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    1. Member NathanHeeney's Avatar
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      Feb 23rd, 2012
      Phoenix, AZ
      04-10-2012 06:24 PM #1
      I'm interested in buying a used B5 Passat. Is their any type of Passat that I should avoid that would be unreliable and require a lot of maintenance?

      Here is the Passat I am interested in buying. http://kansascity.craigslist.org/cto/2916671159.html

    2. Member scotts13's Avatar
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      Feb 15th, 2007
      Lehigh County, Pa.
      2004 GLS 1.8T
      04-10-2012 07:06 PM #2
      I've you haven't had a Passat before, they're all pretty unreliable compared to a Japanese car. More precisely, you have to be absolutely scrupulous with maintenance or very bad and expensive things will happen.

      However, it appears the one you've chosen is a good example. First, make sure the timing belt has been done. It's not technically due by miles, but it's WAY past due by time. As preventative maintenance, it's a $1200 job, but if it breaks, it's a $4000+ repair. Next, make absolutely sure the heater core isn't clogged and that everything electrical works. Then inspect the front suspension for looseness and rattles. All good? Buy it.

      Oh, and don't believe the seller if the Check Engine light is on and he tells you it's nothing. Maybe; but it could also be the dreaded catalytic converter problem the V6 suffers from - and that could be another $2500 or so.

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