Complete piece of junk
I will NEVER buy another Volkswagen vehicle in my life! This car has been nothing but trouble from the beginning and I can't depend on it.
This car can constantly handle being driven hard
If you need a car that you can drive all day long and pass by gas stations the Passat is the answer. If you want style and not to worry about performance this is the car for you.
Unreliable and EXPENSIVE Repairs
I bought a used 2009 Passat at 4 years 65K, ALL Maintenance Records. 1 week later, CEL. Clogged PVC replaced $400 at dealer (3 month, 3000mile warranty not covered. 7K later overheated, on side of road, needed water pump. $1200 at non-VW specialty shop. VW dealer $1800. about 6 months later water pump failed. Shop replaced and told me they used silicone sealant around top of pump. Showed me tech blogs that part was defective but no VW recall. Also showed tech blog, TSB's about timing chain tensioners breaking, walnut carbon cleaning needed so I could make decision to save up or get rid of it. During that year, Valve cover oil leak, $1400 at Dealer (Speciality shop too booked). LAST STRAW was fuel pump running with ignition turned off. I first thought it was turbo fan as tired and late at night. Next morning, battery dead. Called AAA, He jumped battery started car, turned off and said sound coming from back. Happened in a car he had, fuel pump. I disconnected battery at night so it would start in AM. Called Dealer as recall came out that week, BUT NO FIX. Insisted they give a loaner until fix or think of something. They gave a loaner while in shop about 1 week. Tech bypassed circuit wiring for temporary fix. Seemed to work, but obviously not reliable. Traded in. This year 2020, received notice part of Class Action against VWA, faulty Water Pumps. I bought because of GOOD reviews. I might as well bought a BMW. NOW have KIA Sportage, transmission stuck in gear. KIA fixed under warranty, which is great as when it happened again, they replaced transmission. AND when it happened again, KIA is buying back...Next looking at Acura RDX or Telluride.