This is my 3rd vw passat.. I totaled my last passat (2005 GLS 1.8t) and it's remarkable safety saved my life, so I vowed to always drive a VW. This passat (the b6) is the best passat made. It was VW's...
This is my 3rd vw passat.. I totaled my last passat (2005 GLS 1.8t) and it's remarkable safety saved my life, so I vowed to always drive a VW. This passat (the b6) is the best passat made. It was VW's flagship sedan at the time, and was priced a little bit higher than other 'competitors'. this is why they now have the passat CC and the regular passat which are priced 10,000$ apart (the 12' passat is not as nice as the 06-10'. they took some standard features and put them in the CC instead to 'economize' the passat. The CC is now VW's flagship so the 06-10 passat shares more features with the new cc than the new passat). Some notable standard features on this passat that are NOT in the new passat are the cool push-button style key (the new one has the switchblade key), and the push button parking break. also, the trunk design is much nicer in this passat than the new passat (my vw's have always had exceptionally nice trunks). and exterior/interior styling is much more luxurious AND sporty in my opinion. Its the little things that make the biggest differences.
So that is why I purchased this car specifically- It is the best used vw you can buy. I also wanted the 3.6 liter, as I had a few problems with my old VW turbo and v6 engines tend to be more reliable.. Not to mention, it is a powerhouse!!! 280 HP and sport mode!! Sport mode is every driver's dream. With this cars 6-speed transmission, I'm telling you this is the fastest and most fun car I've ever driven! including dads E350!! And it hugs the road like any VW should!! excellent driving car. The traction control is exceptional as well. (but you GOTTA buy good tires. I have the 18" rims, and they dont come cheap! but they make a huge difference)
As far as reliability goes, I bought the 3.6 luxury edition flagship whatever. the fancy one. All the bells and whistles, except for nav. As with any car, these extra bells and whistles WILL EVENTUALLY GO OUT unless you want to constantly pour money into them. as an example, I have had my Tire Pressure Monitoring system disconnected, because as cars age, those sensors need replacement or they will always read 'low pressure'. Its easier to just lose it than to fix it. Also, I have had an airbag light come on and need to replace a wiring harness. that is the only issue I have had with this car. I have read many negative reviews about this car, but they are all related to sensors and stuff. This car is equipped with 3x the amount of 'sensors' as my old car was. It senses tire pressure, rain on the windshield, weight in the seats for the airbag.. it even automatically dims your rear view mirrors when cars are behind you at night. After 100,000 miles or so, you're probably going to have a small problem or two with some of these sensors! thats just life.
Overall, I bought this car because it has a reliable drivetrain, gets decent gas mileage, driving it is better than going to disney, and I love VW. If you are looking for those things, this is the car for you.
I do HATE the iPod interface system. Its lame