So, I have a 98 Passat GLS 1.8. My very first VW, bought close to 5 years ago for 4k with 70k in mileage used and probably abused. Suckered or not, I've fallen in love with this car. I'm sure many of you can relate, there's just something about your VW that you just cant say no to her. It's far from an ideal ride and has a freaking page long list of problems. Call it a $ pit if you want but I'm trying to stay optimistic, so take it easy on me lol. This is a real tough decision on my part to either stick by her side until she craps out, or fix her up little by little. Shall we begin? I'll provide you a detailed list of problems, and you can make your suggestions. Thanks in advance.
1. Mechanical issues seem endless. I have to start the car by applying the brake, turning the key, popping it into reverse and then back into park and she starts like a charm. Can't say that's a standard anti-theft feature. I need a new driver window motor. I believe it's the ball joints that need replaced, but at low speed you can hear a hollow creaking as you go over small "bumps" in the roadway. Driver door key hole is no good, will just rotate as many times as you feel like turning the key lol. Trunk latch doesn't catch or something so the trunk is never secure. Had/having a leaking issue with my sunroof drains. It's smelling musty inside, and even rusted out the sunroof sliding panel which I need to remove and replace as well.
2. Electrical problems out the ass. The alarm goes off every time I enter/exit the car. The sunroof works when it wants even on its own at times. Rear driver turn signal shorts out all the time. Stereo cant go above "half volume" or it goes in and out. A variety of electronic features do not function; cruise control, heated seats, lights (again, works when they want to) I end up exchanging the battery every 6 months because something is slowly draining it when the car is parked for a few days until it just dies. Check Engine light seems to think we're at a rave with how often it comes and goes.
The car runs. She's a beast. Just over 100k in mileage now. Still dependable, but for how much longer is the question. I am saving to have her looked at completely hoping a VW shop can diagnose her every issue and to get a list of needed repairs. I've read on things like the sunroof drainage problems. I've unclogged the front driver/passenger tubes and altered them so that the flap doesn't stick. I still need to locate and fix the rear though. I know I can get a few things much cheaper used at junk yards like the window motor and sunroof panel. I refuse to pay dealer prices on fixes I can manage with the help of the friendlies on this site. Such as being quoted close to $200 to clean out the sunroof drains. Eff that mess. I did the front two in under 30 minutes yesterday just from reading other posts on here. I'd love to keep her. She's a fighter and has been great for me. I'd feel as if I'm giving up on her if I just let her die out.
Any and all help or ideas is greatly appreciated, just take it easy on me