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VW Passat Wagons (GL, GLS, GLX & W8)

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  • Our dealer offers a Smartchoice2000 Encore extended warranty (10 years/120000 miles) for $1,100 dollars. The general message I get from most sources is buy the VW backed warranty, though the price is higher and the coverage period is shorter. Has anyone had experience with the Encore warranty, or the VW warranty for that matter?
  • hzhhzh Posts: 3
    Does anyone have experience using the new convertible booster seats with the Passat '01.5? We really like the car but when we test drove it and tried out our car seats they didn't work. The rear seat belts, next to the doors, are set slightly forward allowing the car seat to move several inches side-to-side. The sales people were clueless about installing child car seats and their recommendation of putting foam underneath was ridiculous. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
  • mikeg61mikeg61 Posts: 28
    I have 2 kids in boosters right now. If you pull the seatbelt out all the way until the ratchets lock, then kneel on the car seat while pulling the belt back it will hold it in place. You need to put some weight on the seat and pull the belt tight, otherwise it slides around.
  • hzhhzh Posts: 3
    We kneeled in the seat and had the seatbelts as tight as they would go. We just couldn't get them to fit. It's nice to know some car seats do fit. What kind of boosters do you have? If the passat had the iso-fix we wouldn't have this problem.
  • zeenzeen Posts: 391
    No one has 2001.5 wagons in Eastern PA. When are they supposed to start arriving?
  • raybearraybear Posts: 1,776
    Are coming in dribs and drabs. Not a lot of inventory out there yet.
  • ark4ark4 Posts: 1
    i have a 2001.5 gls, passat wagon, automatic , monsoon locked in at 23,700--how does this sound?
  • rerskrersk Posts: 9
    I place a deposit for a GLX Wagon with 5spd manual. Dealer says a shipload arrived
    in Boston this week and there were no manual shift GLX wagons on the boat.
  • gtidrivegtidrive Posts: 4
    ark4:

    i paid 24,890 for the same but included luxury (wheels and sunroof).

    Your deal sounds decent. See if you can get the luxury package at dealer cost. The alloy wheels compliment the chrome trim really well.

    My deal got me extras at dealer cost. Leather was added. This made it much easier to find a car. Good luck finding something. Open options are a good thing.
  • mauislickmauislick Posts: 107
    well I have been waiting for a total of 12 months for a gls/1.8t/tip/candy whit/grey leather/monsoon passat station wagon,
    I tried to buy a 2000 in april of last year, none available, told to wait for the 2001's July, waited none available, regional rep said why don't you wait for the 2001.5's we will build one!
    waited unitl Jan 2001 they said "will build in weeks 12 to 14" NOTHING, rep came up with an order # WRONG CAR! Last WAS car is being built in week 18 and it will be a 2002. THAT week ended Yesterday! NOTHING SHOWS UP ON THE COMPUTER!
    I think the higher powers that be say "DON'T BUY A VW" at least oneI WANT.
    GOOD LUCK people, it been a really frustrating, mis informed ride,
    I hope NONe of you NEED A CAR, that is the worst position to by in, I WANT ONE BUT DON'T NEED ONE>
    here I come BMW< Mb, toyota subaru, anything but VOLKSWAGEN
  • car_seekercar_seeker Posts: 1
    I am thinking of purchasing a 1991 V Passat Wagon. I have never owned an import before...always GM. But I have been looking around the net and have noticed a few good things about Hondas, Mazdas and Volks.
    I am assuming that the Passat Wagon might be a good choice since it seems people want them. But is that only the newer models? What about the '91 ?
    In Canada, this one is $5,500, mint, loaded. Does that seem reasonable?
    thanx
  • rerskrersk Posts: 9
    I started looking for a 5 spd manual, GLX wagon (any color) more than a month ago. My
    local dealer looked for a month and couldn't find any. I left a message on this board (#221)
    and got a reply that I should check with other dealers. Good idea I thought. Called a trusty
    high volume dealer that I know personally in CT who said no problem, there are two available
    at another dealer. Great I said , and gave him a credit card deposit on the spot. A couple of hours later he called back to say sorry they'd already been sold. Haven't heard from him since.
    I guess VW is giving up on manual transmissions. Tried the Tiptronic, it's just another
    slush box. Guess I'll have to pass on VW.
  • vwguildvwguild Posts: 1,620
    It just takes a little extra effort on the part of your Dealer...There is one
    being built this week...Silverstone/Black Leather who do you want it shipped to?
  • mikeg61mikeg61 Posts: 28
    They're Century Breverras with the pain in the [non-permissible content removed] slots to feed the belt through in the back. After I pull the belt out all the way, I have to make sure that all the slack was pulled out of the belt as it goes through the car seat back. I just got rid of an Outback, and it was the same way. Hope this helps.
  • rerskrersk Posts: 9
    Thanks to VWGUILD whose suggestion and encouragement I took to heart, I'm picking up my new silver/black
    leather GLX 5spd stick wagon next week. I found a resourceful dealer and though he's in a neighboring state,
    it'll be worth the trip. Didn't have to pay a premium, actually hit near Edmunds market rate. All the other dealers
    II called said I'd have to wait for the 2002's.
  • texahootexahoo Posts: 6
    After thorough research (and much lurking on this board and on vwvortex), I've definitely decided to get a Passat wagon. But given the limited supply and long wait for 2001.5s, maybe I should just wait for the 2002s since I don't need it immediately. If I wait, it sounds like it will be easier to find what I want (1.8T, 5-speed manual, lux, and leather (grey) in indigo or anthracite), and at least I won't have to add an in-dash CD player after delivery. Does anyone know when the 2002s should begin arriving (I'm in Houston)? Will supply be better than the current trickle of 2001.5s? Can I go ahead and "order" a 2002 now? Has production of the 2001.5 already stopped?

    By the way, I appreciate everyone's contributions here, especially vwguild's. Thanks.
  • vwguildvwguild Posts: 1,620
    Congratulations & Welcome To The Volkswagen Family....Enjoy!!!!
  • texahootexahoo Posts: 6
    After thorough research (and much lurking on this board and on vwvortex), I've definitely decided to get a Passat wagon. But given the limited supply and long wait for 2001.5s, maybe I should just wait for the 2002s since I don't need it immediately. If I wait, it sounds like it will be easier to find what I want (1.8T, 5-speed manual, lux, and leather (grey) in indigo or anthracite), and at least I won't have to add an in-dash CD player after delivery. Does anyone know when the 2002s should begin arriving (I'm in Houston)? Will supply be better than the current trickle of 2001.5s? Can I go ahead and "order" a 2002 now? Has production of the 2001.5 already stopped?

    By the way, I appreciate everyone's contributions here, especially vwguild's. Thanks.
  • sistblsistbl Posts: 6
    LEFT A DEPOSIT FOR 2002.5 PASSAT WAGON SILVER STONE WITH BLACK LEATHER 5 SPEED MANUAL MY DEALER FOUND AT ANOTHER SECOND DEALER. WAS SUPPOSED TO BE WAITING FOR ME WHEN I RETURNED FROM VACATION. WHEN I RETURNED THE CAR WAS "ACCIDENTLY SOLD" BY THE SECOND DEALER. NOW I'M TOLD THIS COMBO IS IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND. ANY OUT THERE IN VW LAND?
  • raybearraybear Posts: 1,776
    I found a GLX yesterday.
  • hzhhzh Posts: 3
    Thanks for your input. We'll look at the car again and try out a couple different seats. Thanks
  • hosemanhoseman Posts: 2
    My new 2001 Passat V6 wagon is displaying the "Emissions Workshop" message whenever I start the car. Before I obediently trek to the dealer to have this diagnosed, I thought I'd ask if anyone has experienced this problem. Is this the start of a service nightmare, or a common bug with a simple fix? Any thoughts would be appreciated.
  • sistblsistbl Posts: 6
    The model was a GLS,1.8l, monsoon, cold weather, and luxury package.
  • cbus_19cbus_19 Posts: 6
    That's incredibly frustrating. "Accidentally" sold means someone walked in willing to pay sticker or more I bet. The configuration you're looking for is very hard to find right now. I asked about the same configuration with gray cloth months ago. My dealer showed me how he searches for cars and every one even close to what I wanted in the Midwest region was presold or special ordered. Very few manual wagons. We ended up getting one with Tip because we couldn't wait for the 2002s. At the time he did find one Mojave Beige/black cloth GLS 5speed lux/monsoon/cw but that was it. Don't know if leather will improve your chances of finding a car but I doubt it. If you can wait I'd put in an order.
  • rerskrersk Posts: 9
    I have a '99 Eurovan with a VR6 engine. My check engine light went on, and when I called my
    dealer service dept., they told me to make sure the gas cap was on tight. I took the cap off and
    put it back on, being careful to fully tighten it. After a few starts the check engine light went
    off and hasn't gone on again. Don't know if this will help, but it's an example of how sensitive
    (and misleading) engine warning sensors can be.
  • sczechsczech Posts: 2
    A few weeks ago I reported on this board that I have been waiting for delivery of my Passat GLS wagon (1.8T manual transmission) since October 10th of last year. Thanks to VWguild for encouraging me to be patient and to keep waiting. Well, this morning my dealer called with the good news that the car finally did arrive - I will pick it up this Saturday. The Passat wagon in its basic version is one of the best deals around - I saw it for the first time in 1999 while vacationing in Great Britain. Indeed this car is very popular in Europe and perhaps this might explain why there are so few of them shipped to the US. Since I basically do not need this car, I could afford to wait that long. Still, 7 months is an awfully long time. What I still find puzzling is the fact that more than one month passed between arrival of the car in the port (Delaware) and actual delivery on the dealer's lot (NYC). It takes less than one week to make the car, and it takes three weeks to ship it accross the Atlantic, but the last few miles seem to be the most time consuming. I was told that the 4 weeks in the port were spent on testing various components of the car (emissions, transmission etc.). Could that be an indication of the poor production quality of these cars in Germany? I guess they spent the 4 weeks in the port fixing all the quality control problems they have at VW in Germany. What else could they possibly have done during those 4 weeks in the port? I am still puzzled - 4 weeks is an awfully long time to test a car.

    I apologize for the long posting. Robert
  • mauislickmauislick Posts: 107
    I've been waiting close to a year (over a year If you count the first two attempts to buy a car)
    for a gls wagon with leather and no LUX pack
    So 7 months is a dream!!!

    I don't think it's takes that long just for testing, there is probably a week or two of figuring out what car goes where, and the a couple of days of just goofing around.......
  • vwguildvwguild Posts: 1,620
    Well...Congratulations!!!! Go Rutgers!!!!

    Actually, the trip across the pond takes about a week...the Port Prep Process
    typically takes about 11-12 days...now, that is what I am familiar with, based
    on how things work at the Port of San Diego. I have never visited our Boston
    facility or Delaware, but I would suspect that the additional time might just be a
    part the normal Tri-State area bottleneck...from off-loading thru the PPC and even
    in-transit to Dealers.

    Another component could be a *Parts Hold*...The Port process is indeed rigorous
    and thorough and 95% move through the system in the time frame previously mentioned,
    but occasionally a part needs to be replaced and sometimes that part has to be
    shipped from Germany. I had this occur just last month with a EuroVan Weekender
    that needed a new Steering wheel...a rare part failure that has taken this unit down
    for a month...

    But fear not...you'll be cruising the ole NJ Turnpike in no time...now, that is somethig to
    look forward to...
  • kelfkelf Posts: 83
    We would like to buy a nice station wagon, with one criteria being that it would be a reasonable size for a 70 lbs Lab in the rear behind the rear seats. it seemed that the passat had the rear floor lower, plus the very back window more strait up ( vs the new 2002 MB C which is very sloppy) and thus have more ample space. Please share your experiences and ranking the top 3 choices.
  • sniper5sniper5 Posts: 9
    Looking very hard at a GLX wagon. However, everyone says they are hard to find. Two things trouble me. THe need for premium fuel and no factory cd player. can one burn midgrade gas or even regular 87 octane without any problems. Our local dealor does not have any info on the 2002. Does anyone know when they are due and any changes other that the type on the title?
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