2005 Volkswagen Passat Consumer Review: Car is unreliable, CS is pathe

2005 Volkswagen Passat - Consumer Review

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GLS 1.8T Sedan (1.8L 4-cyl. Turbo 5-speed Manual)

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Car is unreliable, CS is pathetic
By mminch on


2005 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8T Fwd 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


Have had the car three years. The first winter we had it, it did not start on 2 occasions. Both times the dealer did tow it, but could find nothing wrong. We were told misfires. On two other occasions the engine light when on, we took it in, and they told us misfires again. The battery also failed, but the dealer replaced it. The warranty recently expired and the engine light has come on, the repairs have run about $500. In total the engine light has come on at least 6 times in less then 60,000 miles. Very safe car when it starts, very unreliable. Our local dealer takes no accountability, their favorite sayings are "I'm sorry" and "I don't know" when I ask what I can do.

Best Features

Fun to drive (when is starts or engine light isn't running)

Worst Features

Start over. My particular car is a lemon, its garage kept, gets maintenance on time, but I have to constantly take it to the shop for costly repairs. Last VW I ever own, never again, I feel I have been robbed.
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