2006 Volkswagen Passat 4-Motion 3.6 from North America
Good car that could be better
Front differential seal at 5K miles - under warranty.
Coin "drawer" got stuck - fixed myself but required 75% of the fake wood trim to come off. But doable in under an hour and nothing broke.
So far so good, but the ride is a bit rough over bumps or expansion joints, and the engine hesitation from a stop is very annoying. A flash upgrade to the tranny firmware improves an unbelievable lag to a barely livable one.
The car drives and handles well and is excellent in the snow. It's very fast as well with the 3.6 280 hp engine. Gas consumption is good in the low 20s average. Same motor as the new CC.
Buy another? Yeah maybe - I like german cars.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th September, 2009