By on April 9, 2007

07passat20t_02_hrgb.jpgSlide into the snug, over-bolstered leather seat. Push the chunky key fob into a slot labeled “start/stop.” Tune an ear to combustion as smooth as a baby’s backside. Grab hold of the three-spoke leather-wrapped helm. Engage first gear. Mash the throttle and drop the clutch. Brace for wheel hop, snick through the gears to triple digit speeds, then slam on the brakes. Escape through the heavy driver’s door and slam it shut. Glance back at the Volkswagen Passat 2.0T.

Not bad. And then a realization dawns: the Passat is one seriously dorky looking car. Although it isn’t the sine qua non of dork (a.k.a. the Saturn Ion), the VW’s sporting wedge shape and windswept lines are completely undermined by its odd proportions and clunky overhangs. A prominent swage line fails to conceal a bulky butt, while the V-shaped chrome plastic grill’s braces-with-headgear aesthetic needs immediate unpimping.

07passat20t_04_hrgb.jpgFortunately, for 2007, Wolfsburg offers the 2.0T (two liter turbo) with a six-speed manual and sport package. Buyers ticking these boxes ditch the Passat’s bo-bo wheel covers for 18” Samarkand alloys that could make a Tracer Trio look cool. The sedan’s 15mm lowered ride height and low-profile Pirelli’s deliver a vast improvement to the car’s basic stance and overall demeanor.

Although it’s not so much modern as style free, the Passat’s relatively plain looking interior goes a long way to restoring the brand’s reputation for high quality, high touch, OCD-informed interiors. Notice the umbrella holder inside the door panel that allows water to drain out above the rocker instead of inside the car. A button on the left corner of the dash operates the parking brake, making room for cup holders– yes, finally– in the center console. Four front visors block the sun in all directions.

vwpassatint.jpgA large semi-circle encompasses the Passat’s dash, flowing neatly into the doors. The dash’s charcoal-colored top tier contrasts with a control panel trimmed in brushed aluminum. While the Passat’s patented blue and red electroluminescent dials hark back to the days when Rabbits played Golf, at least the gauges are elegantly presented, set deep within individual cylinders. Best of all, the Passat’s sport seats would feel at home in an Italian grand tourer, with a ribbed stitch pattern reminiscent of a 365 GTB/4.

The Passat’s transversely mounted four cylinder engine delivers thrust with a muffled baritone exhaust note. Some pistonheads will mourn the loss of the old model’s high-pitched turbo whistle, but few will mind the lag-free power delivery. The Passat’s oomph builds steadily from 1800 before losing its breath at around five grand. Two hundred horsepower a bit more twist propel some 3500 pounds of laser-welded steel from rest to 60 in a sedan-respectable seven seconds.

passatmill.jpgThere’s no need to slap an auto-stick to do the deed; the Passat’s manual clutch action is light. The Passat’s shifter sits tall in hand, but slides through the gate without the rubbery sloppiness endemic to VW boxes. The clutch’s clean uptake and engagement allows for quick, aggressive shifting. If not, the Passat 2.0T ekes out well over 30 brand-faithful miles per gallon.

To add a little panache to the new Passat, Vee Dub’s boffins dialed in 60 percent more chassis rigidity than ye olde B5 Passat. With a four-link independent rear suspension, the Passat feels comfortably composed over the roughest roads. At speed, the Passat is a serene cruiser. So yes, you really do get that German big car feel that the hecho en Mexico Vee Dubs lacked.

07passat20t_05_hrgb.jpgAnd just in case you thought this was a love letter instead of a Dear John, the handling sucks lacks dynamic satisfaction. Despite the sport pack’s stiffer springs, the car rolls in the corners like Cheech and Chong at a Hollywood wrap party. In hard cornering, the Passat’s comfort bias will have considerate drivers calling out “hard aport” and “hard astarboard.” Push the Passat into true sports sedan territory and the front [driven] wheels give up the ghost faster than Scooby Doo’s human cohorts.

Driving the Passat 2.0T is like dating an unattractive woman with a great personality who’s not great in bed but is always ready to give it the old college try. You have a good time together, you know, generally, but would you take her home to the folks? What if there are better looking alternatives available? Like the old Beetle, the Passat is a kind of automotive litmus test. Just how sensible are you? Pssst. How about a four year warranty?

07passat20t_03_hrgb.jpgAnd then the argument falls apart (literally). While the ’07 Passat is a new model, the “old” car earned an unenviable reputation for lousy reliability. Coolant leaks, rough idle, window stress cracks, six major recalls in seven years— and that list doesn’t include anecdotal evidence from plenty of pissed off Passaters. If VW has ironed-out the kinks both at the factory and at the dealer level, the Passat makes perfect sense. If not, not.

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45 Comments on “Volkswagen Passat Review...”


  • avatar

    Good to see you discovered the key to fixing the Passat’s (and current A6′s) poor proportions: large wheels. These models absolutely need large wheels more than just about any sedan I can think of to not look, as you aptly put it, dorky.

    I didn’t notice so much roll when I test drove a VR6 4Motion Passat. Maybe the suspension on that one is a bit firmer? Then again, I could only turn right in that car, as left turns produced an awful rubbing/grinding noise from the right front corner.

    And yet my reliability research at TrueDelta continues to find that the reliability of the latest Passat is very average, neither great nor poor. So perhaps that was an isolated incident.

    Reliability results page that includes the Passat:

    http://www.truedelta.com/results1206.php

    The next set of results, due in mid-May, will include about twice as many models.

  • avatar
    tsofting

    Amen to your comments on the proportions, or rather, lack thereof. It positively looks like one of those motorhomes built on a too-small chassis; the body hangs over the chassis in all directions. Larger wheels may help to a certain extent, but wait, there’s another problem; the wheel-openings are to small! Compare the Passat to say, a 3-series, and the Passat looks like it’s going to tip over, forwards, backwards, sideways…

    Did Wolfsburg just happen to slide the Polo-chassis under this bloated body?

  • avatar
    jerry weber

    Not said about the 2.0 passat is it get’s great gas millege for a mid size car. This is one of those european cars that doesn’t sacrifice performance for mpg. It represents where the US mfg should be headed, 30mpg with some size (for us less than average size americans) and oompf in the hills. Not many 4 cyl cars can do that. If gas goes to $4.00, it may seem less ugly.

  • avatar
    Brian E

    I test drove the 2.0T with the Tiptronic transmission (sorry, no DSG love in the Passat yet). Call it turbo lag, call it drive-by-wire throttle lag, but the powertrain had a seriously disconcerting on-off property. From a dead stop, getting up to 10 to pull out of a parking lot felt like it took about 4 seconds, and the sprint up to 60 from there took the remaining 3.

    The Saab 9-3 2.0T I drove, on the other hand, was the very model of lag-free perfection. Were it not for the distinctly turbocharged noise from the engine bay, I’d have guessed it to be a normally aspirated 6.

  • avatar
    NICKNICK

    I don’t get the “dour” part about the interior. If an interior is all black, it gets called dour. Here’s a black and gray one with “silver” trim and it’s dour too? What does it need–pink stripes and candy glued to the dash?

  • avatar
    philbailey

    Turbo charged cars of any kind, but particularly VWs need to be under the security blanket of a manufacturers warranty at all times.

    There is still no substitute for cubic inches.

    Especially now that the larger capacity engines can prove to be just as economical and powerful as their forced-charge brethren.

    Unfortunately, diesel cars have to be turbo charged, but the same rule applies – get and maintain, long term warranty coverage.

  • avatar
    umterp85

    I owned a ’99 Passat w/ 2.0 Turbo. OK car but the turbo lag was something I never got used too. Looks aside (this is a purely subjective call anyways) Passat reliability has to be a concern.

    While my Passat was ok reliability wise, other friends who owned one had a myriad of issues including the dreaded electronic demons. My next door neighbor got a 2007 and just had it in the shop because he could not get his drivers door open—-because of you guessed it—elctronicical issues.

    Also—the 2.0 Turbo (also the engine in the Audi A4) has had Toyota like sludge issues !

    Anybody who buys this car better be prepared to know their VW Service advisor by name.

  • avatar

    umterp85:
    I owned a ‘99 Passat w/ 2.0 Turbo. OK car but the turbo lag was something I never got used too.

    Also—the 2.0 Turbo (also the engine in the Audi A4) has had Toyota like sludge issues !

    I think you mean the 1.8T, the 2.0T has only recently been introduced.

    The 1.8T and quattro are about the only saving graces in my 98 A4.

  • avatar
    boredlawstudent

    I actually like almost everything about the new Passat: the look, the driving feel, the interior quality. My main concern is that of reliability and shoddy dealer service. My last VW was a 93 Passat VR6 – great drivers car, awful reliability.

  • avatar
    Dave M.

    To me, the wagon version is much more attractive. But then I’d look like a dork driving a wagon.

  • avatar
    Gottleib

    Now I get it! I read these reviews and do enjoy the perspective on the new cars, but I was bothered by so much emphasis on the interior, fit and finish of the cars being reviewed. Now I have finally figured out why so much emphasis on the type of plastic used, the shape and feel of the buttons, knobs and switches on the interior of the car being tested. Well it dawned on me that cars today are so similar that within a certain size class the only way to distinguish one from the other is the tactile sensations experienced while operating the controls for radio, lights, wipers and information systems. That fact plus that many drivers today are spending a lot of time in their cars while not actually moving either stuck in traffic or sitting in a parking lot doing business on their cell phone and laptop ( a mobile office). So with all of this time being spent not actually driving, but using the car as a habitat, the interior decorating becomes of utmost importance.

    When Martha Stewart interiors come on the market I will know driving will no longer be fun.

  • avatar
    qfrog

    What you’ve got here is a plus sized Jetta. The 3C Passat is not a B chassis or a B chassis derivitive like the previous Passat was. What does that mean? You get the basic suspension design, gearbox, engine and overall dynamics of the golf/jetta in a wider, longer and heavier car.

    Gone is the “unreliable” 3B Passat which had the Engine, gearbox, and suspension of the Audi A6 in an in-between B5/C5 platform package. I think the biggest loss was the coherent and tasteful styling of the 3B Passat.

  • avatar
    cman321

    agree that the passat with the auto suffers major lag. Even the DSG on GLI has a bit of lag. Manual 2.0Ts have the least amount of lag of any turbo car I have ever driven (besides 335i).

  • avatar
    Mrb00st

    a few things: Brian E., i'm not sure with 2.0t Saab you drove that didn't have ridiculous lag, but i'm interested. We had a 9-3 2.0T Aero convertible (6M, HPT, 210bhp) and there was almost no power low down and then the turbo swooshed in- VERY audibly- around 2700-3000rpm. Once you were in boost it was quick… but from stoplights, minivans were a distinct challenge :) Of course it was a complete piece of **** and was replaced with an Infiniti M45 Sport (dad's cars, not mine.) I haven't driven a Passat with a 2.0T but i have driven one with the 3.6 VR6, 6 speed tiptronic, 18" wheels, and FWD. One impression: RAMPANT wheelspin. Not even on purpose, weeeeeeee fun burnout wheelspin – but rampant wheel jerking tire smoking wheelspin with modest throttle input on a less than perfect surface, even with 18" Continentals or Pirellis or whatever they put on there. So worth it though. I'm glad to see the VR6 back in the Passat. It just sounds so awesome, very flexible; it's a great motor. and the 3.6 has genuinely huge punch. It's cool.

  • avatar
    sitting@home

    “A button on the left corner of the dash operates the parking brake”

    So how does this affect my weekend hoonery if I have to fumble around the dash to do a few hand-brake turns (and probably switch the fog lights on by mistake 50% of the time) ?

    I find it sad when what I consider a major control component is moved to make way for some fluffy convenience feature. What next, one-handed steering wheels so cell-phone yakking is easier ? You can scratch me off the list of possible Passat owners due to that one feature.

  • avatar
    Jason Pollock

    I’d possibly lease one but never buy one. VW reliability plus expense of repairs for it’s usable lifetime scares me.

  • avatar
    wsn

    According to Road and Track road tests, Camry SE V6 is about identical, if not slightly better, in performance (any kind of acceleration, slalom, skipad) with Passat V6. At least on paper. The Passat may be better when pushed hard—but I don’t know since I never tried it. For a very casual driver, the Camry SE V6 is every bit as good in driving, and much more reliable and much cheaper.

  • avatar
    vento97

    Also—the 2.0 Turbo (also the engine in the Audi A4) has had Toyota like sludge issues !

    The sludge issue is a human-error issue due to the following factors:

    1) The “human’s” at VWoA (and VW AG) failure to enforce the use of motor oils that comply with VW Specification 502.00 (the motor oils on this list are all synthetic) in a turbo engine. VW finally issued a TSB (Technical Service Bulletin) on this issue.

    2) The humans at the dealerships for using 5w30 “dino” oil instead of VW 502.00 oils in a turbocharged engine until VW issued the TSB.

    3) The DIY humans who either didn’t use the correct motor oil, or went way beyond the 5,000 mile oil change interval (if they even changed it at all).

    So there is plenty of blame to go around.

    B.T.W. I own two 1.8Ts (2003 Wolfsburg Jetta and 2003 Passat GLS) and have yet to experience sludging issues – because 1) I make sure that VW 502.00 spec motor oils go into these engines, 2) I have the oil changed within the 5,000 mile change interval and 3) Until the TSB came out, I brought my own VW 502.00 spec oil and not only made sure the dealer used that oil, but that they enter the type of oil used into their computer system so it gets printed out on the invoice.

    Yeah, I know I’m anal, but having owned three VWs prior to these, I was able to do my research, and make it a habit not to purchase any vehicle until after it has been out at least 2-4 model years (to give said manufacturers time to work out the bugs)…

  • avatar
    rennf

    As a 6+mth daily reader/lurker, it takes quite a bit to get an audible chuckle out of me — the wordsmiths at TTAC continually set the bar higher.

    Today, this did it for me: “Push the Passat into true sports sedan territory and the front [driven] wheels give up the ghost faster than Scooby Doo’s human cohorts.”

    Priceless. :) :)

  • avatar
    davey49

    I don’t think the Passat looks all that dorky.
    I do own a Saturn Ion and I once had a Renault LeCar and a Volvo 244 so maybe my view is skewed.
    I should get a Honda Element next!
    I get a feeling my ION will be more reliable than your average VW though. “Watch this, when I open the windows the car stalls. Why does this happen, I don’t know. It must be a VW thing.”

  • avatar
    lcreis

    Here in Europe, the Passat is considered to be a must-have saloon, with an above the average reliability and a high build quality. It wouldn’t be my first choice, but just sit inside and you’ll get the feel. It’s a million miles away from any American car (if you consider any of the big three American built cars, as you might infer from any reliability ranking; take any Chrysler sold in Europe – even the ones assembled in Austria – and the interior trim feels like cheap plastic). And if you talk about gas mileage… It has nice handling (independent suspension, something relatively new around those parts), although I’d expect the suspension tuning you get to be “soft enough” for the American market. Maybe you should drive a European version… in Europe.

  • avatar
    shaker

    Foobar should have expanded on his opinion…
    Although the “Fans of TTAC” have no problem (generally) with the female/car metaphors, potential advertisers may; and an automotive site that’s attempting to become more “mainstream” should attempt to cater to women as well, due to their undeniable purchasing power. That said, I love these “sophmoric sidebars”, but we’ll just have to meet at the tavern to exchange them ;-)

  • avatar
    jurisb

    passat is a high quality european fighter, and the last gen passat was directly fighting with the class leader Mondeo in europe.when mondeo appeared in 1993 ,it was so much ahead of passat by then … but today mondeo can barely manage the superb fit and finish inside the VW. and an optional 280hp engine makes a huge advantage over mondeos 3 litre duratec, that cranks out some shy 225 hp.the shame is that mondeos 2,5 liter duratec hasn`t gained much hp in the latest gen. passat has far more professional built interior than any bmw. bmw( had huge fitting gaps between fenders and bumpers even in the last gen cars). lucerne of course looks similar to passat, and none of those two look disproportionate. the problem is that lucerne has fwd, and 4 speed dino-gearbox. passat is on the right track. while passat is directly fighting with mondeo and accord, its price has put it against acura and infiniti and lexus, but that`s another quality league. and discussion.

  • avatar

    almost no power low down and then the turbo swooshed in- VERY audibly- around 2700-3000rpm.

    A turbo making good boost

  • avatar
    murphysamber

    It’s so much more fun with the stick, and 18′s. The Aisin tiptronic slushbox is kind enough to give us 6 gears, but seems to be programmed to search out the one that will cause the least amount of impact to your fuel costs. Even sport mode is lame. DSG for everyone should be the battle cry in Wolfsburg.

  • avatar
    speedy4500

    jerry weber: Don’t forget about the turbo 2.0 Ecotec in the Solstice GXP and Saturn Red Line: 260hp, 260 lb-ft, negligible turbo lag, 22/31 EPA ratings. Why GM doesn’t use that engine in other cars, I don’t know. I’d love to see it in the new CTS or maybe detuned in the Astra.

  • avatar
    P.J. McCombs

    What happened to the company that made genuinely beautiful, desirable mass-market sedans (Mk. IV Jetta, B5 Passat)?

    It’s got to be tough selling “European cachet” when Civics and Accords are more interesting to look at, and even to drive.

  • avatar
    foobar

    My previous comment inveighing against the persistent and unimaginative car/girlfriend metaphors was removed, probably rightly, since it was about the article and not about the car.

    About the Passat, I have this to say: I was a big fan of everything about the previous generation Passat except its reliability. It was a nice-looking if conservative Audi-lite design, with a super-comfortable interior and very quiet ride, that still managed to be surprisingly pleasant and even engaging to drive, and came at a very competitive price. (The engine repairs you encountered down the road should, perhaps, have been budgeted into the purchase price.) I haven’t driven the new Passat, so I can’t attempt to describe that, but it’s visibly bloated and unattractive, and the price has ascended to prohibitive levels compared to the competition (which ought to be mainly the Accord, perhaps also the Legacy/Outback). I can’t see many people considering this car over its cheaper, more reliable competitors.

  • avatar
    Aeroelastic

    Can anyone compare/ contrast the Passat 2.0T to the GTI? What do you gain or lose by going from a hatchback to the sedan? I’ve been told that the manual GTI is a bit torquey, perhaps the DSG or Tiptronic smooths that out a bit.

  • avatar
    boredlawstudent

    It seems the biggest flaw with the “B6″ Passat is that it is based on the MkV platform (PQ46) and not on the Audi A4. With the B5, you were buying a bargain basement Audi. Now, you are buying an expensive Rabbit/Jetta. Thus the value factor is lower…probably the reason dealers are selling Passats at $4K+ off MSRP.

  • avatar
    Walter Pabst

    boredlawstudent:
    I agree with foobar that the biggest flaw in the latest Passat is the styling. The previous Passat (’98-’05) has aged alot but broke new ground for VW and was widely copied. Styling aside, I think it’s a much better car than the old Passat. The transverse layout allows for a more spacious interior and (in my opinion) doesn’t detract from the driving character of the car at all.

    Aeroelastic:
    I am a huge fan of the 2.0T. It is the key to making the Passat a good car and the GTI a great car. Plenty of torque, surprisingly linear power, respectable gas mileage.

    The Aisin automatic in the Passat isn’t terrible like most past VW autos, but isn’t worth using as a Tiptronic (too slow). The DSG is the future of transmissions, and shifts faster than Schumacher could shift manually. Mash the throttle off the line in either car and any trans choice, and the wheels will hop and spin and the car will go nowhere, despite ESP. Is that what you mean?

    The Passat is much bigger and more comfortable inside. The trunk is huge, as is the back seat. GTI is surpisingly roomy, but much more narrow and tight inside.

    The GTI handles while the Passat wafts, and the GTI feels much faster (in fact, it feels much faster and lighter than it is).

  • avatar
    Landcrusher

    Thanks for the last paragraph. That’s what the customers and the manufacturers need to hear from all reviewers. How can this be ignored by so many?

    If a model is new, go with the history on the old one. If a model is completely new, go with the brand’s over all quality, or that of known parts like the engine or other off the shelf parts.

    Kudoos

  • avatar

    Jason Pollock “VW reliability plus expense of repairs for it’s usable lifetime scares me.”

    The last VW I owned made GM look like a paragon of virtue and reliability in comparison.

  • avatar
    vento97

    What happened to the company that made genuinely beautiful, desirable mass-market sedans (Mk. IV Jetta, B5 Passat)?

    Which is why I plan to hold on to my 2003 MkIV Wolfsburg Jetta and 2003 B5 Passat GLS for quite some time…

    It’s got to be tough selling “European cachet” when Civics and Accords are more interesting to look at, and even to drive.

    Hopefully that will change once Porsche buys a controlling interest in VW (Porsche is awaiting a German court ruling that will overturn restrictions of owning a majority stake in a company)…

  • avatar
    pdohara

    I agree, the sedan doesn’t look good but the wagon, which is also available with the 2.0T and manual transmission, is much better looking. Too bad though as the question of reliability hangs heavy over Volkswagen.

  • avatar
    moto

    I’d like to know on what basis everyone keeps claiming VWs are unreliable. the Golf/Jetta that were built in Brazil or Mexico were not well built — this is well documented. But anything out of Wolfsburg is one hell of a good car in our experience. If you look at the reliablity ratings based on manufacturing site, rather than brand, you’ll see what i mean.

  • avatar
    Evinx

    My Touareg was a card-carrying member of the Dead Battery Society.

    Because of repeate dealership incompetence – at VW, I know it’s shocking! – Volkswagen of America bought the car back under the lemon law. Dealership couldn’t fix it although the car practically lived at the shop.

    Corporate fought it tooth and nail, but the car died on the way to the lemon law hearing. Best and only thing it ever did right for me.

  • avatar
    banker41

    Agree with cman321 and others regarding turbo lag with auto trans. My company has a 2.0T with the automatic and I avoid driving it. This weekend I had the opportunity to test drive a 2.0T with the six speed stick. Loved it. The two cars are like night and day.

  • avatar
    chadrj

    My Passat is a lemon. I have a 2006 Passat 2.0 T with 12,000 miles. It has been at the dealer for repair 6 times in the last 10 weeks. I have only had my car 6 days out of the last 30. What makes it worse is the nearest VW dealer is 150 miles from my home. The problem…The oil becomes contaminated with gasoline. The engine surges at city driving speeds and the tachometer bobs up and down. VW has not yet been helpful. Each time I get my car back they tell me that they solved the problem and it is fixed. However, my car sits at the dealer as I speak. I should have kept my ’02 Jetta TDI, which I never had a single problem with. Never again will I buy a VW.

  • avatar
    2007Passat

    I’ve owned my 2007 Passat since Oct 06 and have problems since day one. First off I had to wait more than a month for the rear spoiler to be delivered to the dealer. Next the left front speaker started working off and on. Then a whistle developed which sounded like it was coming from the driver’s door upper corner near the B pillar. The whistle ended up actually coming from the driver’s side mirror. The dealer admitted it appeared that there was a design flaw with the mirror. Now there is a rattle somewhere in the driver’s side B pillar which is probably coming from the seatbelt mechanism. Finally, the entire dash squeaks like there is no tomorrow and this is on smooth roads! Granted, the dealer has been more than helpful with some of the problems but its to the point that it is more of a hassle to take the car to the dealer every few weeks. Also, one other thing, the passenger side CV joint seems like it is going bad. I have a vibration in the front end which feels like its coming from the right front side…yes the tires are balanced. The car itself has less than 10,000 miles on it. I’m looking at trading it in for a 2008 Camery..ARRRRR.

  • avatar
    Nemphre

    I know someone who has a new Passat and when they lurch forward, there’s a slight bucking. Anyone else experience that? Also a rattle or two and a slight buzzing that sounds like it’s coming from somewhere around the B pillar. It also wouldn’t start when they had to park it outside and it was very cold out. The VR6 puts out some serious power though, and it handles better than say… a Toyota Avalon. This person drove an Avalon and said that “It drives like an old person’s car”. He’s 56.

    I also would like to mention that I’m really tired of auto makers adding heft and resistance to the doors so that they feel of higher quality. It takes way too much effort to open the Passat’s doors. A light weight, easy to control door doesn’t necesarily mean cheap does it? The RSX had heavy doors as well, and the Integra never did. I can only guess that it was a result of Honda wanting to take it upmarket rather than being a tarted up Civic.

  • avatar
    blesskid

    I purchased a 07 passat with the 2.0T 6 speed automatic with tiptronic about a month ago and I love it. Its quik acceleration rivals most v6 japanese and domestic cars and its styling is a european beauty. I truly beleive the passat sedan will dominate the mid size sedan imports due to its luxurious interior feel and newly handsome desighn wich stands out beutifully against the boring gordy cheap looking japanese competitors i.e (top line) maxima,altima camry!

  • avatar
    thunter77

    I am sorry but I really dislike this car. I was all set to buy a VW Jetta and got on the web and did some research and found that they have horrible maintenance. I then bought a 2006 Honda Accord and love it! I got hit and knocked into another vehicle back in January, while the Honda was in the shop I rented a 2007 Passat. This car was a 2.0 Turbo with supposedly 200 HP. My Accord only has 166. The Passat took forever to get to 10mph and sounded like a locomotive (very loud). It set too high for my tastes and didn’t ride well. The cars computer was already broken with only 5000 miles on it. Also, my accord gets much better gas mileage, handles better and is a whole lot quieter. Needless to say I am glad I didn’t buy the VW!!

  • avatar
    banker41

    thunter77,
    I will agree that your Accord is a great ride. If you think the Passat’s 0-10mph acceleration was slow, I’m sure you were experiencing turbo lag. Lag is hard to manage with an automatic transmission. Try it with a manual transmission. Changes the whole character of the car, and let’s the engine do what it was meant to do: rev and boost.

  • avatar
    Passat2008

    I have just purchased a 2008 Passat Station Wagon. I bought it because I really loved my Jetta but needed a bigger car. Edmunds.com said it was a good car.

    I do enjoy it yet it does have that feeling like the CV joint is going to fall off on the passenger side. My service writer said it is just the way the car drives because it has the CV joints that are plunger type.

    Does anyone know about this?


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