2005 Volkswagen Passat Consumer Review: Everything was great, until...

2005 Volkswagen Passat - Consumer Review

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GL 1.8T Sedan (1.8L 4-cyl. Turbo 5-speed Automatic)

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Everything was great, until...
By Lisa on


2005 Volkswagen Passat GL 1.8T Fwd 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


I have had this car for 5 years. It was doing great until I hit the 75,000 miles. I drive about 72 miles a day, so I understand that the ware and tear is a lot more then others. I had a warranty up to 100,000 and right when it passed 100,000 the "oil pressure STOP" light went on. According to what I have read, it looks like these models have a sludge problem. It looks like they have been having this problem for most of their passat models. They do have an extended warranty for 99-04, but not 05. Also, they make it hard to cover, because they want EVERY SINGLE piece of documentation of oil change services. Now I'm stuck with this car, trying to figure out if it's worth fixing or get rid of it

Best Features

I love the interior and exterior design. Smooth ride.

Worst Features

My suggestion to people is not to buy 99-05 passats due to engine/sludge problems that will end up giving you a big headache. My suggestion to the vw dealer is to acknowledge that the 05 has the same problems as the others and do something to help the people instead of giving them a hard time.
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