Ask yourself which you prefer: Having money in the bank or your car on the road? With a Passat you will rarely have both. Yes, parts for most imports are expensive across the board, but it would appea...
Ask yourself which you prefer: Having money in the bank or your car on the road? With a Passat you will rarely have both. Yes, parts for most imports are expensive across the board, but it would appear that VW is trying to lead the field in making even the most seemingly simple parts expensive.
VW's are very "pretty" cars, stylish and rather comfortable with roomy interiors. Handle well and can be a joy to drive.
However, inside lurks a money sucking monster.
Over all I am not a "Car Guy", to me they are tools for getting around. I don't baby them nor do I abuse them. I realize that tools must be taken care of and that they; like any machine, wear out and break down over time.
That being said; I feel that if you take care of your tools you should be able to count on them to work reasonably well.
Within 6 months two of my brothers and I all bought Passats. the only one still in the family is a diesel. The others have been scrapped.
First off, hopefully whomever is selling you the car tells you about the timing belt issue. Do not take this lightly unless you want to rebuild your entire engine when it goes; as happened to my brother.
At first mine only had a few little random things wear out/break down. Not all the time by any means, but often enough that I took notice because as I mentioned above even the "little" things are expensive.
It continually got worse and worse as time went on. Including repeated repairs on the same issues; each equally expensive and equally useless. Engine, multiple issues with the wheel area, exhaust...etc
Finally, between about 147,500 - 155,000 miles I had over $8,000 in repairs. Which was rather aggravating as I had paid $15,000(approx) for the car to begin with. During my latest; and subsequently last, repair I was told by the dealer that I should consider buying a new car as "These things don't really last much past 160,000." He even offered to let me test drive some new ones while I waited for my apparently terminally ill car to be repaired.
I did not take him up on the offer.
I may be wrong, but I do not find it unreasonable to expect a car to last beyond 160,000 if you take even halfway decent care of it. Sure it won't look or run like new, that's to be expected with wear and tear. But, to have it start falling apart no matter what?
Ever heard the phrase "There's two days you loving owning a boat; the day you buy it and the day you sell it." That is how I now feel about Volkswagen. Perhaps if they spent a little less focus on beauty and the bells and whistles and more on reliability they would be great cars. However, I will never purchase one again.
New to 60,000 miles they are beautiful cars which are amazing to drive. After that your better off dumping it and buying something that will not break your bank.