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Pros: precise steering, comfortalble driving, good braking
Cons: costly repairs, tie rod,replacing lights,plastic cover on headlights clouded uplots of recalls. costly repairs that I never had on past cars I owned with much more mileage on them and much older
Pros: the leaking moonroof cause you always got a free shower
Cons: the color
Advice: i pray that you will ride a bike before you drive this carthis car began to fall apart about a month after we got it and it began a cycle of one thing after another some how i was dumb when the dealer wanted us to trade it in on a 2005 saying that 2004 was just a bad year well how wrong was he cause the 05 was way worse then the 04 a my husband just sold it for what we could get out of it about a 1/4th of what we paid for the thing
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: 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!
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.
Pros: appearance and safety
Cons: quality and service is LACKING
Advice: buy a volvo s40Not for a 2004, but I do lease a 2002 Passat. This vehicle has been nothing but trouble from rear brakes going at 30000, to cooling system leaks at 31000, to EGR system issues at 32000 miles and finally a bad oil pump at 34000. Not to mention, when the oil pump went I was told that the local Volkswagen service shop has informed me that it will be 2 and a half weeks before they can even begin to look at it. Must be a bunch of broken down Passats out there...
Pros: German made car with an 8 cylinder engine for under 36K+
Cons: clutch response up near the top of the arc, some jerkiness when shifting
Advice: This car was not popular and did not sell well, but you won't see another one at the lightI bought the W-8, 6 speed manual, which comes with the sports suspension and 17 inch tires. I have had the car for seven months and have driven 8,000 miles. I think that I am still getting accquainted. It is by far the most sophisticated car that I have owned and driven. Since VW is not continuing the W-8, my plan is to keep it for many years. The car is a great highway cruiser. At almost 4.000 curb weight pounds, it tracks flawlessly. My problem was I kept trying to make a sports car out of it and that is not its strong suite. It still corners very nicely just the same, but it is not a porsche boxer. I have not had any mechanical problems and everthing works well so far. I was shocked at the first service, when I learned that the W-8 takes 10 quarts of oil. Remember two V-4 engines are connecte in the engine bay, so be prepared for an oil change that costs 150 bucks at the dealer. I have heard that driving a fast car slow can be fun. I know how much power this thing has, and I also know that I am not looking forward to speeding tickets. One downside: the clutch action comes near the top of the arc. I have stalled it out and jerked it around 2nd and 3rd when acclerating quickly. That's why, I feel driving this fast car slow is not such a bad thing.