Volkswagen Passat (2005 - 2011)

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reviewed by melvyn carter on 13 April 2019
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reviewed by Anonymous on 12 October 2018
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reviewed by PeterPan55 on 31 March 2018
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reviewed by Anonymous on 3 February 2018
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reviewed by Paul Corder on 15 November 2017
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reviewed by Ray Brown on 15 July 2017
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reviewed by Fintyflanagan on 20 August 2016
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reviewed by Ace16 on 30 September 2015
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reviewed by RebeccaDean on 20 March 2015
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reviewed by max_gain on 14 June 2014
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reviewed by sleepydoc on 1 May 2014
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reviewed by Capt. Pugwash on 1 May 2014
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reviewed by Capt. Pugwash on 1 May 2014
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reviewed by andycloquet on 9 April 2014
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reviewed by davidt67 on 23 January 2014
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reviewed by Anonymous on 23 January 2014
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2.0 TDi SE 140

reviewed by AL1974 on 17 November 2013
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Overall rating
5
How it drives
5
Fuel economy
4
Tax/Insurance/Warranty costs
1
Cost of maintenance and repairs
1
Experience at the dealership
5
How practical it is
1
How you rate the manufacturer
1
Overall reliability

A great car let down by shoddy quality

Where do I start with the Passat. I've just sold it after nearly 4 years and 60,000 miles. I bought from a main dealer and paid more than I ever would normally for a car in the hope I was buying myself a trouble free car from a trusted manufacturer. Wrong! BUT the Passat is NOT all bad. Lets give it some bullet points:

GOOD BITS:

Superb MPG (55 average, best ever 71)
Great to drive
Massive inside and boot
Great radio and interior design
Long service intervals
Very powerful and surefooted especially in the snow

BAD BITS:

Electric Handbrake Reliability (each side costs at LEAST £500 to repair and that's NON VW)
Dashboard lower plastics are awful and rattle
Suspension Creaks constantly
Battery drained whilst I was sat at work several times
Alloy wheels corrode very quickly (the SE ones seem worst for this)
Sometimes the car just wouldn't let me in! I had to use the emergency key and set the alarm off
Tyres very big and expensive (maybe just me but I thought excessive)
Cambelt... why do cars like this have a cambelt?? 500 quid every 4 years or 80K
AirCon very weak
Plastic bits come off the underneath a lot when you drive through puddles
Very annoying constant buzz from rear view mirror
All injectors replaced under warranty (luckily)
Very smoky always (quite embarrassing)

All in all a disappointment. I wanted to love the Passat. I sold it recently after the right side of the handbrake started sticking and giving warning messages (already changed the left side) and after reading about the oil pump horror stories on BKP engines (of which mine was one). What a shame. Made worse by VW who have a habit of politely looking at you like an idiot when you report something that is all over the internet... "injector problems sir? No we've never heard about that" Moral of my story is read the reviews first. I KNOW all cars have some bad reviews but the Passat has a lot, even considering the amount sold. Come on VW give your customers some credit. Well, the ones you still have left (I won't be one again sad to say)

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reviewed by BigIan888 on 2 May 2012
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reviewed by VinceK on 9 August 2011
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reviewed by jonlivesey on 26 June 2011
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reviewed by stlee on 20 June 2011
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reviewed by p3t3rg on 3 August 2010
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reviewed by pudge on 8 May 2010

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About this car

Price£15,522–£35,620
Road TaxC–L
MPG28.1–64.2 mpg
Real MPG94.7%

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