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#1 of 25 2004 VW Passat - Buying used
Jul 10, 2008 (7:28 am)
My husband and I are in the process of purchasing a used 04 VW Passat. The dealer let us take the car home the very day we went to look at it. Good thing we did- the next day as I was driving it, it started to buck. So, my husband had a mechanic look at it. The mechanic told us that the drivers side mouter mount, the transmission, and rear brake pads all needed to be replace and the car only had about 2 week left before the transmission just stopped working. We talked to the dealer who has been wonderful to us and has said they will replace every item that needs to be replaced. My question is, is it worth it for us to even bother with this car now? I have never heard of a VW needing a new transmission at 50k miles before and I can't figure out why it would need one. Does anyone think this car will be worth it once they repair everything to our satisfaction? We haven't picked it up yet so we still have time to change our minds. I also keep reading that the AWD 4 motion doesnt get good gas miles which concerns me as my main reason for buying the car would be better gas miles.
Any suggestions or help?
#2 of 25 milage
Jul 10, 2008 (7:36 am)
if your main reason for buying a car is gas milage then you should not buy any AWD vehicle as they use more fuel than FWD or RWD.
#3 of 25 Re: 2004 VW Passat - Buying used [ehg2001]
Jul 13, 2008 (1:31 pm)
Traded my 02, 4 motion last week. 20-21 mpg.
#4 of 25 Re: 2004 VW Passat - Buying used [ehg2001]
Jul 18, 2008 (2:55 pm)
Don't buy it!!!!
OK, maybe I am biased but my 2004 Passat waggon is back in the shop as I type.
I had the car from new and it has been nothing but trouble, which is a shame as I previously owned two Golfs and they were troublefree and robust.
Today my heap of junk was in the shop for 2 recalls and they 'discovered' some other flaw which will set me back a few hundred bucks. I had a 40k service only a few months ago and with all the additional repairs, it cost me well over $1k.
Whatever the garage fixes for you now, believe me, there will be more things to follow. Check out the number of recalls and general reliability.
Initially, I thought it was a very reasonably priced car but with all the anguish and time off the road, it wasn't worth it.
I am currently test driving otehr models and will steer clear of VW. I advise you to do the same!
#5 of 25 gas cost for a vr6
Jul 30, 2008 (7:26 pm)
hi i am new and i am thinking of getting a 1995 passat vr6. its only 1500$ and it only got 90,000 miles on it. now what type of gas mileage does it get if ur not heavy on the foot?
#6 of 25 Re: gas cost for a vr6 [gohanmoka]
Jul 30, 2008 (9:02 pm)
I used to have a 1995 VR6 Passat GLX 5-Speed, and I was easily able to get over 30 mpg if I kept my foot out of it (keep in mind that VW recommends Premium Fuel for this engine, and if you run Regular, your mileage will suffer).
#7 of 25 Re: 2004 VW Passat - Buying used [ehg2001]
Aug 28, 2008 (11:27 pm)
When Passats are running well they are great cars. I love my wagon...
Call these guys they are the best in the NorthWest!
#8 of 25 2006 4motion Passat
Sep 16, 2008 (12:35 pm)
Iím looking at a 2006 4motion Passat (base model 4motion; ie, V6, vtex, 6-speed auto, sunroon, 6-disc CD changer, 17Ē wheels) with 12k miles for $19.5k. Itís VW certified (hence a 2 year warranty extension). Is this a good deal?
#9 of 25 99 Passat GLS 1.8T
Jan 20, 2009 (10:42 am)
99 Passat GLS 1.8TI have the chance to buy a 99 passat 1.8T 115,000 miles I have heard some bad things about them ran a carfax apears to have been serviced regularly
Any advice would be appreciated
Also have heard they need a timing belt around this mileage is there anyway to tell if this has been done and how much would it cost is it a do it yourself replacement or does it need to be done at a dealer
Jan 20, 2009 (1:48 pm)
if car comes with maintenance record (oil change 5000 miles with oil meeting VW spec) then I would go ahead.
Belts were supposed to be replaced before 105K miles; whole front of the car needs to be removed (radiator tilts forward) as there is no space for hands to work.