2005 Volkswagen Passat
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So far, so good!

by from Pennsylvania on August 31, 2011

Six years and 180,000 miles with out a problem. Granted the vast majority of miles are highway. Overall mpg is 37.5 and taking a trip 40 mpg+ is common. I continually run VW recommended diesel fuel ad...
Six years and 180,000 miles with out a problem. Granted the vast majority of miles are highway. Overall mpg is 37.5 and taking a trip 40 mpg+ is common. I continually run VW recommended diesel fuel additive and oil changes 5k - 7k. I don't care for the vinyl seat, cloth would be a much better ride. My goal is for 10 years and 275K if no major repair are required. It's not a performance engine for drag racing but I don't need a speeding ticket either.
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Purchased a new car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car!!

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Wish it Had Held Together

by from Northern Illionis on March 18, 2013

We bought this car new and traded in a perfect Audi Allroad. What a mistake ! The car has been serviced by the dealer as finding a local repair shop to work on it is impossible. We have been very care...
We bought this car new and traded in a perfect Audi Allroad. What a mistake ! The car has been serviced by the dealer as finding a local repair shop to work on it is impossible. We have been very careful to do all the right maintenance at the right interval as we wanted to keep it for a long time. The chain for the oil pump broke and left my daughter standed in the wintertime along the side of the road. Had it towed to the dealer who was so happy. They offered to do a new short block for $ 10K ! I had the pump replaced and they warned about a little whine in the turbo. Maybe it got starved for oil when the pump went out. In about 200 miles it went. A total of about $ 7500. for that little episode. Last month the transmission went out for another $ 4900.00 !! We have so much money wrapped up in this car it's hard to get rid of it. We have a 12K mile warranty on the trans and I promise a used Toyota Corolla will replace it . We do love the German feel when driving it but what a piece of junk when it come to repairs.
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Uses car for Just getting around

Does not recommend this car

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Not a reliable car

by from on November 19, 2008

Reliablity isn't it's strong point. Back to the Dealer more times than I can think to list. Over priced and not to fast off the line. If you think that your money isn't worth much then buy this car...
Reliablity isn't it's strong point. Back to the Dealer more times than I can think to list. Over priced and not to fast off the line. If you think that your money isn't worth much then buy this car.
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Purchased a used car

Does not recommend this car

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TDI

by from Williamsport, PA on January 2, 2012

Has the old diesel engine without the re-uptake of exhaust, decided on that instead of the new diesel. Gets about 40 MPG. Nice and sturdy.
Has the old diesel engine without the re-uptake of exhaust, decided on that instead of the new diesel. Gets about 40 MPG. Nice and sturdy.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

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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Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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Think before you review

by from Suwanee on March 14, 2013

I have owned this car since it what new , I see a few bad reviews on this car that complain of repairs , first of all most any car ( especially a diesel) if properly kept , not driven crazy and has on...
I have owned this car since it what new , I see a few bad reviews on this car that complain of repairs , first of all most any car ( especially a diesel) if properly kept , not driven crazy and has on time service ( by a true diesel mechanic!!!) will go very very far without many major issues , this car has the feel of a mercedes c class with the efficiency of a Prius and great durability so you it out does almost every ford , Audi , Acura , Chevy sedan ect , here are my reccomendation if you buy used by from someone who knows diesels and knows how to drive them , and once you do have it don't gun it to the floor everytime you start driving that's a good way to destroy the turbo , that being said I like the comfort a lot , it shocked me how much better it rode than a Jetta , plenty of room and lastly before you complain about repairs bills think about how much this car saved you at the gas pump , this is by no means a lemon or bad car I do reccomend it over most every car on the market today
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Does recommend this car!!

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Solid performer

by from MA on June 29, 2008

We purchased a new 05 passat wagon 1.8 Turbo manual which now has 45k on it. Great ride and handling. Very comfotable and roomy for 5 and dog, especially in the rear seating and luggage area. Gas mile...
We purchased a new 05 passat wagon 1.8 Turbo manual which now has 45k on it. Great ride and handling. Very comfotable and roomy for 5 and dog, especially in the rear seating and luggage area. Gas mileage averages about 26 mpgs. Have had 3 engine light minor issues all covered. Dealer has been great.
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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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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car!!

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Look somewhere else

by from Midwest on November 8, 2011

Bought my Passat TDI wagon new in 2005 and have put 200K+ on it. In short, I bought it to keep it. Love the ride and radio, things mostly end there. It has cost me thousands to keep this car on the ro...
Bought my Passat TDI wagon new in 2005 and have put 200K+ on it. In short, I bought it to keep it. Love the ride and radio, things mostly end there. It has cost me thousands to keep this car on the road. Lots of well documented issues with this engine and the car. Before you buy one of these check out some of the forums related to it and save yourself some major headaches.
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Purchased a new car

Uses car for Work

Does not recommend this car

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Love hate

by 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...
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 your lap. Surprise, all the rubber components fail early. Surprise, the speakers stop working, they don't blow, they just stop. It does get 44 mpg with 134 hp and 247 torque and if you chip it you get 160 horse and 300 torque and you keep the great mileage. It's comfortable with great seats and selectable heat levels, 6 air bags, traction/stability control and smooth if the transmission fluid is good and the suspension if fresh. You can't check the tranny fluid though and to change it costs $130 if you are brave enough to heat it up and change it yourself.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does not recommend this car

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