Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Volkswagen Passat saloon?
There were a couple of early recalls - visit www.vosa.gov.uk for VIN details. The most serious concerns a risk of fire on 2.0 TDI models with the six-speed manual gearbox. The car's ECU also needed a software upgrade.
Oil levels require regular checks - especially on diesel models. If it's neglected, then reliability can suffer.
The interior should prove durable and hardwearing, but check all electrical systems thoroughly. It's also very important to have the suspension looked at on high-mileage cars, especially if you plan to carry heavy loads or tow.
The steering system can also give problems, so make sure the power assistance feels even and consistent, and keep an ear out for any unusual noises. The DSG auto gearbox can be a cause for concern, but this should be covered under warranty.