Volkswagen Passat B6 (2005–2011)

Last updated 2 July 2018

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 1 July 2018

Report of "quite extreme juddering at tick over" of Passat. Owner had it serviced at a cost of £600 and mentioned the juddering, but VW dealer failed to find the cause and wrote on the service report...

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Introduction

Passat B6 2005-2011.

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.

Volkswagen Passat 2005 Road Test

Owners' reviews

1
Very poor car
4
Reliable, comfortable and versatile
1
Car wrecked by VW's software fix
5
Brilliant,comfortable and reliable
2
Will never buy a VW again
5
Brilliant; after 7 years and ~80000 miles it still drives like a sports car and has never had any reliability issues.
 

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