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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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80 reader reviews for Volkswagen Passat Estate.
  • 2.0 TDI 140 SE 5dr

    Stephen Colyer Date: 15/08/2006
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have had this car for two months and it has spent two weeks in the garage for constant niggling rattles and squeaks coming from the door seals, dashboard and roof area (of which VW don't have a fix forthe latter). The other issues also remain unresolved.

    Overall, the car handles well and is good to drive. The equipment is good - I took the optional steering wheel control and six-CD changer. The DSG gearbox is fantastic.

    I had a 2000 Passat estate previously; at the moment, I wish I had kept it due to the cabin noise and the ongoing hassle factor of having to get it repaired. Time will tell.

  • 2.0 TDI 140 SE 5dr

    peter baker , . Date: 01/07/2006
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    What a disappointment. After two very good Golf MkVs, I bought a Passat 140 TDI estate.

    It has a rotten engine and poor fuel economy (33-35), despite being driven carefully. The engine stalls and feels gutless between 1000-2000 rpm. The exhaust gas recirculation was reprogrammed by mobile technician - it's now even worse.

    The long-term prospects are not good. Why did I bother?

  • 2.0 TDI 140 SE 5dr

    Ian Carlile , Essex . Date: 06/06/2006
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I agree with the comments already submitted, I am also experiencing various rattles some from the door pillars where no fix, according to my VW dealer, has as yet been determined as by the manufacturer. So we can all just wait!

    I have found a particularly noisy rattle coming from the hi-tec 'glasses holder' near the rear view mirror. I'm going to try blue tack on this one & will of course inform VW if this fix works. One further bit of information you may wish to know before you buy. VW handbook tips & maintainance page 52 states 'oil consumption can be up to 1.0 litre/1000 km. Did you know that before you purchased?

  • 2.0 TDI 140 SE 5dr

    stuart beard , RCT . Date: 12/05/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I am now 3500 miles into owning this car and I am still impressed. Its quite to drive, the stereo is very good. The car drive well, though is sluggish through the first couple of thousand revs.

    The a comfortable and the adjustable lumber is a nice idea. Though why not a fully electric seat. The dual zone climate control can be a bit hit and miss, if the two desired temp are too far apart then on the central vent it does tend to 'bleed' a bit, bu this is minor gripping for what is overall a very good car.

    I had as an extra the handsfree blur tooth unit, which is superb for clarity of conversation, has very good voice recognition for frequently dailled numbers and uses the phone book from your phone on its central display, the key pad folds away neatly. Overall far better than a cradle.

    I am still to get the advertised 50mpg but when on cruise control on long journeys can get 45-48mpg so I can't complian.

    Overall this a very good car and the boot space is impressive as is the leg room in the cabin both for passenger and driver. I test drove an Accord, 407, Audi A4 and Volvo s40 and none of them compare on quality, extras and value for money

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