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2008 Volkswagen Passat
2008 Volkswagen Passat
Available Price Range $3,806-$9,794 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 20-24 SeatsN/A

Our Take on the 2008 Volkswagen Passat

Our Take

Redesigned for 2006, the Passat is Volkswagen's midsize car and is available in both sedan and wagon body styles. Front- and all-wheel-drive models are offered. Competitors include the Honda Accord and Nissan Altima. For 2008, the Passat's trim levels have been overhauled; it's now... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Throttle lag with automatic transmission
  • Torque steer in FWD V-6 models
  • Rough V-6 idle
  • Price of entry compared to competition

Notable Features

  • Turbo four-cylinder or V-6
  • Side-impact and side curtain airbags
  • Optional adaptive headlights
  • Standard power liftgate (wagon)


Our Expert Reviews

When the 2008 Volkswagen Passat rolled into my driveway, I had no idea how exciting our time together would be. I knew VW has upheld an uber-cool image for many years, and I remembered that the Cabrio was my dream car when I was 16. I also knew that in the last 10 years, VW has had some reliability issues, so I had my doubts about the 2008 Passat. While reliability is hard to test in seven days... Read full review for the 2008 Volkswagen Passat

Consumer Reviews


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by Loves my V-Dub from El Paso, TX on August 9, 2010

Let me start off by saying that in 1999 I bought a VW Jetta and it all but fell apart on me (kept it 2 years)... so you can understand why I became skeptical when my husband pointed out the Passat at ... Read Full Review


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Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 2 recalls for this car.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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