Volkswagen Passat Reviews from Brazil

2005 Volkswagen Passat Comfortline 2.0 16v FSI

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 2.0 16v FSI Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired29000 kilometres
Most recent distance50000 kilometres
Previous carPeugeot 406

Summary:

Very well designed, but not well built

Faults:

Air conditioning on hot days didn’t cool enough, but this was due to a clogged air filter. No problem here.

Engine idle started to oscillate and the car started to shake a little. Dealer said this was caused by improper air getting in the engine.

Cloth from the roof started to peel off on four corners of the roof.

Rubbered door handles and switches scratch very very easily.

A/C temperature controls have bad contact (when you try to select a temperature, it doesn’t obey).

Tire wear; it's two times the normal car (even with all the wheels well aligned).

General Comments:

Very well designed, but not well built.

Very comfortable ride.

Fuel consumption is very low considering its weight and engine.

Very good gearbox (6 gears auto). In normal mode the focus is low gas consumption.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th July, 2011

15th Jul 2011, 17:13

I'd argue that most of the VW problems are design and not construction. The electrical issues are rather prevalent, and most are simply failures, not due to wear. It's as if VAG had bought Lucas Electronics.

2005 Volkswagen Passat Comfortline 2.0 16v FSI

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.0 16v FSI Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired19000 kilometres
Most recent distance37000 kilometres
Previous carPeugeot 406

Summary:

Very good car, well built!!

Faults:

My car has the digital climatronic, and it seems quite imprecise on regulating the temperature. It tends to let the car get warmer than the temperature that you set on the system.

The usual and very common on VW cars, squeaks and rattles on the interior in places that are almost impossible to access.

General Comments:

Handles very well especially on the roads.

The suspension is very well arranged, but transmits quite a good amount of road noise from the tires. My car came fitted with 16” wheels with 215/55-16 97W tires. I don't know why VW fit the Passats with heavy load tires, they are harder then the normal ones, thus making more noise. My next tire change will be for Michelin’s Energy Saver, awesome tires!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th June, 2010

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 2 reviews