1998 Volkswagen Passat User Reviews

1998 Volkswagen Passat Review Ratings

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  • Performance:3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars 3.9 / 5
  • Appearance:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Overall: 4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5

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"fuel economy" 8 reviews
"ride" 7 reviews
"power" 7 reviews
"speed" 7 reviews
"space" 3 reviews
"build quality" 3 reviews
"cheap car" 3 reviews
"handling" 3 reviews
"interior" 3 reviews
"reliable car" 2 reviews

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1998 Volkswagen Passat 4 Dr GLS 1.8T Turbo Wagon Review
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its a very fast car , its good on snow , and holds alot of cargo space

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it needs a tune up

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Its Been A Great Experience Having It — it was a great car to have around everyone in the neighborhood use to give me thumbs up , it was a very cool car and it has great exhaust sound . Ilove it only reason why im selling it is because i bought a new one

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1998 Volkswagen Passat 4 Dr GLS 1.8T Turbo Sedan Review
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fast cheap car

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expensive parts

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Great Runner — fast 150 bhp turbo engine good quality build great leather interior nice overall looking car nice thrill when you race it,people do not expect much from a passat but not all are diesel avoid this sport trim passat because parts cost double the price then usual passat specially suspension and engine

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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1998 Volkswagen Passat 4 Dr GLS 1.8T Turbo Sedan Review
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efficent, comfortable and fast

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Old interior

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Awesome Bang-for-your-buck — Accelration is awesome, braking is also awesome, soft suspension so cornering is not as fast as it could go, but still quick enough to beat my mates in corollas and pulsars. Slight dent, but I want to get that out. As a student, it is cheap as to run. Make it 2 weeks on 50L of 98 unleaded. This car is so much fun, quick from 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Never floored it in 4th, but hoping to go to a racetrack and try it out there.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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1998 Volkswagen Passat 4 Dr GLS 1.8T Turbo Sedan Review
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Beautiful and powerful car. Nice interior lights.

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It goes a lot to the mechanic. Turbo and transmission are problematic

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Nice Car When New But Problematic With 3-4 Years Of Use. — Performance - nice acceleration and power (good turbo) Build Quality - turbo and transmission problems Appearance - innovative exterior and very nice interior. The purple and red lights look good. Cost of Ownership - regular maintenance very expensive. It is very efficient with the gas consumption.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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1998 Volkswagen Passat 4 Dr GLS 1.8T Turbo Sedan Review
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Fun,Comfortable,Fast,Cheap,Safe,Nice car.

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well actually there's no real reason to avoid buying this car.The only thing that can make you think is it's a really big car(4.67 meters)so if you want something smaller go and die.

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I Love Passat!!! — It has a 150 hp 1.8 turbo engine.yeah i love my car.It can accelerate to 100 km less than 8.5 seconds.It's a veryy gun tu drive.Thank you.IT is a very high quality carMy daddy oened it for 2 years (2003-2005) even it was already 5 y.o. when we bought it we didn't go to service unless it was time to periodic maintence.It's really a masterpiece-both interior and exterior.-Ergonomy is excellent everything is at a place where they should be.It has relatively low fuel consumption.But of course it has a higher cost of ownership than a 1.4 liter car.But it has nearly no cost of maintence.I guess this car won't need a high cost operation even it's 10 years old.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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1998 Volkswagen Passat 4 Dr GLS 1.8T Turbo Sedan Review
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Quick, sounds great, solid build, good fuel mileage

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Exciting — Very solid car, German engineering is outstanding even in the older models. Handling could be more solid and braking could be more responsive. This can be fixed with suspension and brake upgrades. This car is very fun to drive, especially with the chip upgrade for the turbo. Very quick.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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1998 Volkswagen Passat 4 Dr GLS 1.8T Turbo Sedan Review
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nice looking, pretty fast

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is expensive to insure for a first time driver

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Good Car — Nice looking car. I've owned mine for just under 2 years now and never had any problems with it. It's the first car I've owned so the insurance was very expensive, though it's gone down quite a bit now I have 1 years no claims. It accelerates pretty quickly and is quite economical for the size of the car. I've used it for towing too, it can tow my 2 motorbike trailer with no problems.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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1998 Volkswagen Passat 4 Dr GLX V6 Sedan Review
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It is a total ride!

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The cost of maintenance when the time comes...

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Aint Nothing Like German Techno — On performance great ride, road handling stable great pick up on acceleration. Build quality 9 years and still great Gas mileage great maintenance expensive but quality I am a manual transmission chick lloving it, love the control You know how I do!

Primary Use: Family transportation

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1998 Volkswagen Passat 4 Dr GLS 1.8T Turbo Sedan Review
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fun, spacious, great sound system

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parts can get pricey and repairs to

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Great Car — its a solid car as long as you keep it up and keep turbo approved oil in it. gas millage is great for this size car but it only takes 93 so its varys in prices. overall a great first car for anybody.

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1998 Volkswagen Passat Review
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enormous trunk

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terrible acceleration

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Familiy Car — Nice looking both outside and from the inside. The trunk is amazing, holds everything one family with a small kid could possibly toss in, but the 1.6 petrol engine is quite unsuitable for anything but barely moving from point A to point B, so to say.

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2015 Volkswagen Passat Reviews

Love This Car... By dpkdo731

I like the fuel efficiency, cost and stylishness of the vehicle. It is sporty, but does not lose its ability to be professional and classy. The 45-50MPG is fantastic and the Diesel TDI will go fore... Read More

Made For America With German Engineering. By Pal_venkat

I have recently bought my VW Passat 1.8 TSI SE with Nav. Initially went to buy VW Golf then ended up with the Passat because of the size. I love the interior not being too busy. Very simple and decent... Read More

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2014 Volkswagen Passat Reviews

This Is A Surprisingly Good Ride. By BobSteveVA

I've been a BMW driver for about 12 years and loved the 5 series I drove. After not being able to get a manual transmission and reaching my max to spend for a set of wheels, I decided to stay German b... Read More

Best Diesel Car/sedan For Your Money. Period. By 5DDFL

Everything about it is fantastic! Owning this has sold me on the TDI brand for life. Having the Diesel engine is a bit more expensive so I wouldn't suggest buying a new one unless you plan on drivin... Read More

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2013 Volkswagen Passat Reviews

A Fuel-sipping Champion. By Brian

This is a terrific all around family car. The seating is huge, it is fuel efficient, and handles well. The design is spartan and timeless. The only thing I've noticed over time is that the paint doesn... Read More

Great Reliable Car By Ginese1

I drove this car to and from Tampa for two years and never had a moments problem with it. Its enjoyable to drive and looks great. Does very well on gas mileage and handles well in wet conditions. T... Read More

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2012 Volkswagen Passat Reviews

Great Overall Car By tneff350

This car was great. I did much out of town traveling and experienced great MPG through my interstate travels. Even better while traveling down two-lane roadways at 65-70 MPH. Very roomy car with lots ... Read More

Solid Family Car By ElephantMovers

I loved the style and handling, I was worried about the breaking system and reports about the car being slow to stop, but have had no problems so far. The back seat area is great for our kids. The hea... Read More

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2010 Volkswagen Passat Reviews

Love It By JS4357

One of the best vehicles I've driven. The antenna system seems to act up during cold weather as the receiver has to warm up before the signal goes to 100% during warm up it only receives at about 65% ... Read More

3d Passat And No Wonder! By nedm

This 2010 is truly the last of the good performance Passats. VW blew it with the underpowered 2012+. It is simply a blast to drive. The 2.0L turbo w/ 200 hp is amazingly responsive and FAST! No wonder... Read More

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