Volkswagen Passat (2005 - 2011)
Last updated 3 December 2013
Repeated failure of a/c compressor (three times) in 2008/58 Passat TDI 140, now at 50k miles.
Volkswagen engineers can't make up their minds what to do with the engine of the Passat. At first it was longitudinal, slung ahead of the front wheels like an Audi's.
Then, in 1988, they laid it horizontal across the car, like the Golf's. Then, in 1996, they went back to Audi-style longitudinal. Now we have a new Passat, once again with a transverse engine.