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Volkswagen Passat (2005 - 2011)

Last updated 28 November 2015

Spacious and comfortable. Wide range of engines. Big, boot with lockable seatbacks. Generally better from May 2008 onwards.
Marred by too many problems for a car people assume will be high quality. 2005-2007 Passat 2.0 TDI best avoided due to oil pump drive failures. Failed electric parking brakes almost inevitable.
Updated 26 November 2015

Volkswagen announced fix for EA189 1.6TDI and 2.0TDI engines. A “flow transformer” will be fitted directly in front of the air mass sensor on the EA189 1.6TDI engine. This is a mesh that calms the swirled...

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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.

Volkswagen Passat 2005 Road Test

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Owners' Reviews


Brilliant; after 7 years and ~80000 miles it still drives like a sports car and has never had any reliability issues.

On 30 September 2015
2.0 sel tdi estate
By RebeccaDean

Not fit for purpose

On 20 March 2015

LOve the ride. Reliability and cost toally abysmal.

On 14 June 2014

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