No major repairs 133k
June 3, 2018
Solid stopping, great acceleration, very good MPG, ESP & handling, and advanced safety where reasons our family chose the VW Passat. Everyone in our family has really enjoyed driving it. This 12 year old car that we've had for the past 10 years has been, like most cars a bitter /sweet experience; how much bitter and how much was sweet?
Here is what it is and has been over the years, some body rust because I believe the previous owner had some paint work done improperly.
So, aside from the premium gas, tires, brakes, battery, synthetic oil changes, timing belt, and the water pump maintenance; in the past 10 years these other issues transpired, 5 Headlight bulbs, 2 door lock actuators, one set of plugs and two ignition coils replaced, Ground wire cable replaced to chaise for proper starter operation, air bag recall, airbag drivers seat, engine cylinder carbon tending to build up as it does on other Direct injection motors. The FSI engine needs to be pushed on the expressway occasionally to keep carbon from building up and run happier.
Well that's it, the Motor, transmission, suspension, computers everything else is original and working. 12 years old with near 135k on it. Guess that's pretty Okay.
Other considerations: premium gas and VW has made this car hard to work on and some replacement parts overly expensive.
I would also like to note that it seemed like after the 10 year birthday of the car some VW dealers didn't service the car very well unless you would do all the recommended maintenance; often had to have simple work redone. Food for thought, maybe the old cars get worked on by their inexperience or only one star mechanics either way it hurts the customer and the brand.