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When I changed jobs last year, one of these turned up at my house the Friday before I started - it was hired for me as an interim company car and I haven't looked back.
I've got the Bluemotion version, which is kind of lowered and slightly gangsta-looking - in black, with decent spec but not top-notch.
As a bit of a woman driver, it took me some time to adjust to simply pushing a button for the handbrake, and I found hill-starts really stressful, especially if some-one was queuing behind me!! The brakes were also far more powerful than I was used to, resulting in a couple of near rear-enders!
In terms of drive, for a diesel it was exceptionally quiet and luxurious, and although it pains me to admit it, I felt incredibly smug in my sexy black executive car after my previous one (a Fiesta!).
In short, I now love this car as if it were my own (aaaaaaaaah!), and would recommend anyone looking for a new car to give one of these a test-drive.
I bought this car about one year ago with 70000 miles on clock. It`s 2003 model. I needed spacious vehicle(I`m tall man) with economical diesel engine. After a year the feelings about this car become a bit more passionate.
Comfort and space:
Drive is very comfortable. Seats are a very confortable shape. There is very little external noise. The interior is plush velvet. The dashboard and panels are of course part plastic but the finish is of a good class. The climate control i excellent, set at temp and it keeps at it-ideal for long hot jurneys. There is plenty of space for driver and passangers. Boot is very big. Pity that back seats dont create flat surface with boot floor after folding.
Urban 40 miles/galon, motorway 56-60miles/galon(when you don`t exceed 70-75 miles/h), average 50m/g. When you use A/C consumption is accordingly higher. I press acceleration radher calmly.
visibility is very good. I`d rather have a car with parking sensors(mine doesn`t have).
Afret 5000 miles I had to change both CV boots gaitors. Probably I bought a car with damaged CV boots gaitors(I spotted it while oil change). Change cost 80 pounds.
I changed oil and filters ones. I don`t use VW service. They are too expensive.
I am writing this review to warn any potential buyers of the VW Passat not to bother, as there is so many design faults that it really shouldn't have been put into production. I am not going to go into all the high tech spec, I am just going to highlight the problems that we have had with ours.
~~~~Handbrake gets stuck on~~~~
We were out driving one day when we had parked up, after doing what we had to, we started up the car and went to pull away, but before we could do that we had to let off the electric handbrake which is located to the right of the steering wheel. When we pressed it, it wouldn't move and there was a warning message on the dash indicating a handbrake malfunction. We didn't know what to do and didn't have any tools to sort this even if we did know what to do. We ended up having to call the AA who came out and really didn't know either as they had never herd of this fault before, there was however a really strange high pitched sound coming from the engine bay too when the handbrake was stuck on. As a last resort the AA mechanic decided to disconnect the battery for 5 minutes then reconnect again, and miraculously it worked. Now very where we go we have to have a 12 mm spanner handy just incase it happens again. No word of an exaggeration this has happened at least once every week since we have had the car.
~~~~Handbrake wont go on~~~~
This is basically the same but just the opposite, this happened just last Saturday. When we had come home from getting shopping at Asda we parked the car to get the shopping out and it wouldn't go on. It didn't matter how many times we tried to push the button it wouldn't go back on. We ended up having to leave it in gear and then quickly run to the house and back again in case it decided to roll backwards into another parked car. The only thing with this is that you cant do anything to get it back on you just have to wait for it to do it it's self. Again this has happened at least once a week too.
~~~~Sensors on the door stopped working~~~~
This was the first problem that we had with the car. We went out one morning to find that the car wouldn't start and upon a large scale investigation we found out that the battery was flat, the cause? The sensors on the door stopped working so the car didn't know when the door was open or closed, this meant that the interior light stayed on the whole time. This has now happened at least 3 times before it was taken back to the garage for investigation.
~~~~Boot keeps opening automatically~~~~
The newest problem is that the boot keeps opening up for no reason, we went to put the car away tonight and as we went to lock it the boot just opened on its own. It stay shut when you lock the car, but if the car is open the boot will just fly open, luckily it has not happened yet when we have been driving, but I bet you it will do it soon enough.
~~~~~ The Garages report~~~~
The car is still under the manufacturers warranty as it was only bought in the end of 2006. When we took it to the garage for the first three faults the garage did all the investigations that they could do but said unless it happened when it was there they couldn't tell what was happening to it. Just like sods law every time that we had gotten the car back within an hour the fault has happened again.
We are getting rid of the car when our new car is ready, and I tell you it wont be before time. I would never advise anyone to get one of these as its not worth the money it took them to build it. This is a real shame though as Volkswagens are normally very reliable cars but not this one. Stay away from it unless you like hassle in your life.
First time i have had a vw and i have to say i am pleasantly surprised sorry you will get no technical info in this review, but my review is down to earth. The Passat is for me the ideal family car, no complaints from the kids either unlike my previous car. Fuel consumption i have found pretty average for the size of the car. Good feature nice looking and comfort zone great, i enjoy the armrests which are big and fold away tidy. The are plenty of compartments all over the car with plenty of room including a small metal secure box in the glove compartment, its all the little touches that does it for me. The only one thing i do not like is the handbrake which is a automatic button to the right hand side of the steering wheel on the dash, sounds great but you carnt beat the traditional handbreak, however some people may love it but i dont. Anyway this shouldnt stop you buying try it.
I have driven several of these as hire cars.. so in the long term I cannot say how they hold up. But as a new car, they are a very nice drive. Cruising for hundreds of miles in these is as effortless as it gets. Climate control, very nice stereo, bells and whistles on the trip computer to pass the time of the miles... turbo charged acceleration at the higher speeds when you need to pass something quickly, comfortable seats, well finished interior, BIG boot, (for my briefcase!??),.. power everything.. CD changer. It has a business feel to it. And, diesel, .. its cheap. I am not sure if the model above is it, but the ones I have driven have had six gears. So for that emphasis when your overtaking.. at something above 70...its a nice pleasure to cruise pass someone at those speeds...... and change up,.. another gear. Small pleasure for boys really.... but I cant deny its a pleasure! :))) Nice car.