Based on Volkswagen Passat 2.0L TDI SE
The redesigned 2012 Passat reflects Volkswagen's bigger and bolder styling direction, which consumers may also recognize in the new Jetta. They look similar, but the Passat is larger than the Jetta and has a larger footprint than the previous Passat. It competes with midsize sedans like the... Read Full Report
The 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI is a midsize sedan that's filled with the extras a family will appreciate, including its turbocharged diesel engine, high fuel-economy numbers, lower starting price and plenty of backseat legroom for child-safety seats or gangly teens. This car could fit a family — no matter the age of the kids. It fits rear-facing infant-safety and convertible seats ... Read full review for the 2012 Volkswagen Passat
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I just purchased a 2012 Passat with the appearance package. The car has to be the best overall value in the mid size market. I think the exterior and interior styling and quality is on par or surpasse... Read Full Review
What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.
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.
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).
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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