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Volkswagen Passat (2005 - 2011)

Last updated 9 April 2014

 
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Spacious and comfortable. Wide range of engines. Big, boot with lockable seatbacks. Generally better from May 2008 onwards.
Marred by too many quality 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 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.

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Introduction

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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