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Volkswagen Passat and Santana (1980 - 1987)

Last updated 29 April 2015


Buying Guide


  • Roomy
  • No frills transport
  • Gaining some classic kudos


  • No power steering on 1.6, 1.8 and diesels and steering is very heavy indeed.
  • All engines overhang the front wheels and the 2.0 5-cylinder is a severe plough-on understeerer.


  • Resist rust well.
  • Seats seem to wear out long before the running gear.
  • Listen for clicking driveshafts because just one replacement will cost you more than the car is worth.
  • Lots of these cars saw out their days as 'work cars' full of plumbers or builders kit and often overloaded.
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