2005 Volkswagen Passat 1.8 turbo from North America
Not for me, far fom running
At 62000 miles the front suspension needed rebuilt. Ball joints, struts, VW dealer said we had a bent wheel and caused all of the issues. $1700 later we were back on the road.
At 80000 miles the check engine light came on and the car instantly stopped running. Two ignition coils went at the same time. My local mechanic (not VW) was able to repair this issue and saved me hundreds of dollars.
Last week the oil pressure light came on and the STOP ENGINE message came up. I called VW and they said bring it in, they will drop the oil pan and replace the oil pump. Without even seeing the car, he knew it was the common VW oil sludge problem. For $1500 for the oil pump and flush to $8500 for a new engine and turbo I would be ready to go. The car is only worth $6700 trade in? He told me they offer an extended warranty for this issue because they know they have a design flaw with the oil temp through the turbo. No problem, but I needed to produce all receipts for oil changes from the time of purchase. Again, no problem, I change the oil myself as my family has done since I can remember. My wife even had all of the oil and filter receipts. But VW doesn't cover their cars unless someone else changes the oil in your car.
Great driving car.
Don't expect a trouble free car.
If you buy this car, keep ALL of your receipts and follow all of the maintenance guides to the line.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 30th January, 2009