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.

General Comments:

Great driving car.

Very safe.

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

2005 Volkswagen Passat 1.8 from North America


Do not purchase a VW Passat ever!


Ignition coil failure 4 times.

N80 valve 1 time.

Oil pressure stop engine 4 times.

VW has recalled the 2004 Passat, but will not service a 2005 Passat after the 50,000 mile warranty. The problem is never resolved during the warranty.

General Comments:

It is a lemon, and should be fixed with a new engine, or traded in for a fair value.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 26th September, 2008

2005 Volkswagen Passat GLS TDI from North America


We have loved it for the most part


Emissions Workshop! and check engine light came on last night. I have misplaced my owner's manual and my trusty car repair guy went away for the weekend - I was just in having a tire fixed (nail this time - though the tires need to be replaced - with less than 30k miles on them). I have a lot of driving to do this week and am afraid of getting stranded on 95 = I haven't seen any comments on the diesel doing this - any advice?

Front passenger seat has a hard spot on leather.

Tires wear badly.

She is using some oil.

General Comments:

We love the car for fuel efficiency though that has gone down recently.

We love the car for handling, comfort and usefulness - it's a wagon.

After reading the Emissions Workshop! and tire wear comments I am kind of upset - I want a car that will last many years - it's why I bought a diesel.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 18th August, 2007

27th Oct 2007, 20:12

Emissions Workshop came up on mine too yesterday. Had it checked by qualified VW mechanic in his own time and the diagnostics came up with temp sender fault (engine temp).

Sender replaced and topped up with water and antifreeze and code checked and cleared in 1 hour for a minimal sum. apparently this is a common fault on Passat TDIs.

2005 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8T from North America


Go for it if you want to keep it at the dealership and not drive it over half the time!


11,775 trans shifted hard when braking

11,800 Window switch broke

11,900 suspension squeeks loud

12,450 sunroof molding got snagged on roof

13,000 gages would jump around and mis match trip computer

13,750 side turn markers take in fog

14,000 rims loose more paint (did not curb check)

14,500 rear breaks squeek

15,000 rear passager window hits window track

15,500 motor makes plastic rattle "due to air pump"


General Comments:

This was a 2005 VW Passat GLS with 11,750 miles VW certified... The nightmare begins. I paid 18K for it and the window switch broke, rear passenger window hit the track, trans shifted hard when braking, turn lights did not match, speedometer jumped around, trip computer would be reset with cruse on and not match actual car speed, suspension would squeaks over bumps BAD, sunroof molding got caught on roof while opening, rims got spotted and lost paint, side marker turn lights on mirror took in water, and so on and so on. I took great care of this car and was not a fool as to how to take care of and keep up with car care. But no matter what the car was just garbage. I called a lemon law legal representative and had said that it’s more common with VW, seeing as to how I could not believe all this was going wrong. I would NEVER tell anyone to buy a VW I mean just look at the reports. VW has the WORST customer service in the auto industry and do your math and you will see you’re better off with a real German car like Mercedes or BMW. Don’t inconvenience yourself with an Audi there just as bad if not worse. I now own a 2007 Toyota corolla S and even without leather heated seats and monsoon audio, I could care less knowing that this car run and drives great!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd June, 2007

3rd Jun 2007, 14:03

Dude, you're really nitpicky.

6th Jun 2007, 10:24

Do you just like Germans?

6th Jan 2011, 21:30

This car loves to be in the shop!!!

Repairs made:

Passenger seat heater replaced, all the interior window molding replaced, heater core broke and sprayed oil out of all the vents (replaced it too). Oh, and I'm on the 4th set of axles/CV boots; it's eating them up like crazy, all new suspension (apparently if they aren't changed at 50K, it eats your tires up too and it did), new brakes and several warning lights...

The kicker is I'm just now hitting 75K. What a piece of s---. These cars are very picky on parts; it only likes factory parts, and it's not cheap.

My advice; stay away from this model at least.

My Jetta was a good car.