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...

General Comments:

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

3rd Apr 2011, 06:45

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.

2005 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8 turbo AWD from North America


An overpriced exercise in mediocrity


One of the engine coils became defective around 25,000 miles. This caused the car to cough and shudder on the highway, and felt like it was going to stall at any moment at city speeds. With the coil failure, it was running on 3 out of 4 cylinders. We brought it back to the dealer who would not fix it, because the car was out of warranty! This seemed ironic to us, as our 2001 Jetta 1.8 turbo had the exact same problem! It's funny that a big company like VW couldn't fix this problem after 4 years of building this same type of engine. Maybe they just didn't care enough.

The VW emblems on the factory optioned wheels looked like the lamination was failing, and they were stained with water marks. This also happened on our past VW - Another thing they could have fixed in 4 years!

The "stainless" steel trim on the car was cloudy and not shiny anymore. I tried polishing it, but the cloudiness wouldn't budge.

General Comments:

This was a very expensive, top of the line VW - we expected a lot more for our money.

The stereo sounded great, but it was very difficult to adjust. I miss having one knob for on/off/volume, and one knob to search stations - I guess that makes too much sense!

The back seats provide very little leg room. We should have just kept our Jetta.

The awful new car smell never went away. It always smelled terrible in that car.

The car always made funny noises related to the fan. It always made me suspicious that there was something else wrong with the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th December, 2010

10th Dec 2010, 05:31

Owned VAG problems for more than 20 years. They didn't fix their chronic problems in the 10 years between my purchases, so I'm not surprised that the problems still persist.

2005 Volkswagen Passat Comfortline 2.0 16v FSI from Brazil


Very good car, well built!!


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