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2005 Volkswagen Passat
2005 Volkswagen Passat
Available Price Range $1,986-$7,758 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 22-32 SeatsN/A

Our Take on the 2005 Volkswagen Passat

Our Take

Volkswagen's midsize sedan and wagon went on sale as freshened 2001.5 models. A TDI turbo-diesel engine became available during the 2004 model year.For 2005, Volkswagen has dropped the costly Passat W8 model. Leatherette seating surfaces replace cloth in the GL and GLS models, and the GLS ge... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Engine noise with turbocharged four-cylinder
  • Seat-adjustment controls
  • Diesel-engine performance

Notable Features

  • Choice of three engines
  • Available diesel engine
  • Available 4Motion AWD
  • Sedan and wagon body styles
  • Available stability control


Consumer Reviews


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by VDumb from Jacksonville, FL on August 26, 2012

2005 Passat TDI is a great car if you like Check Engine Lights. There is always something wrong and it's full of surprises. Surprise, the Homelink garaged door opener falls out of the sun visor onto y... Read Full Review


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