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What To Look Out For In A 2006 Nigerian Used VW Passat by airsaylongcon: 8:39pm On May 22, 2016
I've been evaluating a 2006 Nigerian used passat. First things I noticed were that when I make a full 90° turn left or right there's a clicking sound suggesting that the CV joints are gone. Also there's a sound from the passenger side front wheel which the owner attributes to a faulty stabiliser. He had a replacement stabiliser in the glove compartment but said the hex in the insitu stabiliser had worn out making its removal difficult. Also the electronic handbrake seems gone as the red exclamation symbol comes on. He said I need to replace the leather (whatever that is) although think it's the cable that is gone. The dashboard lights up with EPC, Airbag, Power steering. The steering was very stiff when I initially test drove it although it was way better today. The power windows work only from the driver's controls and not the local controls (which I found strange as the driver's controls have to go through the CAN-BUS). He said it might be due to a blown fuse which is outright rubbish talk. The sound system doesn't display though it works. And importantly the climate control stuff are all dead. Only the fan works. He said the AC has got a problem with the compressor. Also I noticed in the booth a replaced accelerator pedal as well as a replaced fuel pump (replaced with a Range rover fuel pump which he said was the same as a Veedobs). The engine and transmission checked out OK. The speedometer and the trip counter were dysfunctional.

He's asking for ₦450k which is fine as i budget an extra 200k for fixes. My question is at 450k, I'm a bit worried that there's something I should be looking out for considering that it's a 10year old car. Mileage reads 105k but should be around 156k from background checks. What else should I be wary of? I intend to change the shocks and tires as well as replace the stabilisers and CV.

CC Siena Gazzuzz and other big dawgs here. If I no mention your name na because I no fit spell am
Re: What To Look Out For In A 2006 Nigerian Used VW Passat by ataspray(m): 1:27am On May 23, 2016
if its auto tranny, then its a fair deal, but try and bargain cheaper. also try and find out cost of some of the major parts you have to fix/replace, so you dont overshoot your budget, theres quite a lot of fixes you have mentioned (barring any ones that may still come up)
Re: What To Look Out For In A 2006 Nigerian Used VW Passat by airsaylongcon: 6:50am On May 23, 2016
ataspray:
if its auto tranny, then its a fair deal, but try and bargain cheaper. also try and find out cost of some of the major parts you have to fix/replace, so you dont overshoot your budget, theres quite a lot of fixes you have mentioned (barring any ones that may still come up)

Thank you for the reply. It's an auto tyranny although I would have preferred a manual one. The gears shifted OK around about 2k5 to 3k rev. I'm just a bit worried that the electrical might have more issues than meets the eyes
Re: What To Look Out For In A 2006 Nigerian Used VW Passat by Readonee35L(m): 7:07am On May 23, 2016
Hmmmmm.oga leave that motor . keep your money in the bank And sleep well.

If that Nigerian Rewired Passat is through with you.
You'd regret ever making such decision.

It's obvious the cars system has been modified , and I'll tell you that there's more to repair , the more you fix the more issues you discover.
The Passat is a nice car , but don't go ahead and buy an abused one.
Like you said you'll be spending over 700k including repairs .
Why not use the whole cash to buy a better car.
There are better passats between that budget
MAKE A WISE DECISION

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Re: What To Look Out For In A 2006 Nigerian Used VW Passat by airsaylongcon: 7:16am On May 23, 2016
Readonee35L:
Hmmmmm.oga leave that motor . keep your money in the bank And sleep well.

If that Nigerian Rewired Passat is through with you.
You'd regret ever making such decision.

It's obvious the cars system has been modified , and I'll tell you that there's more to repair , the more you fix the more issues you discover.
The Passat is a nice car , but don't go ahead and buy an abused one.
Like you said you'll be spending over 700k including repairs .
Why not use the whole cash to buy a better car.
There are better passats between that budget
MAKE A WISE DECISION

I'd be interested in better alternatives. Been on carmudi, OLX jiji et al and I can't even get very good visibility. I actually would prefer an Audi A4 B5 or B6
Re: What To Look Out For In A 2006 Nigerian Used VW Passat by Readonee35L(m): 2:39pm On May 23, 2016
airsaylongcon:


I'd be interested in better alternatives. Been on carmudi, OLX jiji et al and I can't even get very good visibility. I actually would prefer an Audi A4 B5 or B6
You've to be very patient in searching.
What's your total budget ?
Re: What To Look Out For In A 2006 Nigerian Used VW Passat by Nobody: 4:52pm On May 23, 2016
Readonee35L:
Hmmmmm.oga leave that motor . keep your money in the bank And sleep well.

If that Nigerian Rewired Passat is through with you.
You'd regret ever making such decision.

It's obvious the cars system has been modified , and I'll tell you that there's more to repair , the more you fix the more issues you discover.
The Passat is a nice car , but don't go ahead and buy an abused one.
Like you said you'll be spending over 700k including repairs .
Why not use the whole cash to buy a better car.
There are better passats between that budget
MAKE A WISE DECISION
Oga well said. May your days be very long wise one.
Pls manage this gift from me.

Re: What To Look Out For In A 2006 Nigerian Used VW Passat by Readonee35L(m): 5:02pm On May 23, 2016
dumo1:

Oga well said. May your days be very long wise one.
Pls manage this gift from me.
Amen Bro.
May Your days also be Long My brother.
Hope you're having a Nice day.
You self take this one.

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Re: What To Look Out For In A 2006 Nigerian Used VW Passat by Nobody: 5:20pm On May 23, 2016
Readonee35L:
Amen Bro. May Your days also be Long My brother. Hope you're having a Nice day. You self take this one.
Thank you very much sir. Much appreciated.
Re: What To Look Out For In A 2006 Nigerian Used VW Passat by ataspray(m): 7:35pm On May 23, 2016
Readonee35L:

You've to be very patient in searching.
What's your total budget ?
spot on. Very very patient.
Re: What To Look Out For In A 2006 Nigerian Used VW Passat by king406(m): 8:25pm On May 23, 2016
Better run from that motor o. For some reason that 2006 passat is very problematic in Nigeria. Two people I know that owned it lost the car to mechanics.
Re: What To Look Out For In A 2006 Nigerian Used VW Passat by 9icetoo(m): 9:31pm On May 23, 2016
vw products require a dedicated scanning machine (the name eludes me now) to help troubleshoot and fix them. any other thing will be asking for trouble. that's the sole reason why roadside rewires are a death sentence for that car. almost every wire goes to the brain box. you can run a diagnostic on every damn thing in that car with a vagcom ( aha my brain has finally booted).
if you can get a mech that can use the vagcom, you can fix the gremlins in the volks and enjoy the car. the mileage is still very low so its still okay.
ask around in Lagos, someone or a reputable workshop should have it and use it to diagnose the issues and fix them.
anything other than this and the car becomes a money pit that will give you nightmares.
Re: What To Look Out For In A 2006 Nigerian Used VW Passat by ataspray(m): 10:18pm On May 23, 2016
9icetoo:
vw products require a dedicated scanning machine (the name eludes me now) to help troubleshoot and fix them. any other thing will be asking for trouble. that's the sole reason why roadside rewires are a death sentence for that car. almost every wire goes to the brain box. you can run a diagnostic on every damn thing in that car with a vagcom ( aha my brain has finally booted).
if you can get a mech that can use the vagcom, you can fix the gremlins in the volks and enjoy the car. the mileage is still very low so its still okay.
ask around in Lagos, someone or a reputable workshop should have it and use it to diagnose the issues and fix them.
anything other than this and the car becomes a money pit that will give you nightmares.
VCDS

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