I bought mine new in September of 99, thus got a good deal as the 2000 year models were already out for a while. Got it for $19k. Which at the time, compared to Camry, Accord, Subaru of same model w...
I bought mine new in September of 99, thus got a good deal as the 2000 year models were already out for a while. Got it for $19k. Which at the time, compared to Camry, Accord, Subaru of same model with similiar equipments, that was great price.
At time when this car came out, VW was trying to gain a foothold in the mid-size family sedan market that was dominated by Honda and Toyota. As such, Passat was aggresively priced and very very well equiped. It had standard side airbags when the others did not. It had a sophisticated suspension system that gave it character as compared to others. It had a trip computer, outside temp display, fuel consumption (average/current), tweeter/woofer speakers (they are cheap paper ones though), full size spare (cool), and far superior interior dash materials. Also, since VW bought AUDI, so Passat got the strong AUDI 1.8T engine (which I chipped via APR to 190HP and 220 torque) and a solid 5 speed automatic (I think lots of others were still using 4 speed at the time). And best of all, it had a 7 year 100kmiles powertrain warranty (it came in handy). Lastly, it looked better than other cars. That is why I bought mine.
But in its 7 years service, it is not without its problems:
1. the right rear window failed 3 times in 3 years (warranty);
2. vaccum line leaked due to poor quality (warranty) and I have since replaced them with silicone ones;
3. something else failed that gave me an engine light (warranty);
4. MAF (mass air flow) sensor failed (paid by me, oouch);
5. had to had upper control arms and CV boots replaced (paid by me, ouch);
6. had the leaky valve cover gasket replaced (under 7yrs/100k powertrain warranty);
7. ABS (anti-lock brake) control module failed (repaired and re-installed myself).
Those are the "unusal" failures/repairs I had done to the car. Other stuff are of regular maintaince wear/tear, so I do not list them. As you can see, not too bad, but not too good either. But I knew when I bought my car that this is what I am getting into, so I am not "shocked".
All and all, it is still kicking strong. I think it can make it to 150k or 200k without any major issues.