I agree with the original reviewer. This car suffers badly from turbo lag, but that is minimal problem compared to the other things that had gone wrong on my 2007 Passat. I'm trading it in when the warranty expires.
Any BMW, Saab or Japanese car is far better than this lemon.
The current 1.9/2.0 litre PD diesel engines don't suffer turbo lag. Flatspots and hesitation around 2000 rpm are typically caused by dirty injectors of more commonly by a defective MAF (Mass AirFlow sensor)
I don't know what is this, but I can't believe you are talking about bad engines; this engine is very efficient.
Americans even today have their slow and weak power cars, considering the volume size of the engine.
I have one question?
I bought a 2008 Passat 2.0 TDI PD 6 speed manual...
My manual stick makes a noise when shifting... a clicking noise, dealership dosent know what it is. Can someone tell me if they have the same problem.
Overall a great car, I give it a 9.5 out of 10.
I have no problem with trubo lag, it actually has incredible pickup. Turbo works great.
My 2004 Passat 2.0 TDI has 27,000 miles and only a few issues with brake light and heated seat recall and EGR valve malfunction that caused excessive black smoke. Dealer took care of all items. The ride and comfort are great and fit and finish are excellent. Had a 2000 Passat 4 cylinder gasser and it was a lot more trouble with CEL coming on due to emissions. Also has a 2001 Golf diesel that was great on mileage, 50+ highway. I have driven VWs since 1956 and was a VW mechanic for several years and I personally can say the engines and transmissions are far from perfect. Given TLC they will last a long time.
I have a 2003 Saab 9-3 Turbo, I must say that turbo-lag is virtually non-existent.
I have not driven the 2.0 liter Passat, however I did test drive a 1.8 turbo a few years back, and the turbo lag was so bad, I went with a VR6 VW instead.
I liked the VW very much, but absolutely love my Saab.
I'm not sorry that after 10 VW's, I switched to a Saab 9-3.
I also have the hard down-shifting problem. It makes me not want to drive the car in tiptronic mode. If you time it right, you can down-shift just fine until you down-shift from 2nd to 1st gear. When its in automatic, the car will shift to 1st gear with the car rolling, however if you manually shift at that speed, you will get a big knock. I don't know why it does this.
The 2.0T is an EXCEPTIONAL engine. Tell me how many other engines are this powerful, with 200 horsepower, while achieving 34 mpg city? Also very quiet.