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Tips from an experience Passat rehab'r:
Hopefully your mechanic knows these (German) cars. The 100k mile mark often means the start of some heavy maintenance items (brakes, shocks, axles, ABS module, control arms, coolant leaks) and the pcv system was mentioned. Does the heater work well? Clogged cores are common.

Make sure the mechanic reports on all those items, plus the exhaust flex pipe, crankcase breather elbow, and look for oil in the spark plug wells.

Regarding the timing belt, an experienced mechanic may be able to see signs that "someone has been in here recently" vs "this has never bèen touched" in the area of the belt. A peek at the belt might reveal micro-cracking from age, if it is original. If nothing is clear-cut, your best bet will be to plan on changing the belt, tensioners and water pump soon. If you gamble and fail, you could be looking at a $4,000 repair bill.

If things check out and the price allows you to comfortably cover $3k -$5k of maintenance/repair costs over the next 30k miles, you'll probably be good for 60k miles.
 

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Hands-on familiarity is always helpful. Every brand has idiosyncracies and those get specific to different platforms, engines and drivetrain configurations as well.

Same goes for mechanics. They all think very highly of themselves but to quote Dirty Harry, "a man's got to know his limitations", or in this case, a man's got to anticipate another man's limitations. Best mechanic for this situation is from a reputable indie shop, that still works on this era of german cars. He or she will have seen it all. Next best is an indie shop that works on foreign cars. Next is a VW or Audi dealership tech. The least-best would be someone who only works on late-model Asian or American cars.

I'm not a pro myself, just someone who concentrates on the mechanical side of the VW B5.5 platform, more specifically, the 1.8T engine with manual transmission. I know my limitations very well and struggle with any electrical issues and American cars.
Good luck :)
 
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