2005 Volkswagen Passat
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This VW is roomy, lots of power and fun to drive

by from tehachapi,ca on August 31, 2017

The 2.0 L turbo diesel is the best ! it has power, 38-48 mpg and being maintained will last ( not uncommon 400,00 miles ). Lots of room inside the car and handles like a sports car. This was going to...
The 2.0 L turbo diesel is the best ! it has power, 38-48 mpg and being maintained will last ( not uncommon 400,00 miles ). Lots of room inside the car and handles like a sports car. This was going to be a gift for ( my wife ) but did not work out, and I'm a truck guy so It's garaged until sold.
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Does recommend this car!!

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Rides like a champ

by from Kalamazoo Michigan on August 25, 2017

This is a good wagon that drives like a car. Love the leather interior and the front seats being heated! Following Volkswagen's maintenance and service schedule can drain your pocket book, but will ke...
This is a good wagon that drives like a car. Love the leather interior and the front seats being heated! Following Volkswagen's maintenance and service schedule can drain your pocket book, but will keep this car running for a long time.
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Uses car for Transportingfamily

Does recommend this car!!

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Power, safety, well-built, long lasting

by from Portland, oregon on August 19, 2017

You have to watch it on the freeway, somehow it goes faster than you feel it going! Such effortless power. Diesels also last so much longer. ONly flaw is that dratted torque converter likes to go o...
You have to watch it on the freeway, somehow it goes faster than you feel it going! Such effortless power. Diesels also last so much longer. ONly flaw is that dratted torque converter likes to go out.
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Does recommend this car!!

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Great family car

by from Avon, Co on August 1, 2017

This is such an awesome car that is perfect for a family. It has a huge trunk that fits a lot. It looks great inside and out. Very spasious car. Drives perfectly and has a great price.
This is such an awesome car that is perfect for a family. It has a huge trunk that fits a lot. It looks great inside and out. Very spasious car. Drives perfectly and has a great price.
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Does recommend this car!!

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good reliable car

by from on June 17, 2017

I had the 1.8t with a manual transmission and i loved to drive it. It had great power and handling all around.
I had the 1.8t with a manual transmission and i loved to drive it. It had great power and handling all around.
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Extremely reliable & functional.

by from Charleston, SC on May 20, 2017

Comfortable and durable. Impressed with the interior comfort and the low cost of maintenance. Great family vehicle.
Comfortable and durable. Impressed with the interior comfort and the low cost of maintenance. Great family vehicle.
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The only car I loved it made me feel special

by from London, KY on April 26, 2017

I've had nice cars but when I drove my Passat for the first time it was sold right away. It just makes me feel good about my self. I feel special. It handles so well. And with it being 4 wheel drive I...
I've had nice cars but when I drove my Passat for the first time it was sold right away. It just makes me feel good about my self. I feel special. It handles so well. And with it being 4 wheel drive I can make it to work when it snows. It's a complete luxury car. It is top of its line and has won car of the year in 2005 and in 2012 as well. 190 horse power at 6,000 rpm!
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Does recommend this car!!

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Just what I wanted

by from Connecticut on May 27, 2016

My VW is a dream. It has great get-up-and-go, gets pretty good mileage (25-29) all round, and is comfortable for my big frame and long legs. It's just as much fun to drive as my Audi!
My VW is a dream. It has great get-up-and-go, gets pretty good mileage (25-29) all round, and is comfortable for my big frame and long legs. It's just as much fun to drive as my Audi!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car!!

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Great Car

by from Ludington, MI on March 24, 2015

Gets about 35mpg average and 41 mpg on the highway. Has good power. I installed two more seats in the back so you can haul 7 people. Even fully loaded you still get great mileage. Has plenty of leg ro...
Gets about 35mpg average and 41 mpg on the highway. Has good power. I installed two more seats in the back so you can haul 7 people. Even fully loaded you still get great mileage. Has plenty of leg room and is very roomy inside. The car has 115,000 miles and uses no oil. I replaced the balance shaft assembly with an ALH oil pump. The balance shaft assembly is really the only weak spot in the car. Use a good 5w40 motor oil and it is a very reliable car.
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Does recommend this car!!

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Money Pit

by from Phoenix, az on October 13, 2014

Bought 2005 TDI new from dealer about 9 years ago. The car handles really well and has an upscale feel (at least for a 9 year old car). At 50k miles the dashboard cluster was replaced since the scree...
Bought 2005 TDI new from dealer about 9 years ago. The car handles really well and has an upscale feel (at least for a 9 year old car). At 50k miles the dashboard cluster was replaced since the screen fades when it gets hot. The real problems started right after 60k miles. We found out -too late- about the little plastic tensioner for the oil chain. Cost 2400 USD to replace the chain for a gear (Dealer came down on labor price a little, VW did NOT for the part, even though all European passats and other cars that use the same engine had switched). This car is sold with a 100 percent failure rate and a stalling engine on a freeway should be considered unsafe and therefore a respectable and customer caring company would issue a recall. Anyway at 100k miles the transmission was replaced. At 110k miles the driver window fell down. The wire cable that moves the window runs over 3 metal rollers with the 4th being plastic... guess which roller failed. Now at 154k miles the oil pump failed and the engine is shot. Free oil changes for life were included by dealer so this was done at the right time/interval. Outer CV boots are replace every 6 months - I do it myself now for about 100 USD. VW's are not bad cars (any brand has lemons) but they are not standing behind their product. Total cost for repairs (incl the total loss of the engine and therefore no trade value): 12000 USD.
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