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Overall reader verdict 3 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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79 reader reviews for Volkswagen Passat Estate.
  • 1.9 TDI S 5dr

    Simon Nock , West Sussex . Date: 09/11/2012
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      45

    My car

    I have driven my Passat for over 100,000 miles and here are some of the pros and cons. Pros: It's a good looking car. It's fuel economy is good....averaging around 45mpg. Best tankfull- 55mpg, worst- 41mpg, giving me a generous range of 650-700 miles. The build quality is as good as you should expect from a VW, the interior is hard wearing without being pretty, but then Germans do practical not pretty, which is what I wanted from this car. All in all I would say a very practical car that fits my needs well.

    Cons: Beware, when it goes wrong it's expensive. The unnecessary electronic handbrake would have cost me £700+ to fix at a dealer, a faulty ECU cost me £1500 and 11 days off the road, a fault with the electronic ingnition would have cost me £800+ to fix at a dealer. The ignition fault has had a recall in the USA but here VW refuse to admit that there's an issue! Even though the car cuts out whilst driving. If you search the VW forums you will find hundreds of similar cases relating to this issue but VW UK still buries it's head in the sand. When I called VW UK I was told because our safety laws differ from those in the USA, VW UK will not issue a recall for this fault.

    VW really needs to be careful on this issue, because it's famous build quality reputation is being eroded by the faults on this model.

    In conclusion- don't expect trouble free motoring, it'll cost you.

  • 1.9 TDI S 5dr

    Philip Arkwright , Herts . Date: 10/02/2009
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Have had so many faults with this car from new, they are as follows .Came without the cruise control fitted as ordered ·Left hand panel on the centre console has come loose on 2 occasions. ·Numerous creaks, rattles and squeaks, including one from the driver’s side ‘B’ pillar that has necessitated around 10 trips to the garage. Still occasionally squeaks and rattles now. ·Unable to set the cruise control on several occasions. ·Noise on driving from within dashboard, increased with speed and burning smell. ·Bluetooth kept cutting out. ·Car has cut out twice while slowing down from speed for a junction – fuel pump replaced as a ‘precaution’. ·Heating not keeping heat on long journeys – no fault found – not fixed. ·‘Crunching on selecting 2nd gear. ·Car failed to start several times ·Handbrake not coming of automatically when pulling away. ·Handbrake failed a week after being told there was no fault with it – handbrake got stuck on after taking my daughter to A&E, car was stuck o/s A&E for ½ hour. ·Unable to open front passenger door. ·Drivers seat belt would not do up. Brought a VW for the build quality, WONT be buying another. Dealer I bought car from was less than helpful, ignored me when I said I wanted to reject the car after about 6 weeks, when I complained about their service the manager told me there were other dealers. Am now getting rid of it for as S-Max.

  • 1.9 TDI S 5dr

    Clive Stewart-Lockhart , Berkshire . Date: 08/12/2008
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      45

    My car

    Other than a Chrysler Voyager on which a wheel fell off while driving the whole family, this is the worst cat I have ever owned. I bought the Tdi sport estate and on the first day the bonnet catch handle fell off! The tailgate empties water into the boot area every time it is opened on a wet day. The electronic handbrake is a ridiculous gimmick. The fuel pump broke down stranding me and my family on a country road. Finally the engine has packed up three weeks after the warranty ran out!

    Buyer beware!

  • 1.9 TDI S 5dr

    alan birch , hampshire . Date: 22/08/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      45

    My car

    I have owned this car since Feb 06 and covered 84k miles. Plus points? smooth, comfortable motorway car with lots of space. Negatives? never achieved adverised mpg even with careful driving. Had new cylinder head and 2 fuel pumps. Generally doesn't feel as well built and top quality as the two previous models I've owned. Would I buy another - probably, as the VW dealer is just down the road.

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