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1988 VW Passat B3

Who says that major car companies not break new ground sometimes even without a direct economic coercion. With the Passat from 1990 VW has done it. The drive is changed from longitudinal to transverse engine and therefore more adapted to the Golf. This is possible because one now has constructed a completely new, space-saving six-cylinder VR engine, the fits transversely into the Passat. Also for the four-wheel drive, there is an alternative since 1991.

In the summer of 1990, the five millionth Passat rolled off the assembly line in Emden.

The benefits of this change are unmistakable. There are no competitors in the same car class with such a favorable ratio between the inner and outer dimensions.

This car still will be have for long time the largest interior, compared even with his successors. And immediately another small revolution: the radiator grille is missing, even though the engine is front mounted. It receives all the necessary air from the area below the bumper and through its VW emblem (intake air). Advantage is a very low flow through the front of the car and thus a lower air resistance. It is faster with 100 kW more than 5 km/h. But most car buyers can not get used to a car without air intake between the headlights. With the next revision 1993 VW is forced to introduce the radiator grille again.

In the course of model development engines be installed up to 136 kW (184 hp). So that the car reaches approx. 225 km/h. For the diesel engines will change shortly before the replacement still the basic principle. They will change over to direct injection. End 1993 there is the first TDI with 66 kW (90 hp). In the security area there are new standards with airbag and belt tensioner.

In the Netherlands, even mid-range cars are much more expensive than in Germany due to the tax burden at the time of purchase. That is why cars are driven longer there. In 2004, AutoWeek reported on a rather rare Passat Variant, G60 supercharger and Synchro drive with over 280,000 km on the clock. Exciting question, how especially the G-Charger, which is discredited as not very durable, has proven itself.

To answer it directly, it is still the first. The owner follows special intervals, e.g. he changes the sealing rings every 70,000 km and looks after the circlips on the axles. He changes the drive belt every 20,000 km. The only noticeable repair on the whole car is the new clutch at 110,000 km, presumably because the vehicle had been leased until then.

No, the owner is satisfied, especially with the still good driving performance of the car, but has a bit of a gripe with the Synchro drive, which is now starting to show age-related complaints. Even that will be fixable, because there are countries where this Passat variant is particularly popular, e.g. Canada. There, tips and parts are available.

Not very much rust . . .

The parts market in Germany is also said to be favorable from the Netherlands. The car is not abandoned for a long time. This is shown by the fact that there the owner has purchased a new interior. Finally, we also learn a second reason for buying this sporty car: typical Netherlands, a 1,500 kg caravan.

At the end of 1992, the six millionth Passat rolled off the assembly line in Emden/Bratislava.

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