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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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131 reader reviews for Volkswagen Passat Saloon.
  • 2.0 TDI 140 Sport 4dr

    Guy Worsnop Date: 19/10/2008
    • Overall 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
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      48.7

    My car

    Recently returned 05 spec to lease co after 96k miles of reliable & comfortable commuting ~150 miles/day on fast A roads & motorways. Overall, rate as good value for money/tax liability. Averaged 48.7 mpg actual(computer 49.9mpg) Driven carefully achieved > 50mpg actual per tank. Excellent ventilational/heating system (far better than new Audi A4 3 zone system!) However, experience spolit by VW main agent servicing. Returned scratched/dented. Incapable of even changing lube oil without major overfills, request to service brakes ignored nearly resulting in major RTA. (Be warned brake service inspection apparently means looking at outboard disc pads through wheel spoke, in my case an inboard pad was all but down to steel backing!) Considered replacing with another Passat Sport but VW would not explain why same spec car (pre CR engine)weighs a massive 200kg less? Test drive in a current Passat 170 Sport felt "bendy" / interior creaked and rattled. Great pity because the 05 built car was good!

  • 2.0 TDI 170 Sport DPF 4dr

    John Bell Date: 27/09/2008
    • Overall verdict
      3 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

    The engine/DSG gearbox is superb but the "beautifully engineered" Passat's build quality - and especially interior is not.

    Buy one if you want to hear creaking dashboard, crashing over bad road surfaces and lack of the old fashioned VW 'solid' feel. I've owned 6 Golfs and wish I still had one of these instead...

    Hope the CC coupe is much better!

  • 1.9 TDI S 4dr

    David Dudgeon , East Ayrshire . Date: 22/09/2008
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      47

    My car

    I bought this car in January 08. I did buy the car and immediately returned with crunching going into 2nd gear. Went to the garage, as expected they could not replicate the fault and sent me away. I then took it to my local VW dealer and they decided to strip the gearbox to make sure. On stripping the gearbox it was found that the synchro hub on the gear was worn away to almost nothing which they replaced. Secondly, i had excessive vibrations in the clutch, which then required the clutch system and flywheel to be replaced. Thirdly, i haven't had the fuel pump issue, as it was recalled and replaced before it reared its head. Lastly, i had the car parked in the local petrol station and was in the shop. A number of minutes later it appears the electronic handbrake failed, and the car rolled, causing thousands of pounds of damage to the petrol station. It was a miracle that over the 70 yards it travelled noone was injured or worse. The CCTV shows the car sitting perfectly still, then just rolling.

    My partner is due to give birth soon, and i'm not happy at the safety/qaulity of the car. I will try to return the car to the sales garage (3 major faults in 9 months is unacceptable) but i doubt i'll get anywhere! I was hoping this car would last me a number of years but it appears unlikely. Any advice greatly appreciated, please email david_dudgeon2003@yahoo.co.uk,

  • 2.0 TDI 140 Sport 4dr

    neil shearstone , south yorkshire . Date: 19/09/2008
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      43

    My car

    Have owned my 06 plate Passat 2.0 TDI sport estate from new. No major problems in first 18 months (except recall for front wiper motor). Numerous problems since service in July this year :- 1 - turbo blew (only 17K on clock) 2 - rear hinges on tailgate replaced 3 - new injector fitted to try and cure poor cold running & cloud of smoke on 1st start up (not cured as yet after 5 times in garage!). Initially VW dealer was good but now feel that every time I take car in I'm the one at fault. Previous car was Mk 4 golf GT TDI 130 - no problems in four years. I am now seriously thinking about leaving VW for volvo or Mazda next time. So much for VW's build quality & reliability.

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