Torque is the name of the game and it gets very addictive! Our 2005 Volkswagen Passat GLS TDI is our first diesel vehicle, and certainly not the last. We've owned three other Passats, including the 1.8T (manual and tip) and W8 versions, I can say the TDI / tiptronic combination is by far the best and happiest marriage of fuel economy and power in this vehicle. But the EPA rating of 27/38 is a little misleading. We've never gotten less than 30 mpg average in town, however, we've yet to get more than 37 mpg in 100% highway driving. 32-34 mpg mixed is average, partly because this baby hums along so quietly at 80 mph / 2,350 rpm! 65 mph yields best mpgs. I have had zero issues / problems at 10K miles! TDI is gone after 2005; get one now if you can find it!
17" wheels, wood and leather look great! These last 2005 cars had great build quality and lots of formerly optional features for less money! This version of the car was a "discount" Audi A4.
In hot climates you'll definitely need to tint the windows for maximum A/C effectiveness (especially in the wagon!) Other issues have probably been addressed by the new (B6) model, but it is still a "gussied up" Jetta, NOT an Audi.