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Watch Out ... VW Cares Nothing For You by Sad VW Driver on 05/04/2006. Trim: 1998 Volkswagen Passat GLS, Owned 9 years.
Pros: I like the styling, the "attitude," and Volkswagen's contribution to the tradition of stylish European touring sedans. It's my Audi "B5": fun to drive, somewhat comfortable, and--when running with no mechanical problems--almost pure pleasure.
Cons: One year ago this month, I spent around $2,000 on repairs, and this month I'm avoiding having $1,200 worth of necessary repairs done. Last night, I purchased a car cover to protect the interior (the passenger-side front window stopped working a few days ago, and it is stuck--like the driver-side window opposite it was last year--in the open position ... $360+ to fix) and it will sit in my driveway until I can coax someone into taking it off my hands at a bargain basement price. To have both CV joints rebuilt for the third time since I have owned the car is way too much (almost $500 per side) but it must be done in order to keep driving the car safely. The AM/FM/cassette has been replaced
Overall review: Constant trips to the Volkswagen dealership's service department. Combined with my wife's used 1994 VW Jetta and its occasional trips to the shop, sometimes I feel as if I live at the local VW service department. All the service reps know me by first name and details of my life, and the courtesy driver can find my house with no difficulty. I guess I've gotten some use out of this car, but my 1989 Jetta lasted me for 240,000 miles with only a few big repairs toward the end, but this car has nowhere near that mileage. I hate to buy Japanese, but I probably will with the next new car purchase. My wife (the more practical of us) is completely soured on Volkswagen. Sad, because I was a faithful believer (AKA sucker) at one time. Just another gullible consumer influenced by the slick marketing techniques of a company who then abandons me to my fate, displaying a shocking lack of interest in my ever doing business with them again.
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