2004 Volkswagen Passat - GLS (M5) FWD Wagon
Pros: The way it handles - 'sure-footed.'
Cons: Lack of practical standard features such as coin slots for tolls, cross-bars on roof rack, cargo net.
Advice: Go ahead....it's a great car; one you can be proud to drive!I leased this 2004 wagon on the recommendation of my son, who had purchased the sedan version. I opted for a 4Motion with a standard transmission. I feel SAFE in this car (6 air bags!!) and totally in control during the northeastern winters. I have had absolutely no problems during the year I've leased it so far. The kinks of previous years have apparently been remedied. I don't feel that any other car on the road outclasses mine!
2004 Volkswagen Phaeton - V8 (A6)
Pros: Incredible rear leg room!!!
Cons: Automatic trunk was not standard.
Advice: Don't let the label stop you from buying this incredible vehicle.I compared the Phaeton to all the usual suspects (Audi A8L, BMW 745Li, Mercedes S430, etc) and found the Phaeton to be every bit the luxury car that the Audi, Bimmer and Mercedes were...yet its cost was significantly less. I also enjoy the fact that I rarely see one on the road while the others are a dime a dozen. A unique car for a unique driving experience. It does not have the 'snob appeal' assocaited with most luxury autos but to me that is a plus. You do get plenty of attention though as every where I go people are constantly stopping me to get a look at the mystery car from VW and they all walk away impressed.
2004 Volkswagen Touareg - V6
Pros: feeling of Safety
Cons: Gas Milage
Advice: Great car and I am very satisfiedI've put about 3,000 miles on the car already and I love the car. I bought a fully optioned car with navigation and air suspension. Car handles great, engine sounds musical when pressed hard. Down side is the gas milages. I bought it knowing it has poor gas mileage but with the high gas prices, it costs me around $68.00 to fill up with preminum gasoline and it does not last me a week. Also with so many warning chimes and lights, sometime it is bothersome. Car being so heavy, it feels cumbersome to drive as well. I miss the simple cars like Honda where you turn on the car and drive.
2005 Volkswagen Touareg - V8
Cons: Constant problems with the car and the service I receive.
Advice: DON'T BUY ONEI own the Touareg V10 TDI.Paid $67,000 for this suv and have had nothing but trouble with this car,service and VW.The list is long.....brakes squeak LOUDLY,a clunk in the rear,panel gauges malfunction,air doesn't work,it whistles,clanks and makes noises to the point that I am pulling my hair out.The service people are of no help(they simply don't know how to service this car)and VW won't return my calls.My car is in the shop now(it's been 2 weeks)and on average is in the shop about 20% of the time.It's a nightmare!
2005 Volkswagen Touareg - V6
Pros: The interior is nice.
Cons: All the engine problems, plus the wood paneling will crack if you live in MI where I do and there is extreme change of temperature. Also the radio buttons started peeling off after 8mos of ownership.
Advice: Don't buy!I own a 2004 V6 and its beautiful and very comfortable. But my compliments stop there. In the year and a half I've owned this, I have taken this vehicle in 18 times. Now the fuel is not burning properly, which I'm told by the dealership is a common problem with all the the Touaregs. So depending on what time of the year is, be ready to be putting in different fuel. And sometimes that wont even work! In which case be prepared to have your car at the dealership for 3 weeks while they dismantle the engine to clean it out and order new parts. My car is nothing but a lemon and what is worse is that VW won't stand behind it. Horrendous! I would never recommend thisc car.
2004 Volkswagen Passat - W8 (A5) AWD 4Motion Station Wagon
Pros: Power, handling, and comfort in that order.
Cons: The totally automatic cooling/heating/defrosting system
Advice: In a used car, nothing else will com e close for the money.How many 8-cylinder, all-wheel drive wagons are there that will do 0-60 in under 7 seconds? The Audi S6 Avant costs $20G more. The Dodge Magnum RT costs about the same and handles less well. That constitutes the marketplace. Because they have been so poorly appreciated by the public and press, most dealers sold them at big discounts. I got mine for $32,000. Driving this car always puts a smile on my face.
2004 Volkswagen Touareg - V6
Pros: Beautiful exterior and impressive interior
Cons: Interior Quality problems
Advice: Make sure all the VW Service Bulletins are installed if you are buying a 2004I wish I could be more positive about this review. The best thing about this purchase is the outstanding service I have received from our dealer. They have really tried hard to make us happy. I bought this vehicle 18 months ago and have put 17K miles on it. The following is a list of problems we have had to date. 1 Wood grain on interior cracked everywhere 2 Surface is flaking off all dials on radio, climate control dials and the headlight switch. 3 Low tire pressure comes on for no reason 4 Inside 2 inches of both front tires are bald after 17k miles 5 Battery has died and then magically started working again 6 Remote lock only works from 1 foot away 7 Rear Cargo light doesn't shut off 8 Rear windshield wiper doesn't work 9 Rear hatch won't lock 10 Vehicle status display is intermittent Now for the good news - The Dealer has replaced the wood panels and flaking knobs. The dead battery was fixed by a VW service bulletin The remote locks will be fixed this week by another VW service bulletin The problem with the status display, rear hatch lock, cargo light and rear windshield wiper are all due to a defective latch that is another VW service bulletin After all this, I still love this SUV and am thinking about a 2005 V8