Great, safe, economical
My late brother bought it new. Sold to me at 80K after all of the dealer service and a little local VW specialist service was completed. Superbly maintained.
Car was and is immaculate. CEL has been on for years, faulty EBS, means nothing as most should know. I feel like I need front shocks/alignment, and it will be my first repair in 50K plus.
The 5-speed manual is tight and very responsive. The 150-HP motor is really great. I get 30 to 34.5 MPG all the time. I never step on the motor, but I am sure that it will do 110 or more if I ever asked.
I was concerned about the sludge related failures with the Passats of this era, but with regular oil changes there has never been a hint. I think hints were not part of that... I changed to Mobil 1 in 2010, when I got the car, and all is well.
NYC roads have led me to believe that some new front shocks may be in order.
The CEL ABS phony alert is really the only issue, and it is bogus.
My non sludger is a Godsend. A great VW, Canadian made, but just GREAT.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th February, 2013