2010 Volkswagen Passat CC 2.0 turbo from North America
Great car if you know how to maintain it!
This is a great well built car, but you have to know how to take care of it.
First of all, this is not a Toyota, so use the premium gas!
Also it is a turbo engine, so expect some oil consumption (don't expect to drive it for 10k miles and not refill any oil).
When it comes to oil, use only the ones that meet the Audi/VW norms, and the most important, don't use some cheap FRAM or other AutoZone filter. We are used to buying those cheap synthetics and cheap fancy looking filters. A VW dealer charges only $65 for an oil change, or do it yourself - it is easy.
This car is a Comfort Coupe; that means stiffer suspension, stiff and sporty seats that are not for everyone (especially in the US), and there are no frames around windows, which means more noise and some rattling is possible.
The car is very economical and powerful, but you have to stick to all maintenance requirements and let it run for a minute or two before you put it in drive, and let it idle for another minute after you use it hard; these are the basics of turbo charged engines.
Some of the reviews here are just ridiculous; do your homework before you buy any of the Europeans cars - they are not Toyotas, Subarus or Hyundais.
Update at 47k miles, and still no problems. Transmission fluid changed at 40k miles (as required) at a dealership ($360).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th June, 2013
30th Jun 2013, 14:39
So in VW fan world; a great car is one that guzzles oil, requires premium gas, $65 oil changes, needs to warm up as if it's a 60's carbureted car, needs to relax before shutting it off, and has a harsh noisy ride.
If this is a great car, then a Chevy, Ford, or Toyota must be considered magnificent cars, since they don't need any of this silly caretaking.
13th Jul 2013, 05:44
Have you ever had a turbo engine? These are the rules for all turbos, and even a BMW M3 consumes oil. $65 oil changes every 10k miles. How is that compared to your Toyota $35 every 3k miles oil change? And yes, German cars require Premium in most engines. Remember, there are always non turbo engines available.
28th Aug 2013, 16:28
The difference between VW (lower budget German car) or any Toyota, Chevy or Ford is very visible in Europe. The smaller Chevys are developed in Korea by Daewoo and a few Fords are developed in Germany. They do get better, but guess what? There's not a chance to drive a Malibu or Taurus safely anywhere in Europe at 120-150 mph (except straight without any turns). So real American cars are still based on modified technology from 50's and 60's. Don't believe me? Look at a Corvette's suspension and 5.7L engine. Any car will go straight at 70 mph, and that's all you need in the US, but some people enjoy driving on curvy back roads.