(Closed) Pick a car for me please!!

posted 5 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
5400 posts
Bee Keeper

Based solely on the car, I would get the passat. I have a Jetta and couldn’t be happier. Before that I had an older Jetta. My dad has an old Jetta (97) with over 350k miles on it (gave it to my brother, but it still runs fine). We are huge VW people. 

However, if the PT Cruiser makes more sense financially, it’s probably not a bad option either. Can you keep looking and find more options so there’s something for you to build credit with? Maybe something else that’s Japanese or German (my personal car preferences)?

Edit: also with your mom’s car, her manufacturer’s warranty is up so I’m not sure what you mean there. 

Post # 4
2178 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I’d go with the Passat, if for the warranty alone.  I also have a strong dislike for PT Cruisers, so I might be extremely biased.

Post # 5
4415 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Well, the other thing to consider is maintenance costs — my dad used to drive VWs and he basically made me swear not to get one because maintenance is EXPENSIVE (since it’s an import and harder/pricier to get parts). I don’t know if that’s still the case, though — maybe @BlondeMissMolly:  can weigh in? With that kind of mileage on it, maintenance costs are definitely something to take into consideration!

Post # 6
2216 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

If it were me, I would want to build my credit, so I would pick the PT Cruiser.  It also has less miles on it.

Post # 7
11233 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

How are you getting a 3-year warranty on a 2006 vehicle that you’re buying off of your parents?

Post # 9
2685 posts
Sugar bee

@iarebridezilla:  Totally agree – maintenance is way more expensive on European imports.  I used to drive a mid-90’s BMW and I called it the BMW tax every time I went to the mechanic.  

If the Passat is one-owner and OP knows it’s been maintained, that would be helpful.  On the other hand, even though the PT Cruiser would cost less to repair, Chrysler models aren’t exactly known for reliability and it may need more frequent repairs than the Passat.

Post # 10
1262 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Anything but a PT Cruiser. 

Post # 11
13096 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I vote the Passat but I’m a big fan of VWs.  DH and I have a 2003 Jetta and a 2010 Passat and love them.  And we’ve had almost no maintenance issues with either.

ETA: I’ve owned both since they were brand new so I know they were taken care of properly.


Post # 12
11233 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@figgnewton:  Gotcha!

@bleusteel:  I’m with you on this one. It’s a tough call, as there are pros and cons to both. We had a Passat and I hated it, and I had a Chrysler and I hated it. Subaru all the way! lol

Post # 13
2440 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

My husband has  PT cruiser and loves it. I hate it but I’m not a fan of small cars.  It has plenty of space inside which is nice and is pretty good on gas.  His is a 2008 with about 70,000 miles and he hasn’t had a problem with it yet.

Post # 14
105 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Passat for sure.  I would caution against an older non-German built Volkswagen but I am fairly certain that a 2006 Passat was built in either Mosel or Emden. 

Check out this link and compare with the VIN (digit 11 indicates the build location) to see for yourself:


German built are of a much higher quality and that’s why I chose the car that I have, a 2008 Rabbit.  I bought my car new, it has 115,000kms on it and I’ve had to change my headlights and do regular maintenance – that’s it.

Post # 15
11166 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@iarebridezilla:  Agreed. I have several friends that own VW vehicles and they are always telling me how expensive they are to maintain. They tend to have a more than average amounts of electrical problems as well.

On the other hand those that I know that drive PT Cruisers absolutely love them!

Here is a helpful website comparison:

PT Cruiser – moderate issues

Passat -Significant, expensive issues

Post # 16
7311 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

Mr. LK inhereted a PT Cruiser. It was the biggest piece of crap ever. It was in the shop every other month for something. In the first year of owning it he spent $5000 on repairs. When it got above 80 degrees, the car refused to start. The power windows were broken. It ate through tires at an obscene rate. Seriously, ANYTHING is better than a PT Cruiser.


I, on the other hand, had a Passat Wagon, drove it for 8 years, and loved it. It did have a penchant for going through heating cores, which was an expensive repair. But otherwise basic maintenance was all it ever needed. I agree with the recommendation to make sure the VW was built in Germany. The VWs built in mexico are just not as high in quality as those build in Germany.


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