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Overall reader verdict 4 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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62 reader reviews for Volkswagen Passat Saloon.
  • 1.8T SE 4dr

    Brendan Blacklock , Dublin . Date: 16/07/2007
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I had a problem with oil sludge and the engine nearly blew up. It appears that the turbo in the 1.8T is too hot for the oil and it burns the oil and turns it into sludge.

    Only use synthetic oil otherwise your engine will blow.

    This turbo is used in VW GTI and Audi models.

    In the USA, VW extended a warranty because of VW turbo engines blowing. For more info just Google "VW oil sludge".

  • 1.9 TDI PD SE 4dr

    richard connolly , merseyside . Date: 10/07/2007
    • Overall verdict
      4 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    i have owned my Passat for two years now. It's been a very good car apart from an oil leak. Servicing can be a bit expensive but it's excellent mpg makes up for this. It has plenty of power for such a economical diesel car. I will be upgrading to another Passat in two years.

  • 1.8T Sport 4dr

    carl cattell Date: 29/06/2007
    • 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

    I have owned three Passats now, one a Sport non-turbo and two turbos. My current one is a Y-plate face-lift 2001 car with 62,000 miles and a full service history.

    For a big car, it's fairly agile and doesn't feel as big as it is. The face-lift cars got lower stiffer suspension which controls body roll, but can make the car fidgity on uneven surfaces. Also watch out for those speed bumps - face-lifted T Sports have reduced ground clearance!

    The car is definitely at its best on A-roads or motorway where it eats long journeys. It can take some time to make yourself comfortable on the firm sports seats, but once correctly adjusted, there is no problem.

    Fuel consumption on a run is about 40mpg with town driving at about 28-30mpg. Insurance for me at 43 is a very reasonable £290 fully comprehensive, so there are no big expenses. The best part of the package is the 1.8-litre turbo engine, which is swift, quiet and responsive without breaking the bank. Boot space is massive and there's good room for five people.

    Though called "Sport", if you want a true sports saloon, look elsewhere. If you want a fairly fast, well-made family saloon which looks good, is nice to drive and can be bought very reasonably, you could do a lot worse than the 1.8 T Sport.

  • 1.9 TDI PD Trendline 4dr

    Andrew Simeou Date: 11/06/2007
    • Overall verdict
      3 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I used to have a Ford Mondeo (Mk3) before I part-exchanged it for my VW. The reason I liked the VW at the time was because it was quite similar in size and similar to drive to my Mondeo. Also moving to a TDI was quite something and the power from the 130PS TDI engine was - and still is - impressive. It’s the best feature of the car. There are lots of annoying niggles though.

    Against: 1 Little creaks that appear from the dashboard now and again 2 The car feels stiff and heavy when first started 3The interior isn’t as ergonomically designed as some of its competitors 4 The dashboard looks awful (especially for a 2005 car) 5 Radio reception is really bad with standard equipment - you feel lucky to have stereo for more than one minute at a time. Radio is usually mono. 6 The annoying rubber trim everywhere is difficult to clean 7 The gearbox is graunchy and rough, especially in first gear 8 Handling is pretty poor 9 Expensive to service

    For: 1 Very powerful engine with plenty of torque when needed 2 Very economical especially at 60mph (can get up to 60mpg on a continuous run) 3 Body work is solid

    In summary, this car is like a slug on speed. It's fast, but it feels slow and doesn’t like being pushed too far.

    Sorry VW, but its just not good enough. I’m buying the new Ford Mondeo once that’s available.

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