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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.
  • 2.0 TDI 140 SE 5dr

    Terry Barber , lancashire . Date: 20/04/2008
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Test drove the estate and was quite happy with it overall. Tried to burn out the clutch a few times with the handbrake appling it's self all on it's own? Steering a bit heavy and well that about it for the gripes. Seat, peddles, s/wheel switches all OK. The engine is sweet and revs all the way round. I wrote about the Mondeo and which one i was going to order. Well it's the passat sallon in the Highline trim, company don't have the estate in the list but thats the one i would choose.

  • 2.0 TDI 140 Sport 5dr

    Antony Bond , herts . Date: 27/03/2008
    • Overall 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Mine is on a 56 plate and 25,000 miles. I would say it is a very poor replacement for the previous model Passat (03) which I found to be virtually "bomb-proof". Nice looking and not bad to drive, but it is let down badly by the use of poor quality materials, design faults and from what I am now reading, poor quality components.

    The interior rattles like a bag of spanners, with dash, glove box, door pillars and now the head-lining all adding to the overall effect. My dealer has tried to fix these faults a number of times, but now say VW have stopped covering rattles after 6 months! Nice.

    Front wheels re-aligned twice, but steering is still vague especially in a straight line. Air-Bag and Steering lock faults and now the vehicle is booked in for the infamous fuel pump fault as well as a suspected rear wheel bearing fault. It also drinks oil!

    I am driven mad by design faults such as: - Water running straight into the boot when you open the tailgate, and the same off the roof onto the rear seats. Drivers door bin that grabs your wrist if you need to get something out of it (Don’t use it whilst driving!). None of the 12v sockets work with the ignition off. VW are still using those daft rubber windscreen wipers that hop across the screen leaving an un-wiped area right in your line of sight. And what clever clog decided to fit such a large car with a single woefully dim reversing light?

    I expected a much better car and won't be replacing it with another Passat.

  • 2.0 TDI 140 S 5dr

    Matt Jones Date: 25/03/2008
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Like many, we have been disappointed by poor build quality, particularly around the squeaky, rattling cabin. Also wanted to second the creaking front suspension problem, which seems to be worse when the car is cold. Solution not yet forthcoming.

  • 2.0 TDI 140 Sport 5dr

    JAMES HARRISON , SURREY . Date: 21/03/2008
    • Overall 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

    My car

    Like everyone else on this site I felt compelled to write about the infamous fuel pump issue. Broke down at the beginning of the M4 on 5th March 2008 on our wedding anniversary (wife not too pleased!) Car towed to Twickenham dealership and on identifying the problem admitted that thousands of other Passats were sitting on garage forecourts awaiting the fuel pumps. Dealer at Twickenham much better than that at Battersea or Walton and arranged a Golf hire car after having a hire car through Europe car hired and cancelled within minutes!! Latest was that he thought car would be fixed in 3- to 4 weeks..fuel pumps were finally coming to the UK around 12 March.

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