2005 Volkswagen Passat SE 2.0 TDI turbo diesel from UK and Ireland
My worst car in 25 years of driving
EGR valve failed £300, airbag faults, steering column lock failure £1000+, various electrical faults, central locking failure £250 etc etc...
This car is superb to drive and gives 50mpg+ on a run. The car has a full VW main dealer service history and is in an excellent condition. I love the look of this car.
I have to sell the car as it is simply too dear to maintain. I have only done 10000 miles over the last year, but have needed in excess of £2500 worth of repairs. The steering column fault is a common failure, which costs loads to put right, and can only be done by a main dealer for loads of money.
(If it does not go soon, I am sure that I will be caught out by clutch & DMF failure, injector failure and possibly oil pump failure; all well documented faults on the net.)
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 5th March, 2011
So many common faults on this car... My 2006 2.0 TDI has had the EGR valve fail, the NSF door locking module and also the steering locking fault. Total repair cost over 10,000 miles have now been £2000 + servicing... ooouch. My car has full VW history and 90000 miles. Not sure if I should sell before the injectors fail (£500 each), the DMF fails (£1000+), the gear driven oil pump fails (£1000 - £3000) or maybe the electric hand brake fails. All common VW Passat faults.
The injector problem with early VAG group 2.0 TDI PD engines was especially scary. I must say that the fault is now supposedly cured, but when an injector failed, which they often did suddenly and without warning, the engine stopped. OK, this was a deliberate strategy to prevent serious engine damage as the injectors tended to fail "open", as in constantly injecting fuel into the cylinder.
But, think about it a moment, the engine STOPPED. You could be doing 90mph in the fast lane of the motorway and the engine stopped. No power steering, no brake assistance, and unless you got the clutch pedal down quickly enough, the high diesel compression rapidly bringing the car to a halt.
I would never, ever buy one of these, but please note my comments relate only to the early 2.0 TDIs. The 1.9 TDIs were a great engine.