rubbing or moving against the door panel. Will let you know what we found later this week.
#87 of 527 Passenger Door Noise
Aug 27, 1999 (11:50 pm)
My 1999 GLS v6 Tiptronic also has ticking noise in passenger side door. Would like to know solution.
Otherwise, I love this car.