Initially by spending all the money on repairs at stealership, i thought it is bad car. But once i started doing by my own with help from www.passatworld.com, not expensive. Or get information from the above website and find a trusted cheap mechanic. If you follow the simple rules like 40W full synthetic oil every 5k, change ATF at every 60K (Castrol import ATF is fine - from AZ) clean combi valve once in 2 yr, will run longer than a Toyota or Honda. Once you cross 100k, gaskets, hoses, Fuel filter and Timing belt (at 80K).
Overall reliable car, decent MPG and most importantly safe. Premium fuel is bad side and don't need to use OEM expensive parts. My car close to 100k going strong..
Strong,feels safe compared to Toyota and Honda, tight steering, decent gas mileage for heavy car like this, decently tuned turbo
Seems VW does not do quality assurance for US model. Things which can fail are 1) Ignition coils 2) Didn't told users to use Full synthetic 40 weight oil from starting to avoid sludge 3) SAI pump fails because of bad design (can put a sensor to check combi valve to avoid expensive repair). 4) No mandatory interval to change ATF (which should be at 60k). Seems new models have more issues than this one.