VW Passat. An affordable classic

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A VW Passat 2B (1980-1988). A car of which an enormous amount has been sold. The lease car for (senior) middle management from the early eighties. Those cars ran on diesel or LPG. A car where you now rarely or never see one of them again.

The VW Passat was available with a 1,6 liter block and with a 1,8 liter engine with hydraulic valve lifters plus the small 'AUDI' five-cylinder with a displacement of 1921 or 1994 cc. There were of course also diesel versions of the VW Passat. Our model has a 1,8 liter block that runs on petrol and gas. And because of that LPG, the car has slept since the exemption plans change. It was bought by a passionate garage owner who has provided it with a fresh MOT. Because it was a shame to let him stand.

An honest classic

Under the hood, this 1983 VW Passat looks endearing and endearing with its no-nonsense technology and its honest patina. But the engine compartment does contrast with the otherwise surprisingly neat appearance of the Passat that is around it. There is a mist of flash rust on untreated (and parts painted too thinly on the factory) plate. It all looks a bit dusty. Dusty, but 100% fair. Including the wiring for the gas installation. Everything is automotive engineering as intended for cars built for a long and serious life.
When looking at the engine of a Maserati 350 GT, your heart rate and blood pressure rise. Even if you see a garage bill for that, by the way. A calm look under the hood of this Volkswagen leads to a calm smile plus the comment: “Just throw the things in. We are doing a weekend in Luxembourg. ”

The steel strip on which the horn hangs is one for eternity

The LPG (G2) system evaporator looks like it was born under the hood. The entire engine compartment shows that the Passat estate that surrounds it is already quite old, but also that it has always been well treated during its life. The somewhat spotty oxidation on the alloy parts? Well, after a visit to your local 'engine bay detailer' it looks like ZGAN again under the hood.
But whether that is necessary? Personally, we would invest in a bottle of Dasty from the Wibra (just over 2 euros) and two spray cans of rust converter / primer and a spray can of WD40 from the Action. Then you will lose just under 6 euros. We know from experience that an engine compartment looks very neat afterwards. What sad 'ZGAN'er can look like nowadays, we saw under the hood of a recent FIAT that stood next to the Passat: A huge plastic pancake, some different lids and a shyly hiding wiring loom and the big plug of the diagnosis plug ...

Many of these types of Passats are no longer in the Netherlands

Many VW Passats of the type 2B disappeared to Poland in the XNUMXs. There is also a very large VW Passat club. The frugal Dutchman wanted a second-hand Golf or Polo, but not a used, larger and more comfortable driving Passat. Now, in terms of price, these classics have fallen so badly that purchasing them is actually quite responsible. And a veteran like this Passat can then give many years of driving pleasure.

Never lonely again

Driving pleasure. Plus a lot of friendly response while shopping or refueling. “Gosh! What a beautiful Passat. I / my father / uncle / neighbor / boss had one of those too… ”

Classic driving is not only fun, it also works wonders for your social life.

Also read:
- VW Passat. Memories of a stronghold
- VW Jetta. More than a custom Golf
- Volkswagen Golf. The history of the first generation
- Das war einmal: German Cars
- The NSU that became Volkswagen: the VW K70


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  1. Sure, a classic is good for your social life. But can also cost something.
    Driven a Jaguar XJ for a while, a very nice one, but the maintenance (if you don't want it to become a negative money box) just costs a lot.
    If you can't afford a new one, you can't maintain an old one, but it's great for a chat.

  2. The engine and what's around it of my 80 Audi 4 B1994 look mostly the same. Apparently the great progress in the motor field did not come until the second half of the nineties.

  3. First of all, I wish everyone their passion. I also have cars that not everyone immediately recognizes as 'classic or worth cherishing'. Sometimes cars have to mature, grow in the environment, in desirability, in a smile. Sorry hobby mates, I don't see this happening at any level with a Passat.

    • I think it was 00-an-13. A fluorescent poison green 3-door with round headlights. Purchased new by my dad. There were 4 of them in NL. No idea why he disappeared after about two years. And followed by, I thought, a blue Princess 1800. Could have been the color of course.
      In the present tense everything has to be green, but you don't see a green Passat. 🤢 Green is good toooooch ?? Maybe we'll see him again with a battery pack🐸

  4. I myself have a 1.8 Santana 1983 LX, I got it from Belgium and next Monday it will finally go to the RDW to be imported (finally due to lack of time).
    I bought this car because my first car was a 3-door Passat CL 1.6 from 1981 also a B2 and a rare 3-door version, after all most were 5-door and Variant models I really did the best mileage with this car until a A collision was fatal. Then a B1 from 1979 was a nice car but compared to the B2 quite susceptible to rust, and now the Santana.

  5. Great car
    Have had the model for this
    A coupe with the 1600 LPG engine
    From dokkum to Heerlen, where my girl was studying at the time, it cost 60 liters of gas, but I also drove on the temperature meter
    When he got warm I had to go down to 140 km / h
    The disadvantage was that you then had to adjust the valves with plates that you of course did not have and those valve stem rubbers that were rock hard after a while and then the torretje started to drink quite a bit of oil.
    Had an Audi 80 LS with just such a beetle
    Just before his death, he took 6 liters of oil per 100 km
    Fortunately, as a mechanic I could get enough used oil and it didn't matter to that engine what he got, he liked everything
    At the pump it was really a matter of checking gasoline and topping up with oil😂
    But had a lot of fun with both cars

  6. My brother had an entry-level model with 1600 engine also a baking overhaul with not even that many km's and a quiet driver so yes…. Mr Lopez?

    • Lopez only went from GM to VW in 1993, so he couldn't mess up the VW Passat B2.
      But just about that man; after some wanderings with Ladas and a fiesta, my father bought his first new Golf 3, proud as a peacock, but on that car the cigarette lighter was the most luxurious option. He sold that car after 3 years after all the misery. So much broke and that was written on the account of Mr. Lopez at the time.

      Perhaps interesting for the editors to devote an article to Lopez sometime.

  7. I have also had the 2B indeed, with the 19 ** cc 5 pitter.
    Machine behind it, world car, on gas.
    What was a bit of a shame was that they had once swapped the engine for a 2200 cc 5 pitter from an Audi 100
    I never knew, but after two gearbox revisions of the machine I found out that there is a difference between the 19 ** and the 2200 gearbox, exactly 1 clutch plate per set.
    Because the 19 ** engine had less power and could therefore do less with a picture.
    That was clearly not going to work with the stronger 2200 in front.

    Car then disposed of for less than change.
    I was tired of deflating on baking revisions ...

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