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VW Passat 1.8 SE 20V Turbo Saloon

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      12.05.2012 08:37

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      brilliant car i had it about 3 years no probs at all just works

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      30.10.2009 12:14
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      a nice saloon but service it regularly

      I was about to review this last week, but my passat then decided to die on me! Basically what happened is the timing belt went on it and caused major damage to engine and valves and basically was going to cost neatl 1k to fix so i decided to offload it for a measly £80!!!

      However, that was probably my fault for not getting it serviced or checked out so i wont mark it down too much for this mishap.

      The Drive.

      Driving the passat is lovely, its gear changes are smooth, the suspension is good and its good on the motorway. The seats are comfortable and easily adjusted to suit your driving needs, you have plenty of vision throughout the car, both looking forward and in the rear, so even though its a biggish car its easier to park with the vision you get. You can get good speeds in the passat aswell, think the fastest i got up to was 132mph. It gets up to 60mph quickish aswell, ill put the spec up later in the review.

      The Reliability.

      This is a section i cant comment much on as i onyl had the car for 7 months, however the 7 month i had it, it seemed fine until the recent timing belt incident, it is recommened that you change them every 70k, the car i had had done 90k and im not sure if it had been changed previously or not so a lesson learned there.

      The Interior

      Its quite a nice spacious area inside, there are plenty of storage spots aswell, 4 cup holders in total, an arm rest for the driver which also has storage inside it, i used that for a torch and sunglasses aswell as some loose change so its not on show, nice little touch that. Other storages included under the radio, under the steering wheel, the side of the windows and the passenger compartment, which is a nice size aswell.
      The seats are comfortable in cloth, there is a vanity mirror on both the passenger and drivers sun visors with a light for the night time aswell. There is a 6 cd mulitchanger in the boot with an fm radio and cassette in the front, the controls are easy to use and the sound was very good for a standard sound system. The boot is very large aswell and i could fit my golf clubs and trolley in there without a problem, aswell as the weekly shopping.

      The performance

      The passat i had is a 1.7 turbo and it could move quick for a saloon car. It was fast on the motorway when changing lanes and overtaking other cars. The brakes are very good aswell, although not ABS they were still very solid and stopped quickly and efficiently. The downside here is that it eats juice, i reckon i was getting about 23-25 mpg even with motorway driving each day.

      The Spec.

      Air-Bag, Air-Conditioning, Alloy Wheels, Anti-Lock Brakes, Central Locking, Electric Mirrors, Electric Windows, Passenger Air-bag, Power Steering


      Overall.

      A well built machine, drives well and if serviced and looked after well will last you a long time, shame mine didnt however!

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      12.01.2008 18:24

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      Buy one you wont be diapointed

      The passat 1.8 turbo is one fine car the Germans have done it again , I have owned my passat for almost 2 years now and I can say it is the best car that I have owned , it a good looking car , runs like a bat out off hell very fast for such a small engine. I live in western canada where we do get a little snow in the winter but the passat does not have any problems getting me through . And as for the interior I am 6' 2' and 280 lbs , and even for a big guy like me there is plenty of room for comfort . The sound system is fantastic , good axcess to all the controls , and yes those heated seats for our canadian winter are great for keeping your cheeks warm are also an added bonus .

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      28.06.2007 22:49

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      Amazing car, shame its so heavy on fuel

      Why did I sell this car!
      I bought a passat because I needed a bigger car. I have always been into volkswagons so I know alot about the engines e.t.c.
      I started out by looking at the tdi to be sensible but saw a 1.8 20v on ebay which I payed £2200 for.

      My first suprise was how quick the car was, I knew it was 1.8 turbo but its a big car (bigger than some parking spaces). The fist few days i was driving it i was like a loony, how could a car this big go this fast. I then proceeded to take all my freinds out in it who were equally amazed. This car would give my golf gti a run for its money.

      After zooming the car around i realised i was going to the petrol station a hell of a lot, but i didn't mind cos i felt great when i was driving. You know the feeling you get when you are driving around in a nice car you are proud of.

      The climate control was instant, the sound system sound like it was amped with a sub (gamma radio 8 speakers) You can even cool you drinks in the glove box.

      This is the best overall car I have ever driven, gti performace, luxury ride and great looks.

      + My girlfreind loves this car.

      But like all cars it does have bad points, 1 i have touched on the fuel economy.

      Once i had finnished zooming i tried to conserve fuel but found it hard to get much more than 30mpg and got around 300 miles from around £46.

      2. rear suspension feels a bit spongey.

      3. power steering is a little to sensitive for my liking.

      4. seats are a little bit hard.

      Even with all this, I would buy one tommorow if i could afford the fuel.
      amazing car,

      Think i will have to try the tdi instead.

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      08.11.2001 19:48
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      Having a need to sell my car, a few weeks back, I was faced with the difficult choice of choosing a worthy replacement. Originally I had an old (9 years) BMW 320, so I wanted something of simlar performance and build quality. As it was mainly for the wife to drive, I also wanted improved safety features. My original dream choice was the Nissan 200SX (not the safest car I'll admit, but I got sucked in by the japanese reliability, and that 200bhp figure!), and after having taken a few for a test drive, really wanted to get one. I was shot down however, soon after when I called to get an insurance quote for it; £1200 for the both of us....ah well, good while it lasted. Also being rear wheel drive and so powerful, I would worry a little about damp roundabouts! This forced me to 'get real' and consider a more normal car, which in my view left me with the Volkswagen Passat, Peugeot 406, or Ford Mondeo. The 406 is a great looker and handler, but the engines need to be large to get good performance, hence they are thirsty. Also having had a Citroen many years ago, I was a little suspicious of French build quality! The Mondeo is an always improving car (even to the point of looking like an Audi/Volkswagen in its newest incarnation!), but at the age range I could afford, they were looking kind of common, and didnt really appeal to me. Then it was the Passats turn. I knew of their safety, build quality and reliability through reputation really, and having taken one for a test drive, I was surprised at how good they were to drive too! After checking through WhatCar, I reckoned the 1.8 Turbo was the one I was after, as it had the same 150hp as my old car, and better fuel consumption at 34mpg overall. The same engine is used in the Audi A4 and A6, and even in the Audi TT although its tuned higher though. Its a very eager engine and feels more eager to drag you past the speed limit (although it doesnt sound as nice, being a four cylinder). Build quality is high, wi
      th a sturdy dash and upholstery. Safety is also good, with twin airbags, and a solid body (of which I've heard a few stories of them coming out practically unscathed from road acidents). The car shape itself is a little 'bulbous', leaving shorter people with a little too much hairspace, but thats minor foible. Handling is good and assured if a little softer than what I'm used to - makes the roads in south London a little better though! Overall a lovely car with good performance, quality, and safety! UPDATE! - Have recently sold the car after several years of good service. Disappointed however with certain faults of the VW/Audi parts. Namely, the front shock absorbing rubber bushes have a tendency to give out. Once this happens, an annoying squeak occurs. If trusted to VW to fix, this would cost many hundreds of pounds as they would want to replace all 12 or so bushes, and the control arm (all this for a little squeak!) per side. Minor electrical faults started to kick in at about 90,000 miles, amongst other irritating problems. As a result have traded in and gone back to my old favourite, Nissan. Review coming shortly!

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