2005 Volkswagen Passat Consumer Review: Poor choice

2005 Volkswagen Passat - Consumer Review

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

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Poor choice
By jlub on


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


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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