2008 Volkswagen Passat SE 2.0 TDi from UK and Ireland
Decent car, but should have been better
Intermittent DPF light.
Electronic rear brake motors/calipers replaced (see review).
Normal wear + tear, brakes, suspension, oil and belt changes, etc.
A very nice car to drive and in be in, my Passat SE with optional black leather is very nice. Silver exterior, which is a nice but very common colour, I think in the UK 80% of cars must be silver!
Alloy wheels look great, and are very easy to keep clean. Also has the small boot spoiler, was on the car when I bought it, not sure if it was from factory like that. Either way I'm very happy with this generation of Passat's sleek looks.
Interior as mentioned with leather is very comfortable pace to be. Electric everything as expected for an SE model. I could moan about the electronic parking brake as many other reviews have mentioned. It's not bad, but I just do not see the point in it, and as mentioned in above faults, the motors required are expensive to replace when they fail, a lever with old cables would be much better!
2.0 TDi is fast and you will get 50 MPG if you take it slow. Handling is sharp and I have no complaints about driving this car.
Overall it is a decent modern car that I got for a nice price and has served me well, the odd expensive repair aside (that you would have with any car). It is passing MOT inspections easily enough, however my biggest concern is the cosmetic rust - very disappointing to see on post year 2000 Passat's as I have owned every generation of Passat and even the 1980s and early 1990s ones stood up better to rust than this car is. I would still recommend this car, but inspect carefully for rust, this generation is over 10 years old now.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 12th October, 2020