2005 Volkswagen Passat Consumer Review: Pass 'Em

2005 Volkswagen Passat - Consumer Review

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GL TDI Sedan (2.0L 4-cyl. Turbo Diesel 5-speed Automatic)

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Pass 'Em
By Ted on


2005 Volkswagen Passat GL TDI Fwd 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5A)


I love to step on the gas (fuel) pedal and feel the smooth, rapid acceleration. This car will run. Its handling is superb. It is a very safe car. It gets about 30-32 mpg at 8 0mph with the a/c on. It has a huge trunk. It hauls five adults with ease and has no difficulty handling or accelerating with a load. It does have a slight vibration at idle from the motor, but no one complains. Most are surprised when they find out it's a diesel. This is my second VW diesel. The first was a Golf TDI which got totaled. We were sandwiched in a wreck, drove the car home five miles, and were surprised when the insurance company totaled. it. My wife wanted a trunk, so we got the Passat. It is a good car.

Best Features

The diesel engine power and economy. The Tripmatic automatic transmission.

Worst Features

It needs better motor mounts to dampen vibration. Changing your own oil is a real hassle with taking off the air shields.
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