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Money Pit
13 of 16 people found this review helpful
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By jjroadtrip
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2005 Volkswagen Passat GL 1.8T Fwd 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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Bought this car used in 2009, drive only highway miles and this car has been nothing but problems.
Last year alone it cost me $6500 in repair bills. VW dealers are no help, even with used car warranty it covers nothing.


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2005 Passat
21 of 21 people found this review helpful
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By drcar1
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2005 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8T Fwd 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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To be honest I haven't had any problems with my 2005 VW.
It has worked great, it is fun to drive maybe too fun....I get a lot of speeding tickets in it and I've been pulled over several times going like 5-10 over so maybe it looks fast too!? As for everything else I get regular inspections on the car and it works great.
Just have to take car of it.
Take it to the dealership at least once a year to run diagnostics and you're good to go.


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Poor choice
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By jlub
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2005 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8T Fwd 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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Enjoyed the car when first purchased, Great performance and fun to drive. Then the problems started at about 12,500 miles and haven;t stopped. Have spent more than 8,000 in maintenance and repairs with no help in correcting poor reliability. Biggest problems have been replacing 8 coils (even 2 after recall). Engine light has been on for over a year and they can not find the problem. Just spent 500 on electrical issues which are not repaired. Some of the problems:
1) 8 coils replaced.
2) Triptronic transmission doesn't work in manual. Never fixed as it is over $2000 by VW dealer.
3) AC went out, not getting power.
4) Oil light comes on regularly...waiting for the sludge problem.

Bad Choice!


Best Features

Great handling, fun to drive. Hugs road


Worst Features

IMPROVE WORKMANSHIP. Horrible reliability with little help from VW or dealer!


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Beware VW Fans!!!!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By iblackwell
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2005 Volkswagen Passat GL 1.8T Fwd 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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After owning VW's for years this will be my last. I actually traded the Passat today for a BMW and I couldn't be more relieved. The problems and repairs have been unending from the start.
Under 3 mo. old, the sunroof leaked and all of the carpet had to be replaced, I have replaced (3) Front axles, a valve cover gasket, numerous sensors, the thermastat, (3) window regulators, motor mounts, Both headlights because they turned white after three years and wouldn't pass inspection. I even had to replace the antenna and the oil dip stick because they fell apart. Lastly the interior trim peeled off (VW sprays a coating over plastic - ???) All this at 75000 miles! The services every 5K are COSTLY!


Best Features

Good gas mileage and spacious. Good Trunk size and storage areas around the car.


Worst Features

VW needs to go back to the drawing board and build dependable cars like they once did and leave the luxary car market to BMW & Mercedes.


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Bad Decision
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By bauerinav
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2005 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8T Fwd 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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Bought a 2005 Passat in Nov, 2010 (less than 2 months ago). It's been in the shop 5 times already with the engine light on. Each time its supposedly fixed, yet within 2 weeks the light is back on again. Thank God it's still under warranty - car only has 60k miles on it! Issues have been:misfire, MAF, oxygen sensor, computer update, and vacuum seal. I'm beginning to think the car will need to be traded in before the warranty expires! VW has not been helpful at all. Wanted a vehicle with a great service department - have yet to experience that. Should've kept my Saturn - at 150k miles it had less issues!


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