2008 Volkswagen Passat R36 V6 Naturally Aspirated from Australia and New Zealand
Love the power and sound!
DSG Mechatronic unit.
I wanted a performance sedan that was exciting to drive, could fit the kids, didn't look too lairy, and would not be too expensive to maintain.
I was considering a BMW E39 M5, Audi S4 or the VW R36. Although the R36 is the least powerful and slowest of the three, 300hp and 0-100km in 5.6 seconds is still respectable. I went for the R36 as I use the car for work, and drive it everyday.
I love driving the car, the raw power, acceleration and the exhaust note, wunderbar!
My only criticism is the ride is very firm, and you feel the bumps on rough roads.
When I first bought the car, I Was not happy with the way the DSG gearbox worked when the car was stationary with foot on the brake and then accelerated away. I took it to the dealer, and they tried reprogramming the mechatronic unit, which did not work. They replaced it 2 weeks later; lucky it was covered by new car warranty. The dealer was quite good to deal with.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th August, 2010
25th Jan 2012, 14:33
I was reading the other Passat comments, many saying poor quality; I can't believe it. My car has been faultless since the DSG was fixed, I am more inclined to say very good quality.
19th Sep 2013, 07:48
The R36 is still going exceptionally well, no problems. Had to replace the discs all around; quite costly.