Hello, I was wondering what is the "life expectancy" on VWs in general. I have a 2002 Passat 1.8T with a manual transmission that has about 90K miles on it. I was wondering how long the car will last, and if I will need to put in a lot of money in repairs. So far, beside for a few hoses, I only needed to do maintenance work.
I am asking because I would not mind getting an SUV. But the choices for a manual transmission SUV are very limited. I was considering getting the Kia Sorrento in the next few years, but I just learned that they discontinued the manual transmission model so I would need to get one now. I am not sure if a brand new Kia Sorrento would be better than a nine year old VW Passat.
Also, would I get some of the money back for the timing belt change I just had done on my car. Is that taken into account when trading a car in, or selling it used?