2008 Volkswagen Passat SE 2.0 TDi from UK and Ireland


Decent car, but should have been better


Cosmetic rust.

Oil leak.

Injectors (expensive!).

Intermittent DPF light.

Electronic rear brake motors/calipers replaced (see review).

Normal wear + tear, brakes, suspension, oil and belt changes, etc.

General Comments:

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

2008 Volkswagen Passat Highline 2.0 TDI turbo diesel from South Africa


Use to love VW, but not any more


Turbo needed to be replaced at 160 000 km as it started to make a whining sound and at around a speed of 100 Km/hr the car went into limp mode.

The intercooler got flooded with oil and it took a few days for the workshop to get it cleaned, including the replacement of the turbo.

The fuel pump started making a noticeable sound at around 161 000 km and the car could no longer start as it completely failed.

The air conditioning does not cool that well (since the time of purchase), but the workshop says all is in order.

General Comments:


Excellent for both front and rear passengers

Heated leather seats (front).

Dual climate control.

Sun roof.

6x disc CD changer.

Rear window blind.

Power steering.

Auto lights and widescreen wipers.

Fuel consumption is very good with a range of approximately 1000 km on a full tank of diesel.

Good safety features: 8 airbags, ESP, ABS, fog lights, x2 isofix points rear seats, full size spare wheel, auto locking doors.

Cargo space is very generous.

Manual gearbox is best.

The car has good torque and cruises comfortably up hills in 6th gear.

Maintenance or repair is very costly.

With age it appears that reliability issues are more frequent.

In general the vehicle is a bargain to purchase and the entire package is often overlooked by many car buyers. Perhaps the car is good from new up till 6 years of age, after which problems will start to appear.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th November, 2016

13th Nov 2016, 21:45

"With age it appears that reliability issues are more frequent."

You could say that about any car.

Other than that, fair review, I agree with you on the most part, VW were good back in the day, maybe not so good now, but 6 years plus old is when most cars start to have some wear and tear.

6th Dec 2016, 23:42

I agree, most cars these days just don't seem to last that long. As soon as the motor-plan/guarantee is over, all sort of niggles appear.

23rd Apr 2017, 08:54

It has been around 1700 km since I replaced the turbo at the VW workshop and the turbo has blown again. I dislike VW big time. Not again VW and especially turbo diesel. Now got to get it fixed again and get rid of this car.