Planned to downsize from 99 Accord Ex & 02 Civic Si to 1 car in future, but VW pricing & incentives too good to pass up. My foreign car mechanic, who always said buy Honda or Toyota, vouched for the newer TDI engine and Passats. He's not seeing problems in his shop. Wagon choices are few, and this one meets our needs. (This is not a "sport wagon.") Very happy with fit & finish, plus there are plenty of diesel stations nearby. Have to get used to startup; seems too slow, but more pressure on accelerator is too quick. Have to get used to this along with engine hum, not growl, and low rpms on tach. Letting 5 speed auto do its thing.
Like the size, solid feel, "gas" mileage and relatively quiet engine, plus fact that car came with everything. Only choices were color, wheels and leather etc. Chose 17" wheels.
Few, make that no, storage for CDs. Could do without the lighter & 2 ashtrays. Hard to see clock where it is. Tailgate operation is annoying. Unless I've got it wrong, you have to push the release button in car or on key to be able to operate the latch even with doors unlocked.
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