Volkswagen Passat (2005 – 2011) Review

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Volkswagen Passat (2005 – 2011) At A Glance

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.

Insurance Groups are between 15–36
On average it achieves 95% of the official MPG figure

Volkswagen engineers could not 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. Then in 1995 we got a new Passat, once again with a transverse engine.

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Real MPG average for a Volkswagen Passat (2005 – 2011)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

95%

Real MPG

20–63 mpg

MPGs submitted

603

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ASK HJ

Why does the passenger side footwell of my car keep getting damp?
I have damp on the floor of the passenger side of my ten year old Volkwagen Passat. Where is this likely to be coming from?
Probably a blocked drainage vent well in the bulkhead. The owner's manual should instruct you how to clear this. The vehicle's pollen filter will also probably need changing.
Answered by Dan Powell
Where do I locate glow plug relay on my Volkswagen Passat 2.0 TDI?
Where do I locate glow plug relay on my Volkswagen Passat B6 2.0 TDI?
It is under the e-box, under the bonnet. The black box with relays and fuses in. It slides out to the side from underneath.
Answered by Alan Ross
Should I scrap my 2005 diesel Volkswagen Passat for a deal on a new car?
Ford has just announced a scrappage deal and other manufacturers offer them too. I'm thinking of scrapping my 2005 Volkswagen Passat diesel. What are the best deals currently available and do any include hybrid vehicles?
Manufacturer 'scrappage deals' are actually nothing more than standard discounts and you can probably get a better discount anyway by buying via a good broker such as http://www.drivethedeal.com/ The only way a scrappage deal offers a genuine benefit over and above a discount is if it is supported with funding from the government. In other words, if the governemt gives you some of your taxes back if you scrap your old car and buy a new one.
Answered by Honest John
If I don't have the emissions fix done will my car fail the MoT emissions test?
Should have the emissions fix done on my 2010 Volkswagen Passat? It has 120,000 miles on the clock. If I don't have it done will it affect the MoT emissions test?
On an engine that has done 120,000 miles the EGR, the injectors and probably the DPF as well are unlikely to be able to cope with the extra work they will have to do after the NOx emissions fix. It will only fail the MoT smoke opacity test if it would have failed anyway. However, it was stated on BBC Watchdog on Wednesday night that VAG would carry out all additional work found necessary on cars up to 160,000 miles.
Answered by Honest John

What does a Volkswagen Passat (2005 – 2011) cost?

Buy new from £21,770 (list price from £27,045)
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