The 4th generation of the Passat has a cumulative PainRank™ of 18.97. That can be compared against other Volkswagen generations. Shopping for a Volkswagen? You should avoid this generation like the plague that it is.
Owners of the 1998–2005 Passat model years have sent in 482 complaints on CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most common below. Most are about the engine (61%) followed by the interior (4%) and the cooling system (4%).