In Reply to: Pondering E34 purchase vs. Passat. Help with ???s posted by skya on September 24, 2001 at 11:26:16:
Our Passat's turbo also went at 30k I think, but the dealer paid for everything. Obviously this won't be an issue if you get the V6. It's had the usual German electrical quirks but over all it's been a fantastic car. Very comparable with Audi's that cost 10k more.
The 540 is an incredible machine that takes and incredible amount of work and money to keep in perfect shape. I spend about $3000 a year. This Wedenesday it goes in to have the front suspension re-built. I'm doing it now because it's been 6 months since the last catastrophic failure. I figure I'd better get the suspension fixed before something else starts leaking, grinding, smoking, or shorting. If I didn't really love the thing, I'd really hate it.