1998 Volkswagen Passat User Reviews

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    Displaying 11 - 19 of 19 1998 Volkswagen Passat reviews.

    1998 Volkswagen Passat 4 Dr GLS V6 Sedan Review
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    The Best Of The Best — BEAUTIFUL! One of the best cars I have ever been in. The leather was beautiful. The dash, shifter, the engine, the trunk space. I mean, what is there not to like about it? The car is the Passat of the century. Better than today's, and yesteryear's VW PASSATS. I highly recommend it.

    Pros: Everything

    Cons: Nothing

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    1998 Volkswagen Passat 4 Dr GLS 1.8T Turbo Wagon Review
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    Ass Wagon — Easy car to drive

    Pros: Tons of room for road trips, Great gas mileage

    Cons: 1.8T and FWD has its limits

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    1998 Volkswagen Passat 4 Dr GLS 1.8T Turbo Sedan Review
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    Excellent Road Manners And Gas Mileage. But Required Quite A Bit Of Expensive Maintenance. — When I bought the car, it was the first of the B5 platform. It had excellent driving reviews. I considered this versus the Honda Accord Coupe. I went for the VW because it was so mujch cooler looking. Since this was my first car purchase, I pretty much got it for the looks I walked into the dealership and bought the floor model. It is Colorado Red with tan leather and I also got the 5 disc changer. It's a 5 speed manual 1.8L Turbo because I always wanted to drive stick. I babied the car. Hand waxed it twice a year. And hand washed it frequently. It lived in NJ, PA, MO, and now resides in CA. I still drive the car and have been attempting to do my own maintenance which has saved me some money. But overall, it has cost me a lot to repair since most garages in Bakersfield do not service the car with confidence so I take it to the dealership. It has 145000 miles on it. I am probably going to drive this car to its death.

    Pros: It has served me well. Still looks beautiful and drives smooth.

    Cons: Expensive to maintain.

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    1998 Volkswagen Passat 4 Dr GLS 1.8T Turbo Sedan Review
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    Second Car — I got my VW to get a break on rising gas prices. When the transmission started to go out at 100K, we took it in to the shop and found out the car was falling apart beneath me.

    Pros: Great gas mileage, Drove good, Enough power without being too weak.

    Cons: If one thing goes wrong, you better have warranty.

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    1998 Volkswagen Passat Review
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    Built To Last.. — My best car I've ever owned.. Prob most sensible, no bucket seats and not stripped out, but still best by a mile.

    Pros: Fuel economy, build quality, performance and looks..

    Cons: Costly complicated front suspension when it goes wrong. And that's it really.

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    1998 Volkswagen Passat 4 Dr GLS 1.8T Turbo Sedan Review
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    Entertaining Car — Solid car with uninspiring but simple good looks. Love the engine and trans and the general usability. Handling is adequate and predictable if not sports cad like

    Pros: Fantastic engine

    Cons: Cheap window mechanisms

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    1998 Volkswagen Passat 4 Dr GLS 1.8T Turbo Sedan Review
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    It Was "love" At First Sight At The Dealer, If One Can Love A Vehicle. — It has been a great vehicle for long road trips. But, I am at a decision-point with the Passat having 287,000 miles on it and a newly cracked and leaking radiator with a front end package of $1,700 to 2,000 - the repair cost being more than book value I would think. And how much more "life" would be left in a vehicle that has had very regular and thorough car by very good independent garages? My household has three vehicles and the Passat is the extra more or less, but owned solely by me. UPDATE: I found Lou's garage on the Boonsboro Road just outside of Lynchburg, VA and he and his crew did the work on replacing the cracked radiator, water pump (probable cause) and some other items for about $1100. The car runs fine and on one trip it got up to 37 MPG. I am very happy I found Lou's garage and I did not have to make the car donation!

    Primary Use: Family transportation

    Pros: The 1998 VW Passat GLS, 5-speed standard, has been a very good vehicle in terms of its appearance, performance, gas mileage, and the truck with drop down back seats give some good capacity.

    Cons: As what seems to be typical for German car, there are "electrical gremlins that seem to inhabit the car with some back door locks behaving oddly and one of the back seat windows also in this camp.

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    1998 Volkswagen Passat 4 Dr GLS 1.8T Turbo Sedan Review
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    It's Worth It. — A cheap car that drives like a very expensive one. Reasonable performance, suprising economy and superb comfort. No rust or blemishes, paint quality is very very good. You would not believe this a 100k miles car. My best Ebay purchase ever.

    Primary Use: Family transportation

    Pros: Build quality and reliability

    Cons: Major services and engine repairs are expensive

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    1998 Volkswagen Passat Review
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    Spacious Dog Freighter — A nice car. Reasonable comfortable, good handling, spacious. The 125 hp 1,8 without turbo is a bit of a bore though. Noisy, no spunk and a pretty heavy drinker. If you decide to buy one you should make sure that the links in the front chassi has been replaced with better stuff than the original ones. If you don't chances are that they will cause you a great deal of grief.

    Primary Use: Family transportation

    Pros: Space, looks pretty good, nice interior

    Cons: Weak linkage in and around the front suspension

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    Reviews From Other Years

    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

    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

    2013 Volkswagen Passat Reviews

    A Fuel-sipping Champion. By Beta_400

    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

    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

    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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