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Pros: 1.8 L Turbo engine.
Cons: Back seat access.
Advice: Get the luxury package and 17 inch wheels.The 1.8 L Turbo has some get up and go. I purchased mine from the largest volume VW dealer in the US. It's a great car to say the least. Leather, sunroof, monsoon 200 watt radio with 8 speakers, sports suspension with 17 inch wheels. If you want a car that's sporty, quick and economical, you can't go wrong here. Once the turbo winds up, this car moves. It's quicker than the 2001 and 1st generation 2002 VR6 until the 200 hp model comes out later this month, but with better gas mileage. Sporty with some class to boot.
Pros: Quality of fit and finish
Cons: Limited availability of 1.8T wagons
Advice: Get the 1.8T GLS, 6 cylinder is a waste of money and gasI have been a Toyota owner for the past twenty years. If there is one European car company that can give Toyota,Honda,Nissan a run for their money it is Volkswagen. It is one the finest automobiles I have every owned
Pros: smooth VR6 engine
Cons: all the rest
Advice: buy a previous generation- they had less quality issuesEngine is fabulous except in the first year spent in the dealership more time than on the road because of every possible electrical problem.All the window motors burnt without chance of replacing for lack of spares in the US; ECU was eventually replaced; all anti-corrosion wax melted and ended down on the road; leather seats have no side-bolstering; seat memory never worked; passenger side mirror has a mind of its own; rear view mirror does not automatically dim( I miss a normal mirror).Car is going thru its 3rd battery, for its original capacity is too low for a car with a million of power features.Engine heats up very fast on hot days running AC. Requires Premium gas for normal ride.Original air filter must be thrown away after signing purchase papers-it sufficates the engine from 2500 rpm( replace it with a K&N unit).1st gear engages very ruffly in any situation. Cupholders over the CD tray-Duh!!! Autoclimate controls are too small and too close to a shiftstick, eventually they start sticking to each other. Wood trim though of good quality- was an afterthought by fitment.Outside mirrors should be %10 larger for this size of a car.
Pros: heated leather seats, the backseat folds to double trunk space
Cons: I do'nt know you tell me
Advice: buy the 1.8T plenty of power if do not pull a trailor get the full packageWe bought our Passat in November 2001 with all the options. The response is awsome. No trouble. The dealer's mechanic told us to use 87 octane especially in cold weather. We switch between regular & super no trouble. My wife likes the automatic and I use the Triptonic on ocasion.All in all a sports car with limousine features at a reasonable price.
Pros: Diesel engine, 5 speed transmission, and stereo
Cons: Seats - velour catches lint and adjustments are a chore
Advice: Do not get a sunroof if you need headroom in the rear seats.I Love my car! The gear shifting in the 5 speed is sweet. The diesel has only 90 hp, but it makes up for it with 149 ft-lb torque. Acceleration is strong and quick, and it gets unbeatable gas mileage of 50 mph.
Pros: More car for less money
Cons: Cup holder placement, and door rattles
Advice: make sure you live close to the dealergreat car when it works...have had five major problems (all fixed under warranty) within first 6000 miles of the car. Be careful, VW pretends as if your car is the only one that has a door rattle... Maybe I should have bought that Honda, with a better service record?!
Cons: Premium fuel requirement
Advice: Compare to other like foreign makes and VW will impress.Can't beat features or performance for the money. Love my Passat