Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Volkswagen Passat estate?
It’s a large car so check the bodywork extremities for any scuffs picked up in supermarket car parks. Check the alloy wheels too, for kerb damage. Make sure the rear seats fold and raise as they should, and that the electric operation of the rear tailgate, if fitted, works as it should. The interior is durable and hard-wearing, but you should check all the electrical systems thoroughly. It’s also worth checking the suspension carefully, especially if you plan to carry or tow heavy loads.
What are the most common problems with a used Volkswagen Passat estate?
Steering and DSG gearbox
The steering system can also be an issue, so make sure all power assistance feels even and consistent, and keep an ear out for any unusual noises. The DSG auto gearbox can also be a cause for concern, but this should be covered under warranty.
Is a used Volkswagen Passat estate reliable?
The Passat finished in mid-table in the Executive car class in our most recent reliability survey, so we'd expect an estate version to do similarly. Volkswagen as a brand finished in 17th place, out of 31 manufacturers, in the same survey.
A three-year, 60,000-mile warranty is offered on the Passat from new, and extended warranties are available at a moderate cost.
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