The 3rd generation of the Passat has a cumulative PainRank™ of 0.3. That can be compared against other Volkswagen generations. Shopping for a Volkswagen? This generation is generally a good bet.
Owners of the 1990–1997 Passat model years have sent in 11 complaints on CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most common below. Most are about the engine (54%) followed by the electrical (18%) and the hvac (9%).