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25,000 miles so far, so good
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By Scott Johnson
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2012 Volkswagen Passat Sedan SE 4dr Sedan w/Sunroof (2.5L 5cyl 6A)


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Just today turned over to 25,000. We have really enjoyed this vehicle. Sluggish accelerator that does take some time to get accustomed to but plenty of pep if you hit it. No issues with the creature comforts so far and everyone comments on the amount of interior space for a small vehicle. Only issue has been a burned out rear tail light; easy enough to replace myself. At 25k miles the Hankook tires are holding up well.


Favorite Features

Bluetooth


Suggested Improvements

acceleration could be improved.


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Fun to drive mid-sized sedan
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By scj2
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2012 Volkswagen Passat Sedan V6 SE 4dr Sedan w/Sunroof, Nav (3.6L 6cyl 6AM)


Review

I've owned the 2012 SE Passat V6 for over 1 month and have enjoyed it. Purchased as a CPO vehicle, it has great acceleration and a smooth ride. Plenty of leg room in the front and back seats. Car rides well, has excellent power for passing and navigation works well.


Favorite Features

Sunroof, navigation, passing power, sound system sounds good. Huge trunk. Car rides smoothily.


Suggested Improvements

panic key on side of fob - can trigger when turning car off or on. Comes equipped with Hankook tires, which are noisy compared with similar rated Michelins, Dunlops, or Continental tires. Must have fob to lock car door - can lock keys in car but can't easily lock the door when exiting the car.


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Reliability Issues
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By as0723
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2012 Volkswagen Passat Sedan S 4dr Sedan w/Appearance (2.5L 5cyl 6A)


Review

Purchased new and in the past 3 years have had a wheel bearing replaced, suspension makes creaking noises, and the vehicle starts very rough and has even not started several times when cold. The last two items listed (suspension and starting issues) have been dismissed by the dealership service and VW as normal. Even when it wouldn't start and I had to have it towed to the dealership, they eventually got it to start, said they couldn't find anything wrong, nothing they can do and even that the vehicle is operating normally. Normal for it to not start? That's not normal to me for a new vehicle, and not what I want out of a new car, I expect it to start every time and provide reliable service.


Favorite Features

Size and style, it's a nice looking car.


Suggested Improvements

Reliability, this thing is junk.


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In for the long haul
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By gopadge
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2012 Volkswagen Passat Sedan SE 4dr Sedan w/Sunroof, Nav (2.5L 5cyl 6A)


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I moved to a 2012 VW Passat SE w/ Sunroof and Navigation from a 1997 VW Jetta GLS. I've been driving the Jetta for 15 years and have over 300,000 miles on it. Since purchasing the Passat I've put over 20,000 in the first 8 months of ownership. The 2.5l is probably not a fun to drive as the 1.8t on current models, but the performance is more than enough for daily driving. I routinely average 32+ mpg on long trips a highway speeds and have averaged 29+ in combined mpg over the past 3000 miles. The car has plenty of room even in the rear for my 6'3" teen.


Favorite Features

I love the upgraded electronics / navigation on this model, especially the Sirius radio on long trips through rural Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri. The trunk is huge and will easily swallow enough luggage for all of the family for a weekend trip.


Suggested Improvements

Navigation updates are ridiculously priced well above the average GPS unit.


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German luxury on a budget
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By drjkalyan
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2012 Volkswagen Passat Sedan SE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 5cyl 6A)


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This is my first new car and I love it. It looks impressive with taut lines and geometrical shapes that accent the angular look of the new VWs. The car is decidedly large for the American market and can be a problem only in some crowded cities. Inside the cabin the interiors are excellent quality and material with symmetrical layout - maybe a bit boring. It has the best in-class rear seat legroom and boot space. It has adequate equipment as standard. Ride is a bit choppy on rough roads but is very well absorbing on usual city roads. Power is just about adequate and delivery is a tad linear. Engaging the sports mode creates more engine noise than speed. I love the tank-like build quality!


Favorite Features

Design, BUILD QUALITY, Interior space, Boot space, Rear legroom, German engineering!


Suggested Improvements

Engine a bit coarse at high revs - I5 not smooth like a V6 or 4cyl, Ride quality a bit harsh and not confidence inspiring at speed, Suspension not able to soak all bumps, personally noted issues - Locks froze up during last winter storm and actually broke needing replacement. Workplace finds you amusing trying to shuffle into driving seat from passenger seat as driving seat door lock frozen and getting into workshop took 2 days. - Entertainment system has a software glitch and keeps jumping stations, stops working, has no HD radio signal and changes source from FM to AUX to MEDIA like it has a mind of it's own.


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