2006 Volkswagen Passat Value Edition 2.0T FSI from North America
A worthy replacement for the B5 Passat and the last German-made Passat, so get one if you can
Replaced steering column lock, under warranty.
Replaced intake manifold valve flap motor gizmo, under warranty.
Lower control arm bushings squeaking, replaced under warranty.
One low-beam bulb replaced, $7 out of pocket.
Radio buttons bubbling/peeling, not covered by CPO warranty.
Parking brake button has a small crack/hole in the center.
The car is beautiful to look at from any angle. The lines flow gracefully and sporty at the same time.
The interior is spacious, the seats very comfortable.
I love the electric-assist steering; makes it very easy to park the car in tighter spaces and maneuvers at slow speeds.
The electronic parking brake... yeah, takes some getting used to, but has not given me grief yet, except for having a small hole in the center where the LED light is. Probably got too hot and fatigued the plastic button. Not covered by warranty, new button around $70.
The 6 speed manual tranny is a blast to drive, but the clutch is a bit on the heavy side. Overall, the powertrain is a joy to drive and it consistently returns 25MPG in mixed driving. On a longer trip I have averaged 31 MPG, just as stated on the sticker.
The tires do wear out rather quickly, probably because it is a heavy car.
Oil changes should be every 10K miles by the book, but this particular engine likes to drink it a bit too much. By 5K it's used about 1-2 quarts. VW says "normal", my gut says otherwise.
I do most of my own service, use the best OEM parts and it has been trouble-free in the 16K miles we've owned it.
Fuel pump and camshaft wear are a concern, but the warranty has been extended to 120K miles, so I'm covered there.
It's nice in that you don't see too many on the road, in fact you may not see any on a given day. At least it's easy to find in a parking lot.
Push-key start is a nice touch.
Low-beams are adequate; would be great with xenons.
Overall I'm very pleased with it, definitely drives and rides like it costs more than I paid, and I enjoy every trip in it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th November, 2011