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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: 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.
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
Cons: price for up keep
Advice: get a standard!I have had my Passat for 2 years now. I have absolutely no complaints. The acceleration and the handling are that of a sports car. I purchased a standard and from what I have found out about the automatics, it was definitely to my advantage. I would recommend this car to anyone young and old.
Cons: Interior seat & door material quality
Advice: Get the leather & the Monsoon sound system. I'm sorry I didn't.Mechanically, a great car. No problems after 7 months...but did you ever try to CLEAN those velour SEATS??? It's IMPOSSIBLE!!! I've spent more money on fancy brushes designed to clean this material, but to no avail. And the best part...my dealer recommends DUCT TAPE, as they can't find anything to clean it either!!! Frankly, it makes me so mad, I most definitely would NOT have purchased this car if I knew this. My wife bought me a huge roll of EXTRA WIDE DUCT TAPE for Christmas!!!
Pros: Very quiet cabin
Cons: Body roll
Advice: Buy it in base model and put some 16 or 17 inch perfromance wheels on it.The interior is awesome. Not cheap at all, very Audi looking. The violet dash lights enchant me everytime I use the car at night. Plenty of room in the car. The brakes require very little effort and the abs stops straight. The automatic shift is a little sluggish. I prefer the tiptronic mode, to get the extra power quickly. The Monsoon stereo is awesome. The gas mileage is very good considering it uses premium fuel. The suspension needs some stiffing. It leans alittle to much. This might be from the soft sidewall Michelins, 195-65-15.
Pros: tightness of the car
Cons: Turbo noise from the engine
Advice: Drive it on an open road to check out the noise levelIt's a great car...just too noisy. The turbo makes the engine sound loud.