Volkswagen Passat (2005 - 2011)

5
reviewed by melvyn carter on 13 April 2019
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reviewed by Anonymous on 12 October 2018
4
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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2.0lt / diesel / 140bhp / estate

reviewed by andycloquet on 9 April 2014
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Overall rating
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How it drives
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Fuel economy
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Tax/Insurance/Warranty costs
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Cost of maintenance and repairs
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Experience at the dealership
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How practical it is
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How you rate the manufacturer
2
Overall reliability

Over-rated, over-priced and extortionately expensive to service.

Really, this Passat is simply a stretched small car. I was warned that I wasn't getting much for my money but I didn't realise just how little. It is so basic in its interior that it is unbelievable. Plenty of available places for 'extras' (6x blanks around gear stick, ready to be removed and have buttons put in to activate accessories which are 'standard' on most other cars of the same price range). Radio / CD is basic, too, with no steering wheel controls (MFD) and no available input for an mp3 player unless you buy these as expensive additional options.
Fuel economy is very poor, handling and ride is dull, parts extremely expensive, interior fabrics absorb ever miniscule particle in the air and stain...and don't clean easily, indicator lights hidden by upper arc of steering wheel AND, most disturbingly, VAG know there is a problem with the rear suspension / tracking yet won't help customers solve inherent wear & distortion to the inner edge of the rear tyres which plague this model. Replacing wishbone and shockers only temporarily corrects fault and tyres unlikely to last more than 15k.
'A' VAG dealership is reluctant to give any over-the-counter maintenance advice other than to say, 'we'll need to have it into the workshop before we can tell you what the matter is'; after which customers receive a list of so called recommended matters for attention. My example is I had a faulty set of vanes in one of the air outlets. I corrected the fault through the front of the vent with a pair of long-nosed plyers and re-inserted the vanes into their holding slot - dealership quoted over £250 for what they claimed would be at least 1x hour's work, removal and replacement of dashboard and supply and fit new vents (all vents had to be replaced as they came as a kit!)

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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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reviewed by AL1974 on 17 November 2013
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reviewed by mfenton on 2 November 2013
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reviewed by mo athar on 26 April 2013
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reviewed by nietzsche on 5 July 2012
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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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Price£15,522–£35,620
Road TaxC–L
MPG28.1–64.2 mpg
Real MPG94.7%

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