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Volkswagen Passat (2005–2011)

Last updated 3 June 2019

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 22 February 2019

Report of 2005/55 VW Passat 2.0TDI finally biting the dust at 177k miles. Owner for 30 months. At the end of December 2018, ownerhad the DMF replaced which, with a service, cost almost £1400. We...

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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

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