Volkswagen Passat (2005 - 2011)
Last updated 9 April 2014
2007/57 Passat showing lumps and excessive wear on inside tread of rear tyres. Two ex-VAG mechanics diagnosed faulty rear wishbone design and poor top bracket on dampers.
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.