2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI Long-Term Road Test

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2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI: Clean

April 29, 2014

2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG

I popped the hood to check the oil in our 2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI, which is usually a dirty job. Not only was the dipstick clearly visible, and made of plastic so I didn't burn my fingers, but there was barely a speck of dust on the engine cover.

Usually, a film of oil builds up on the metal and plastic and then is covered by grime and dust. But you could have eaten a picnic lunch off the top of this engine. It must be an extremely well-sealed engine compartment.

And, no, the engine didn't need oil.

Philip Reed, Senior Consumer Advice Editor @ 6,890 miles


  • banhugh banhugh Posts:

    Could it be that the car has only 7k miles on it?

  • "Not only was the dipstick clearly visible, and made of plastic" Actually that entire engine looks like it is made of plastic. I know just about all engines now have plastic intake manifolds but this one looks extra pasticky.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    The turbocharger isn't plastic.

  • diigii diigii Posts:

    "Not only was the dipstick clearly visible, and made of plastic so I didn't burn my fingers," No! The oil dipstick HANDLE is made of plastic. The part of the oil dipstick that goes inside that tube going into the engine is still made of metal.

  • gslippy gslippy Posts:

    @diigii: It's possible the entire dipstick is plastic - many cars do this.

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