2007 Volkswagen Passat 2.0 turbo petrol from North America


Well this one is utter rubbish. One guy with a 2014 Passat near me says the same of his


The car started having fuel problems at 81k, with frequent engine stops, even when on the freeway. The car is dangerous to drive. When the temperature is less than 5C, the car is fine. Otherwise the engine can cut out at any time (usually in a junction or center lane of the freeway).

It's had 4 new high pressure fuel pumps and 2 new low pressure fuel pumps, 1 new camshaft, new fuel pressure regulator, and all engine sensors had to be changed, new engine wiring loom, new relays for something, new key and ignition locks, and the steering column produces numerous faults. The list is endless and mostly not written here.

General Comments:

The car has spent 4 months out of the last 12 in service and is still not fixed. Both my local dealers have now declared "we can't fix this car".

So, I am now going to scrap a beautiful looking car in great physical condition because I don't trust the dealers not to sell it on unfixed and have it kill someone.

Apart from this huge issue, generally the car has proved to be very unreliable, with poor build quality and numerous stupid design faults (such as the water pouring into the trunk when you open it).

In short the car is over engineered junk.


Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th September, 2015

25th Sep 2015, 15:01

Amazing, all the bad reviews for VWs on this site seem to come from the USA. Here in the UK they are known to be reliable cars, despite the recent scandal regarding emissions. I had 2 Passats back in the day (90s models); all were bullet proof reliable and did me over 200,000 miles without serious issue. I dunno, maybe VW really has been cost cutting across the entire model range in the last 15 years or so. But then over here in the UK, the 2000 onward Passat models also have a good reliability record, so who knows, maybe you just got unlucky? Or maybe they are built elsewhere other than Germany for the USA market, in fact I think they are built in Brazil for the USA market, but I could be wrong. But surely they still have quality control in this day and age?

2007 Volkswagen Passat 1.6 FSI from Egypt


Would go for Mercedes or BMW


- Steering box rack and pinion problem at 62,000 km (agent didn't commit the problem, until after the car went out of its warranty period) (Cost 12000 EGP).

- Starter motor damage at 90,000 km (cost 3000 EGP).

- Sun roof unintentional opening.

- EGR solenoid valve at 95,000 km (cost 3000 EGP).

- Electronic hand brake problem at 70,000 km (cost 175 EGP).

- Had an accident with the car in the first year,

and the authorized agent in Egypt fixed it with non original accessories.

- Egyptian agent is very BAD.

- German manufacturer's CS is very bad.

General Comments:

The car is very comfortable from inside, however the steering box problem and tough suspension causes unsatisfactory feeling with the purchase.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th November, 2012

2007 Volkswagen Passat Sport 2.0 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


An example of how VW have gone downhill


New gearbox required, injectors failed, CV joint failed, dodgy electronic handbrake.

Driver seat collapsing (and I'm a lightweight!)

General Comments:

Wow, VW really don't want your return custom. Poorly built rubbish and ropey dealers. Premium pricing for a 3rd rate product.

Really, save your money and go for Ford/Vauxhall/FIAT; anything else other than this excuse for a car!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th May, 2011

22nd Mar 2017, 22:14

Seems to be a common theme on here for post 2005 Passats. Negative reliability ratings.

Shame really, this is generally a good car to drive/ride in. Just wish the more modern Passats could match the older ones' reliability. Personally I had Passats through the 1990s, all models, petrols and diesels, up till about 2004 models, and everything was fine, wear and tear aside. Wouldn't touch the newer ones.

The electronic handbrake that you mentioned you have problems with is a joke on all modern cars. Not only do you get more problems with it, it is very unintuitive to use and I can never get used to it. This is a trend I don't like across all modern cars. Give us a handbrake lever! It worked! If it ain't broke, don't fix it.