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Pros: Trans, radio
Advice: Be Carefull, If you drive it you will buy it.What a great driving car, plenty of power. I look at other cars in it's class. Nothing compares. The Internet Sales Department at Bob Baker are the best I have ever dealt with. If you are looking at a Passat check out Bob Baker VW in Carlsbad
Pros: air-conditioned center console and glove box
Cons: chrome grill
Advice: drive it buy itTook a test drive because i heard so much about the new Passat. I really think VW is stepping up to the plate on their new line up of cars. The handling and standard features are what made it for me. VW has always been known for their safety as well. The 2.0t engine has 200hp and gets great gas milage.
Pros: Everything, but especially the six speed transmission and sound system.
Cons: The Goodyear Tires.
Advice: Get the Dynaudio sound system and vented leather seats.We were the first ones to test drive one in Northern Virginia. We were sold. Excellent handling and acceleration. Love the six speed transmission, shifts very smoothly. The Dynaudio sound system is a must. Very quite and smooth ride. Large trunk capacity.
Pros: rain sensor
Advice: get them NOW!!One of the smoothest vehicles I have ever driven, with easy and fun equipment
Pros: Interior and exterior design. Good looking car!
Cons: Transmission, ASR, wipers.
Advice: Speak to the current VW owners about the quality of the service dpt. in your area!Beautifully looking car, beautiful interior, clear and easy reachable dash controls. Very classy inside-out. CD,AM/FM and Tape- all nice. Great 1.8T engine, brutally assassinated by a 5-speed manual trans. (automatic is even worse). First and second gear are very short - engine gets ahead of the gear every time. Third and fourth gear are OK. Fifth actually works very well with the engine. Turbo comes in very softly and exactly on time - very well done. Extremely annoying ASR (you'd better turn it off in the snow or on the water-it takes you out of control of the car.) Device controling the RPM's (rising and descending very slooowwwlllyyy)kills all the fun and I do not think it adds any more safety. I don't think anyone tested the windshield wipers while in motion. Because when it rains you get tremendous overspray right in the line of sight. Strange wiper design... Horrible service from the dealer's service department where I bought the car! (I AM SURE THEY ARE NOT ALL LIKE THIS.) I guess their mechanics are trained to do prescribed maintenance and nothing else. Even then it took them three times to fix my window, my protective plate fell off on the highway after an oil change because the bolt was stripped (he must have seen it), etc. Don't ask them to think on their own when making repairs... In fifteen months that I own the car, due to the total incompetence of the mechanics I've driven more rental cars than I can handle! If they knew what they were doing and didn't have to do everything several times, the amount of my repairs would fall to a third (imagine the cost to the dealership)! Even though every repair was relatively small and simple, they insist on me leaving the car there for the day and then, when I call at 4:30pm if it's done they say it was just pulled in. (I'm kind of tied to this particular shop for its location close to my job). Therefore, the service (the lack thereof)is the reason why I will never buy another VW. I am actually looking to soon get rid of this one, too, just so I don't have to deal with these people anymore. (I need new breaks and I am a little nervous having those guys working on them- I've got family!)
Pros: vents in sunroof for air circulation
Cons: to much variance in speed when using cruise comtrol
Advice: buy it you will love itthe most driver friendly auto I have ever owned.
Pros: Design and quality of interior and exterior.
Cons: The hesitation of the engine.
Advice: Test drive the 4 and 6cyl engines.I have had my Passat for a year and a half. The only dissapointment I have encountered is a annoying and sometimes dangerous hesitation when accelerating from a standstill. Have had it to the dealer a few times and they can't duplicate the circumstance. If considering, consider the 6cyl, or get the manual trans with the 1.8 Turbo.