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Used Volkswagen Passat Ratings

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Volkswagen Passat All Years
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    4/1/2006 12:44:01 PM

    2003 Volkswagen Passat - GL (M5) FWD Sedan

    Pros: Heated cloth seats.

    Cons: The never-ending and expensive maintainence.

    Advice: This car has such heavy maintenance that you won't get from oil chainge to oil change. Don't buy this car!

    I bought my VW Passat new and I loved it. I could even deal with the delay in the turbo. The 1.8T is really not substantial enough for the weight of the car. The real kicker is that you have to visit the dealer for every little problem and the dealers (I've been to 4)are not much help. Whenever, I have had a problem they hook the car up the the diagnostic machine and shrug their shoulders. I don't think that a VW dealer has ever had a real mechanic. Besides that, the car is so over engineered that when one part breaks - the other connected parts shortly follow suit. I have had air intake sensors replaced, the water pump replaced and the fuel pump replaced and my car just hit 3 years old. If you want a car you are going to have to baby certainly buy this car, but if you don't want the hassle - buy anything besides this car!

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    3/25/2006 7:05:52 PM

    2003 Volkswagen Passat - W8 (A5) AWD 4Motion Sedan

    Pros: Appearance

    Cons: Poor performance

    Advice: Do not buy this car

    ok when tested for purchase. just under 20,000 now and it is causing much trouble.

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    3/6/2006 2:00:45 PM

    2006 Volkswagen Passat - 2.0T (M6) FWD Sedan

    Pros: Mileage is good, handles well in bad weather

    Cons: Dealing with repair/waranty issues with dealership and VW

    Advice: DO NOT BUY THIS UNTIL THEY RESOLVE THE GAS TANK ISSUE!!!!!

    I've only had my Passat for 2 months and last week when driving on the highway the other day I heard something in the back end of the vehicle. When I got to my destination, I smelled gas and noticed a trickling of gas from the bottom of the vehicle and immediately took it to the dealer where I bought the vehicle. Within 10 minutes they said it was not covered by waranty. I've met with the service manager, the general manager and the after sales regional manager who all said that they would not cover this. I even showed them a copy of the story on the internet about faulty designs in other vehicles being investigated by the NHTSA and they just did not care to see it. The gash in my gas tank was in the front of the tank and as a result of this part being exposed to oncoming debris, although they disagree with me. I feel this is a cover-up and they do not want a recall on their hands....I have vowed to make sure they do not get away with this. Just hope that someone does not die as a result of this issue....

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    3/2/2006 12:04:09 AM

    2002 Volkswagen Passat - GLS (M5) FWD Sedan

    Pros: interior design

    Cons: Dependability... if you want a dependable car, this is not it!!!!!!!!!!

    Advice: DO NOT BUY VOLKSWAGEN

    BEWARE: this make/model is a lemon! I bought this car brand new, and have already dumped 4k into the car and at 35,000 miles have been told I now need a new engine because of oil sludge. For more info: myvwlemon.com

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    2/14/2006 11:14:25 AM

    2006 Volkswagen Passat - 2.0T (M6) FWD Sedan

    Pros: 6 disc CD/MP3 In-Dash Player with Sirius Satellite Radio

    Cons: Anti-distortion feature on the radio. I cant BLAST it...

    Advice: If you like German cars, be prepared to fall in love with the Passat

    I just bought the 2.0T after trading in my Golf. This car is GREAT. I drove both the 3.6 and the 2.0T, but the 80hp difference didnt warrant the extra 5 grand to me. Both versions are nice for sure though, but having the 115hp golf Prior to the 200hp Passat, the step up was more than enough for me.

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    2/3/2006 9:25:15 AM

    2006 Volkswagen Passat - 2.0T (M6) FWD Sedan

    Pros: Tire pressure warning

    Cons: VW cutomer relations treatment toward a customer.

    Advice: DO NOT BUY A VEHICLE FROM VOLKSWAGEN

    It was a smooth ride at first, but give it some time and it will change.

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    1/30/2006 10:28:00 AM

    2006 Volkswagen Passat - 2.0T (M6) FWD Sedan

    Pros: Engine. Transmission. Dynaudio. 17 in wheels. Trunk & folded back seats.

    Cons: Partially powered driver seat. Fog light, dimmer mirror, and other things are not available for 2.0T.

    Advice: Go test drive it. If finance allow, get 3.6 and all options. You will have the best for less.

    Wonderful car. I have 2.0T with all available options. It comes out a affordable luxury car. Very smooth, quick, and quiet car. I have mixed city/high-way driving. The average mileage is 26.5 mpg for the first 1000 miles. For high way only, it could get 33 mpg. It's great.