I am looking at buying an 03 Passat W8 w/95,000 miles & 1 owner car. It is very clean and have had it inspected all checks out. I plan on getting an extended warranty if I purchase. I like the car but am afraid it wind up being a money pit since they do not make this car anymore. The closest dealership to where I live is 1 1/2hrs away so I cannot run it to the dealer all the time for issues. I want a reliable nice used VW. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
Should I buy? on 2003 Volkswagen Passat W8
by huskydawg in Moses Lake, WA on July 11, 2010
ANSWER by patrick mannion on July 11, 2010
It just seems to me that any of the European cars especially the higher end or more complex cars just seem to cost more to fix than any of he Asian cars. My opinion is you can't beat the Lexus, Toyota, Acura or Honda products. Have a pre-purchase inspection done by a garage knowledgeable in VW products, it will be money well spent, hat they find may divert you from buying a "bad car" and or what they find (lack of maintenance or repairs needed) can be used to negotiate price. Look at the details of warranty to see what is and is not covered , some warranties are much better than others.
ANSWER by Visitor on July 22, 2010
Run, don't buy!!!
ANSWER by shannon2019 on July 31, 2010
good car but money pit
ANSWER by garyowen on July 30, 2015
I have owned two W8s, a 2002 & a 2003, both wagons. Wonderful car, but repairs will be expensive. On the plus side, drives like a dream, smooth, great acceleration & the 4Motion is unstoppable in the snow IF you use winter ("snow") tires.
The mechanic told me that to replace the spark plugs that he is going to have to take out the engine. Is that true? How often do they need to be replaced and how much should they run?