2007 Volkswagen Passat 2.0 turbo from North America


VW isn't what it used to be...pity


Camshaft had to be replaced.

Fuel pump had to be replaced.

Faulty battery.

Already rusting.

Suspension creaks.

Driver side heated seat "half" works (only bottom gets heated up).

General Comments:

This was a replacement for a previously stolen 2000 Passat 1.8T. That car was spectacular, so we decided on buying a newer Passat with a 2.0T engine. Within the first week of owning it, it was already in the dealer twice for the fuel pump and camshaft to both be replaced. Because the car had only 100.000 km on it, it got me seriously worried about the problems I may encounter with this vehicle. When I drive it, the suspension constantly creaks and groans, and I feel as if it may need to be replaced within a couple years. I also found rust underneath the hood, which completely baffled me.

On the inside, the car is nice. It rides well, even if the seats aren't terribly comfortable. It has great quality of materials, and a good sound system as well. The trip computer and heated seats come in handy too. The speed sensitive steering, push button start, and tiptronic are nice features to have, that you may not find in all models of Camrys and Accords.

I don't know how bad the previous owner treated this car, but I sure hope it won't give me any more major problems over the course of time which I'll own it.

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

Review Date: 31st October, 2010

5th Apr 2013, 05:42

I have a nasty suspicion the previous owner may have taken it through salt water or sand, which may account for the unusual rust and squeaky underside. Or it was used in winter on salted roads.

2007 Volkswagen Passat TDi 2.0 turbo diesel from Australia and New Zealand


Good looking, competant all rounder


Parking brake switch found to be faulty & replaced.

General Comments:

The 125kw diesel pulls very nicely. People are always surprised at how quickly it can shuffle along.

The leather seats aren't that great. They lack bolstering at the sides, and you tend to slide around on your butt when cornering.

The ride quality is a little too firm, although I do have the 18" wheels fitted. It was frustrating that NO dealers could provide a car fitted with the sports suspension and 18" wheels for a test drive. I ordered the 18" wheels without the sports suspension, fearing it may be too harsh. Also, the car I bought was sitting at a dealer with 17" alloys at the time of purchase. I paid an extra $3000 for the 18" alloys. Is it unreasonable that I should expect the 17" wheels originally on the car to be mine as well considering I BOUGHT THE CAR? It simply does not make sense! It makes me furious that I paid $3000 and the original set of wheels would have been sold by VW to another customer!

The Passat seems to do everything well without ever really being an involving drive. My old Peugeot 306, despite its shocking build quality and gutless performance, still managed to deliver more satisfaction in any type of driving.

The entire dash has been removed by the dealer to address a couple of clicking rattles at the base of the A pillars. They managed to fix them, but introduced a far more annoying rattle as a result of something obviously damaged or not put back together in the process. The car is going back to the dealer and hopefully this can be sorted. Please be aware that VW Australia is very stubborn when it comes to fixing rattles. They will only consider covering such work under warranty when the car is less than a year old. That said, the rest of the cabin is very solid and there are no other rattles at all. I must have fluked a good one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th January, 2010