Vw Passat (2000 x reg )
Added: 11th of October 2013
I purchased my current Passat 4 years ago after losing my previous one in an accident in the snow and ice of early2009. I am familiar with the mechanics and occasional foibles of these cars and was not afraid to buy a higher mileage example in reasonable condition. I also enjoy the services of an independent ' one man band ' vw/Audi specialist who I trust implicitly, has proved reliable, and who charges a reasonable hourly rate. My experience of the current vehicle, overall, has been a positive one and I regard it as a success. In addition to the usual servicing every 10000 miles I have had only two other ' hiccups ' firstly requiring the rebuilding of the turbo, and secondly, when a cam belt tensioner bolt bent ( over time ) causing the cam belt to begin to shred longitudinally fortunately, without damage to the engine. A replacement cambelt kit together with the offending tensioner stud cured the problem.This latter problem occurred some 8000miles prior to when the cam belt was due for routine replacement so the I was reasonably philosophical about this incident occurring. I enjoy the Passat for its general comfort, spaciousness, load carrying capacity and its overall economy Many long distance journeys have resulted in fuel consumption figures exceeding 60 miles per gallon.I have not allowed the two ' major ' mechanical incidents dampen my enthusiasm for these vehicles. I am a little unusual in a sense in that I have had a (pretty much ) life long policy of purchasing higher mileage vehicles of proven long term reliability, maintaining them as required, and being tolerant of them when they fail to live up to expectations. From a financial perspective I have found I have found that this to be to my advantage.