Question about 2003 Volkswagen Passat
Plenty. has it had regular oil changes with sysnthetic or semi as these engines gummed up when new due to turbos cooking standard oil and were done under warranty.Alluminium suspension parts wear and more so with abusive driving and you need toilet paper or a diaper when given quotes to replace it all.Electric windows can break and door lock mechanisms stop working and turbos fail.Cambelt history is a must unless you paid peanuts.I have a 1998 20v turbo sport and from new lots were done during release because of factory problems but after that they are faithfull cars if maintained.I clean and lubricate all lock mechanisms monthly and service once a year as well as balancing and alighnment.If you start the car from cold dont rev it just let it idle(dont let the seller sell you a warmed up car)and listen for a smooth idle.Increase the revs to 2000 after 30 seconds and keep it steady to get someone to check for smoke from the tailpipe.Release the throttle and listen for anything rattley like 20 valves that didnt see regular oil changes.If the antifreeze is missing and the water rusty or dodgy looking and the same for the brakefluid, leave it.Check clutch workings and i changed my gearbox oil when i bought mine as there were gearbox issues from new with this car but it can be down to the thrashem brigade who go from 0-60 in seconds.They are good cars but any car is if you treat it with respect.
Posted on Feb 12, 2010
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