I bought my Passat Estate (Highline 1.9 TDI 130PS) new on a 53 plate. It has since covered 25,000 miles with no significant problems.
The trim level on this model is superb and includes leather interior, heated front seats and rear parking sensors.
The lusty engine is amazingly economical - my wife regularly returns 48mpg on a run into the country.
However, the rear parking sensors are affected by fitting a towbar (solution: fit a costly detachable one), and I would agree with a previous reviewer in that, from new, my car has suffered from a knocking at the nearside front which is worse on poor roads. My dealer has been unable to cure it.
Does anyone know of a fix for this problem?
Having covered a little over 20,000 miles now, my 2.5 V6 TDi is proving to be every bit the car I had hoped for.
It is quite noisy when started from cold, but once warm, this fades and the reassuring roar from the V6 delivers very smooth power.
I've has a 1.9 (130bhp) previously which had great acceleration. By comparison, the 2.5 V6 (150 bhp) is much smoother with power that just keeps coming. It feels much more like a petrol car, as the turbo boost is not as prominent as the 1.9 and other smaller-engined diesels.
This is my first tiptronic car which has turned out to be fine, as I can manually intervene on county lanes, where I sometimes prefer to a lower gear than the box selects.
The car is returning over 38mpg on the motorway, cruising at 70-80mph, with 27-32mpg around town.
I would recommend this car to anyone who is looking for a very well built, reliable car, especially as it seems to be holding its value well when compared to other cars in its class.
I have had this car for over three years now as a company car, and covered about 70,000 miles.
The only minor complaint is that the wind noise is awful with either of the rear windows down at speeds above 30mph.
Other than that, it's very smooth and easy to drive for an estate, even with the lowest-powered diesel engine. Fuel economy averages at around 43mpg.
I actually have a 1999 1.8 SE with four-speed automatic gearbox. I have owned this great car for nearly three years now. It has 105,500 miles on the clock. It can cruise up to 85mph but not beyond, as the fuel economy goes down.
The ride is very comfy, as are the seats in the front and rear. The auto box is now just starting to get a bit lumpy when changing down. It has never let us down for the 50,000 miles we have driven it. Fuel economy is 32mpg on average.
I would advise you go for a 1999-model onwards, because previous models had trouble with water pumps, according to one report on the web. I gave the car four stars for the cabin, because speaker wires have come loose and the passenger airbag trim has come adrift. Otherwise it is great and there are no squeks.
In summary, they are so great I am about to buy another one! (I have also considered A6 Avant).
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