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Volkswagen Passat, Sedan, Wagon
Apr 27, 2004 (3:53 pm)
Don't take chances. The only VW Engine that doesn't require premium fuel is the 2.0 Liter 8-valve, and obviously the TDIs. Turbocharged engines and engines with very high compression ratios (10:1 and above) require premium fuel.
I owned a 1987 VW Golf GT for 16 years and 624,000 miles using premium fuel 95% of the time. The first year I owned the car, I made the mistake of using regular fuel and the difference in performance was definitely felt, as well as an increase in engine knocks. I went back to premium, and have been using it ever since. I now own a 1997 Jetta Trek (chipped engine) and a 2003 Wolfsburg Jetta 1.8T, and I use nothing but premium. My wife has a 2003 Passat GLS 1.8T and she uses premium fuel after years of driving a car which required regular - and she managed to adjust to using premium fuel. If anyone has issues with premium fuel, then they shouldn't buy the vehicle in the first place.
If you want to go cheap - you'll definitely get what you pay for.
#7056 of 8276 Re: Re Brakes [mbros2k #6976]
Apr 28, 2004 (8:57 am)
My 2000 GLS had rear brakes and rotors replaced at 60K -- no problem with that as I felt that 60K was reasonable mileage before replacement. Just had my 70 K service and was told that my rear brakes only had 50% left and fronts 60%! (BTW, front brakes are original -- bought car new).
Problem is this -- How can I show 50% wear on the rear in just 10K of use given that BOTH the primary and secondary drivers are the same AND the car's usage is the same? Something smells.
1) Did VW have a major change in the composition of pads between 2000 and 2004?
2) Do I have any recourse if I need pads/rotors in 20 K (or in about 1/3 the time of my last repair?) -- as everything else is the same, must be the parts that are substandard. Is there a service guru to call?
3) Are there any other replacement pads/rotors that anyone can recommend that give long life without major screeching (BTW, my OEM pads/rotors were quiet AND long lasting)?
Your wisdom, suggestions, etc. are greatfully appreciated.
Apr 28, 2004 (9:45 am)
Sounds to me like your e-brake is either adjusted wrong or there is something sitting in the well under the ebrake handle. To replace rears before the fronts is VERY rare as the car relys heavily on the fronts to stop etc. The fact that you are halfway through the second set of shoes tells me either you have a good pitchman behind the desk at your dealer or there is an adjustment needed.
#7058 of 8276 tyresmoker...
Apr 28, 2004 (9:54 am)
"To replace rears before the fronts is VERY rare as the car relys heavily on the fronts to stop etc."
I'm on quite a few Passat forums. It's not uncommon on Passats to replace the rears first. Some speculate that the rear pads are small, others talk about a difference in brake bias. I have seen it discussed many times elsewhere, and maybe here, too.
But I would be concerned about the increased rate of wear on the rears now versus the OEM pads.
Apr 28, 2004 (10:26 am)
Based on Deans statements, replacing only the rears at 60k, and the fronts not needing replacement tells me that there is something else going on there that is far more fundamental than a posters speculation about bias and undersized pads.
I owned the same car, while i only had it for 41k, the brake wear was as i would expect it to be, not showing abnormal wear on the rears.
#7060 of 8276 Passat Lease Payments
Apr 29, 2004 (3:37 am)
I hope this is not getting too personal, but for those who have leased their Passats what is your monthly payment. I know there are several variables to be considered when calculating a payment, but I am just curious. I have about 12 more months on my Jetta lease and have contacted several VW Dealers to see what it would take to get into a Passat. The car that has been priced out is a '04 Passat GLS 1.8t, automatic. The monthly payment is $285.00 + tax w/ $1487 down (1st month payment, security deposit, etc....). I am still waiting on another dealers numbers.
Thanks in advance!!
Apr 29, 2004 (6:48 am)
I'm paying $270 per month with a total $6000 due at lease inception for a GLX V6 4Motion. Payments include MA state sales tax which is 5%. Hope this helps.
Apr 29, 2004 (7:40 am)
. . .when shopping for cars over the weekend, the VW dealer was "seriously" discounting the cap cost of the new Passats (~ 11% off sticker); moreover, the money factor (a.k.a., interest by another name) was down a point, too, to an effective 2.9%.
IMHO, I would advise NEVER to put any money down on a lease -- however, VW does have a half and half lease that allows the build up of equity -- THAT particular instrument MIGHT justify some cap cost reduction contribution by you.
Putting money down on a lease, buys "lower payments" this is true -- but at the current implied interest rates (money factor) and the probability of ROI for your money from other sources being at least as good, putting money down on a leased car that you do not intend to acquire (as in an open-ended lease vs a closed-ended lease) is anti-frugal.
The attractiveness of a lower payment, I understand -- however, having the money to put down in cash up front, and NOT putting it down ultimately is the lower cost course of action.
If you want to put money down, it is a free country -- but think of it this way: over withholding "taxes" from your paycheck in order to get a large refund (conceptually a related activity to putting money down on a lease), is even worse than putting money under your mattress, why? You don't have access to the money until you file the return and you have provided an interest free loan to the government (at least if the money was under your mattress you could get in IMMEDIATELY).
The idea should be to pay in real-time for the use of the automobile (the lease payments over X months paid in a timely fashion) just as the idea should be to neither owe tax nor be due a refund annually. We want to (or we should, in any case) pay only when it is due, not more, not less -- this applies to non-equity building events (car lease payments, dwelling rent payments and income taxes).
Currently the car dealers -- especially VW dealers -- are "dealin' and dealin' big" -- VW had a poor sales quarter in 2004, the 2005's are in the pipeline and interest rates are "soon" to rise -- if you really need a new car or even if you just want one, now is a "stimulative" time to look for both good discounts and attractive lease money factors. Never say never, but the word on the street is that money is at a 45 year low and the Fed is likely to push it to merely a 40 year low in the upcoming months.
If you can do this for business, and you are a small buisness owner, there are also some incredible once in a lifetime tax incentives to "do it now, too!"
And if the GVW is 6,000 pounds or more, JACKPOT!
Touareg V8 anyone?
Oh Oh Oh almost forgot -- they're practically giving away Passat W8's -- only $11 down and $11 a month and if you don't have the $11 -- we'll LOAN IT TO YOU!!!!
#7063 of 8276 Re: Current lease. . . [markcincinnati #7062]
Apr 29, 2004 (9:30 am)
"they're practically giving away Passat W8's -- only $11 down and $11 a month and if you don't have the $11 -- we'll LOAN IT TO YOU!!!!
" - Mark
Now, if they'd been doing THAT a few months ago . . . And I'd still been planning a potential back 'up north' . . .
Acknowledging the attraction of AWD where there is typically more snow, etc. than here in north Georgia . . .
#7064 of 8276 Some Questions: Ready to buy 2004VW GLX Passat:
Apr 29, 2004 (9:35 am)
I am ready to purchase a Passat over the next 2+ weeks, and appreciate any feedback on the following questions-
1) During this month of May does anyone recommend a good day, time to make an offer?
2) What is the price of an extended warranty? (above the standard one included)and is this usually used as a bargaining tool?
3) I know the destination fee for my area, but how do you calculate taxes? based on your state? after options? Are there any other fees I should be aware of?
4) I haven't seen any additional deals other than the spring sale, and I think this is just for leasing?
I have a few more questons, but I will stick with these for now-