1999 Volkswagen Passat User Reviews

1999 Volkswagen Passat Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 26 reviews

  • Performance: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
  • Appearance:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Build Quality:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Overall: 4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 9 reviews
"fuel economy" 6 reviews
"power" 5 reviews
"handling" 4 reviews
"interior" 4 reviews
CONS
"expensive car" 6 reviews
"power" 3 reviews
"transmission" 2 reviews

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kbardsley writes:
1999 Volkswagen Passat 4 Dr GLX V6 Sedan Review
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heated seats

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everything else

kbardsley
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Looks Nice, But When One Thing Goes Wrong It Has The Domino Effect — While it is a stylish car, it has a terrible design flaw. The water drains off the windshield right onto the battery and over the cars computer. Then the hole to drain the water is about the size of a quarter and you better pray it never becomes blocked. In my 99' Passsat GLX, the hole became blocked and I was never aware that it even existed. So the water stayed in the battery compartment and came up over the battery. It also drained down into my driverside floor boards and back passenger floor! So now it is sitting in my driveway incapable of going any where without being towed because everything went wrong with the electrical system!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Joan writes:
1999 Volkswagen Passat Review
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Economical, quiet, comfortable, easy handling, many nice features including tiptronic, spacious inside, reliable with great style.

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It is slow to pick up speed, and when cold transmission seems stuck in first gear for a few moments. Only disappointing feature has been the drink holders and limited storage space in console and glove.

Joan
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Recommended To Us In '98, It Has Truly Been A Joy To Drive, Unsurpassed In Comfort And Space For Car Its Size, With Style And Extra Features As Well As A Decent Price. — My husband originally talked me into the Passat when I wanted a BMW. I have not regretted our decision and think the Passat, as well as the newer Jettas, to be some of the most attractive cars on the road. I have been asked by many people if I enjoy driving mine. It's as if they already know the answer. We have since purchased a 2005 Jetta (used/certified with extended warranty) for our daughter and she has been equally pleased. With routine maintenance ours have been relatively trouble-free. It is only after 8 years that I have begun to have some mild problems starting it, so we are currently investigating the cause.

Owner for 7 years, 8 months

Miles Driven per Year:10,000

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April writes:
1999 Volkswagen Passat 4 Dr GLX V6 Sedan Review
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reliable

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expensive 2 fix

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It Ok — she drives ok....i think something is wrong with the transmission and she has alot of problems with the windows going up and down on there own when ur driving and the door locks dont work...good on gas but cost alot 2 fix if something goes wrong.

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Tom writes:
1999 Volkswagen Passat 4 Dr GLS 1.8T Turbo Sedan Review
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Turbo, Acceleration

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Nothing

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1999 Volkswagen Passat 4 Dr Gls 1.8t Turbo — I really like this car. The acceleration is amazing with the 1.8t. The car has good traction in the snow, but would be better if I had the traction control. I wish that it was a 4Motion - then it would be great!

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Shaun writes:
1999 Volkswagen Passat 4 Dr GLS 1.8T Turbo Sedan Review
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Power Train, interior

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Glitches and how easy it is to screw up the alighnment. Cost of fixing

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Passat — The VW is pretty much a excellent turbo engine on a car that has more clitched then a robot build by Homer Simpson. The car flings around corners on try days with percision but suffers under wet weather as it is not four wheel drive. The car feels so much more bigger inside then outside which gives it a rich feeling but suffers when you are parking

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Shemy writes:
1999 Volkswagen Passat 4 Dr GLS 1.8T Turbo Sedan Review
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5

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Recently bought this car for 1,200, love it

Sounds great, drives amazing for her age

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non yet

Shemy
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. — Only had this car a short time and I already love it. It's a standard transmission so it's always fun to drive. Interior is great, black leather seats with a pretty good factory audio system. For the price it is an amazing car

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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BilltheBruinsFan writes:
1999 Volkswagen Passat 4 Dr GLS 1.8T Turbo Sedan Review
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With zippy engine, and manual shift, this car is still fun to drive at 165k + miles. Great in the New England snow with all season radials. Has many added features that one would normally pay extra for in most cars--see review.

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The old engine seized up at 80k miles, but VW supplied me with a new one, no questions asked. I've changed with synthetic oil ever since, and no problems. AAMCO Rebuilt the transmission at 100k miles or so; still going strong. The sunroof leaked until I learned merely to clear the drainage tubes in the front passenger door jambs. The cloth headliner now sagging a bit.

BilltheBruinsFan
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Affordable Luxury — This car had one of the widest array of no-charge features, including: split rear seat sunroof trip computer excellent sound system alloy wheels adjustable intermittent wipers, and assisted braking (ABS). Gets great gas mileage--32 MPG on average with the Passat VW tires (I lost about 2 MPG of that with a replacement set of Kelly, all season radials). Really a great car.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Efra writes:
1999 Volkswagen Passat 4 Dr GLS 1.8T Turbo Sedan Review
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It look great...

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auto transmission

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Deutsch-engineering Und Perfektion — I like this car because is fast, is a 4 cyl. but it feel like a 6 cyl, the braking is fantastic and the handling is amazing you need to drive test it... don't need repairs, both interior and exterior look beautiful, I fill the tank with $23.00 a week fun and nice ride...

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Alex writes:
1999 Volkswagen Passat 4 Dr GLS V6 Sedan Review
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Fun handling

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The cup holders

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Good Car For The Money And Fun While Still Being Practical — The only problem is the cup holders are essentially nonfunctional. The car is peppy with the V6 although over 200 hp would be better than the 190 it is rated at. Brakes well. Minimal repairs, had to replace the clutch but that's more due to my aggressive driving than the car. No squeaks or squeals. Minimal cost in terms of parts needed. Interior is nice but I would opt for the leather seats if one has the opportunity. Materials are pleasing to the eye and the blue lighted gauges are awesome. Handles the corners well, as a european car should. I have fun driving the car. I have a 5 speed manual transmission, which is a good transmission and makes the driving a bit more spirited. Fuel economy is decent. 22 mpg approximately and that's with a lot of spirited driving.

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Andrea writes:
1999 Volkswagen Passat 4 Dr GLS 1.8T Turbo Sedan Review
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If you have a family, you like clutch, turbo, and a car that has a lot of aftermarket parts this is so the car for you!

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Finding mecanics that know what they are doing.

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Good Investment —

Primary Use: Family transportation

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2014 Volkswagen Passat Reviews

One Of The Best Sedans On The Road. By Ventura

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2013 Volkswagen Passat Reviews

Great Vehicle, Highly Recommended And Would Definitely Buy Again. By Cdallaird

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2012 Volkswagen Passat Reviews

Great Value And Sexy!! By christycritter79

There is not too much not to like about this vehicle, all of its reviews and receive 5 stars for just about every category.the car is one of the most cleanest emissions vehicles in the country let a... Read More

Good Family Car By Chrismax

Good gas mileage, lots of room for a family. 2012 model year did not have back up cam or rear seat a/c vents which is a must with kids in the back seat. would recommend the Passat. Carefree mainten... Read More

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2010 Volkswagen Passat Reviews

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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It is an amazing car. The quaility is superior to many cars produced today and has much more than many that are 15 to 20K more. No one will be disappoint when they have a car that is like this. Read More

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2009 Volkswagen Passat Reviews

Audi Styling & Handling At Vw Pricing. By skyhawk182

Couldn't be happier with the Passat Wagon. Large storage use, handles like a dream and wonderful styling inside and out (but of course the 2012 version has been dummied down to look and drive like a ... Read More

Chris Thomas By Chris

Great quality car VW has really outdone themselves. It is very responsive and has great power especially in the 3.6 version. Handling is great for the size of the car. It is funny to race people in... Read More

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