2006 Volkswagen Passat Variant SE 3.2V6 DSG 4motion from Australia and New Zealand
Great car new, but be careful if buying used
Paintwork felt rough on delivery; dealer rectified this by applying another layer of clear coat.
Electronic parking brake sticks occasionally when engaging park into reverse mode.
Brakes turn to mush then suddenly grab when driving quickly down hills & coming up to slow down or stop. Apparently it is a fault with the ESP sensor. This does not occur when I have switched the ESP off.
DSG gearbox is slow to engage during parking manoeuvres & also at slower speeds. DSG is clonky around town, but much better out on the open roads.
Tyre pressure monitor occasionally signals even though pressures are OK.
Great touring car - comfortable, fast enough, easy to drive, well spec'd for the money.
Comprehensive safety features & very practical; load space close to 1700 litres.
Some cheap touches in/on the dash & doors, but they seem solid enough.
Lots of gadgets on board, but the question mark remains as to their reliability.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 2nd July, 2007
Though you don't rate her performance very high, the 3.2-litre version of VW Passat B5 is a commendable performer, I think.
Since there was a video about a VW Passat V6 4motion recording 280km/h on german Autobahn in Youtube channel (this video is currently removed), her cruising speed is much higher than manufacturer quoted data. Discounting the speedometer error, her top speed would be in 265-270km/h bracket so it is astonishing for a 250hp/3189cc V6 engine.
In reality, the Passat 3.2 has a speed limiter working at around 250km/h, but with no limiter and modified V-max module she has the potential of over 260km/h (well above maker data of 246/243km/h).
2007 3.6 Passat 4Motion. It clocks at 5.3 seconds from 0-100 kms/hr at a maximum speed 282 kms/hr. Measured by a neighbor who works with the Highway Patrol.