2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI Long-Term Road Test


2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI: Tracks Straight Once More

September 9, 2013

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI

A couple of us had noticed recently that our long-term 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI was pulling to the right. And during my recent 900-mile road trip to the Napa Valley, it was undeniable. I always had the steering wheel cocked slightly to the left as I cruised up Interstate 5.

Upon my return to Los Angeles, I took the Passat to our local Santa Monica shop, Stokes Tire Pros, for an alignment.

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI

A tech quickly confirmed that the Passat was indeed out of alignment. (In the midst of the day's tasks, I did not take time to inquire just how far off the factory specs it actually was. My bad. Sorry.) For $135, we got both an alignment and a tire rotation (we didn't feel like waiting until the 10,000-mile maintenance interval).

I picked up the Passat later than afternoon, and sure enough, when I hold the steering wheel straight, our diesel VW now goes straight.

Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 7,353 miles

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Edmunds Insurance Estimator

The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2013 Volkswagen Passat in VA is:

$152 per month*
* Explanation
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