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Volkswagen Passat B6 (2005–2011)

Last updated 5 April 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 5 April 2018

No official word from VAG, but ECU testing believes that the DQ200 7-speed dry cutch Mechatronics control box was finally re-engineered in 2016. This DSG 7 control unit is a common failure with engines...

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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

4
Reliable, comfortable and versatile
4
Very good
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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