24th May 2007, 05:52

You guys in the USA got such a bad deal with Volkswagen's. Most, if not all Volkswagen's outside the USA, are built in Germany, and have a good reputation for reliability. All the negative comments towards Volkswagen always come from the USA on this site. And that's because the USA Volkswagens are built in Brazil, with shortfalls in quality control I think...still, Volkswagen must make a profit hiring cheap labour to build their cars so what do they care?

12th Jun 2007, 13:03

I have a 2007 Volkswagen Passat 2.0T bought in America made in Germany. Almost 12,000 miles I've not yet had a problem. I like this car better than the one replaced, 2002 Acura TL. Had issues with the Acura in the first month! Engine light and it actually left me on the side of the road after the dealer "fixed" the engine light... Just down hill from there.

The '07 Passat, looks great rides/drives nice, has plenty of power and alot of clever freatures. The only downside I see is the same with most European cars, over engineered! Sorry you had such bad luck with yours and sorry your driving a Corolla!

2nd Jul 2007, 08:57

Your gripes are trivial. These are good cars. I find it hard to believe you even own this car.

20th Sep 2007, 09:13

Yeah I got a passat not too long ago. I was bored one day and opened the rear seats to reach the trunk release just to see how it worked, and it popped right open no problem. but at least once a week my key gets stuck in the ignition. I found out to get it unstuck, start the car, shift into a gear, then go back to park and the key comes right out. it's an awesome car and has a lot of pick up for a 4 cyl. very pleased with the performance in the snow too.

3rd Feb 2008, 23:46

About the key getting stuck in the ignition:

I have a 2006 2.0T Passat and it gets stuck quite often, but with my Passat, I figured out very fast that all you have to do is push the shifter up a little bit, into park, and sometimes you wiill hear a tiny click. Because of safety, the car will not let you pull out the key unless it is 100% in park. works everytime with me. I got nervous the first time it did that until I figured it out.

Also, anybody having problems with their automatic transmission shifting hard from 1st into 2nd? (kind of a knocking) the rest of my gears shift perfectly, except 1st to 2nd. any advice/suggestions?

21st Feb 2008, 15:15

I don't own one, but I know someone who does and I've had to ride in it many times. I've always liked VW, but this car is just too plastic. Horrible rough ride (the owner says this is because he has the "sport suspension"). I think it's just because it's an overpriced piece of plastic.

2nd Mar 2008, 18:49

To the person who said sorry if you drive a Corolla! I had a Passat made in Germany and got rid of it because of many problems, for a used older Corolla that was better than any Passat or VW you will ever have.

Sorry for your luck.

7th Mar 2008, 01:02

I have a 2006 Passat. It has been in the shop for 42 days total since we got it... not all at once. I have over 26 pages of repair documentations for over 10 things that have gone wrong with it... the least of which was the AC blowing out @ 1 year and the best of which was total brake failure @ 6 months... by far the worst and most unreliable car on the market...I'm letting everyone know.

5th Jul 2008, 17:54

If your key gets stuck in the ignition, just push it back in, but don't start the car, push it in until the lights come on. Then, with the shifter already in park, just push it up, and you will hear a click sound. Then you can take it out.

18th Aug 2008, 14:31

To the individual who paid $63,000 for a Passat - there is no way you paid that much for a Passat - the most expensive Passat here in the States is about $40,000.. I find it hard to believe that there is a Passat out there for $63,000, unless it's a W8 or something.

12th Feb 2009, 11:21

I have a Passat 1.8 TDI 1998, but the key of my car doesn't open or close car doors, can anybody tell me about this, do I have to wait any second or what do I have to do to make it work?

Thank you.

15th Mar 2009, 03:04

2003 German made Passat V5 SE.

Maybe doesn't open doors? Check the battery or try the spare key.

You need to be more specific, open remote? Or by key hole?

Also the car has a sporty ride and it's not rough, it is responsive probably cause you're not used to sportier cars and or your friend is a poor driver.

Cheap plastic car? Well all Toyota's have wind noise when they get above 80Km/H. Open them up and see what's inside, you will find that:

VW has more insulation

VW interior is nicer looking as it hides clips and screws,

VW uses better audio

VW when applicable has better quality leather

VW brakes are larger and more responsive

The engine bay is more cleaned up and neat with covers.

And overall you can see short cuts of the Corolla's manufacture and engineering.

Plastic junk? Are Audi A4's junk?, cause they use the same chassis and many other parts. Look at the suspension all are printed with 4 loops.

As with all cars "quality control" will always allow some "lemons" onto the road, but that is with every other car manufacturer and you should not judge the Passat based on only some of the cars.

The key gets stuck? That just means good engineering, it is a safety feature, if you cannot figure out how to get it unstuck you should not be driving a car.

And for that American. do your research on "highlines" they are top of the range. VW sees no market in USA so they only have a limited range available there. Reason cause most Americans want big SUVs with poor handling and basic engineering not cars that are designed to be run on narrower roads, higher speeds on autobarn and on more difficult conditions.

1st May 2009, 17:53


All we Americans want are SUVs, get real! VW's don't hold up over here, they're outrageously expensive to repair and the dealers are nothing short of extortionists.

I've owned many VW's from a 1966 bug through to a 1978 Rabbit Diesel. Each VW I owned rusted to pieces in a few short years and were always breaking down due to boundless mechanical and electrical defects. I bought VW's because of the fuel economy but in hindsight, I would have been better off buying American V8 SUVs. I switched to Japanese in 1982, a much better choice.

I hear the newer VW's are just as bad. Most of them are made in Mexico or South America. So much for taking care of the folks in Germany.

17th Jul 2009, 22:08

I am from Canada and own a VW Passat Wagon purchased in 2007. It has been a headache ever since. I have spent more time at the dealership since I bought it than I ever had for my still functioning 12 year old Honda Civic. The list of problems include: recurrent malfunction of headlights; malfunctioning keys; steering column dysfunction; ignition problems: car difficult to start; power windows often malfunction leaving me unable to close the windows; difficulty disengaging the parking break; terrible wiper blades requiring frequent replacement (I now carry an extra set in the trunk). Now it is being evaluated for a possible problem with oil usage. I'm sure there are others that I have forgotten. I am afraid of this car and the manufacturer has refused to take it back. The car sits in a garage when not in use, has 55000km and is gently used. Buying this car was a huge mistake. This is my first and last Volkswagen.

17th Oct 2011, 17:46

I am a new owner of a 2007 Passat, in fact it's the wife's car!!! Pulled the emergency handle on the trunk accidentally, and it would not close. By reading your instructions it worked.

Thanks. She would have killed me HA HA.


13th Jan 2013, 18:20

About the trunk of the Passat.

I have the same problem as DJ. I pulled (insane curiosity) the handle inside the trunk. Was not able to close the trunk after that...

Please help a poor curious woman before I transform my trunk into a fire place :-)

5th Dec 2013, 23:10

"The key gets stuck? That just means good engineering, it is a safety feature, if you cannot figure out how to get it unstuck you should not be driving a car."

What exactly are you talking about? It's a problem with the transmission lever that doesn't seat properly in the 'P' position. Stop defending a product emotionally.