2005 Volkswagen Passat Consumer Review: Really Durable with V6 and man

2005 Volkswagen Passat - Consumer Review

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GLX Wagon (2.8L V6 5-speed Manual)

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Reliability Value
Really Durable with V6 and manual.
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2005 Volkswagen Passat GLX Fwd 4dr Wagon (2.8L 6cyl 5M)


This is my 2nd Passat; 1999 V6 5-speed Sedan was amazing for 10 years and 140k miles. Despite hard use, reliability was excellent(6,000+ revs common; 50/50 highway/backroads; fast cornering; some rough roads; stored for long periods). The timing belt was expensive, replaced radiator at the same time since front of the car has to be dismantled. Also had to replace control arms/bushings and CV joints. Valve cover gasket prone to leaking. Cracked oil pan 2x on steep driveways/bumps (likely somewhat my fault due to 1/2-inch lower European suspension springs). AC conked out in year 9. Still has original clutch. My other cars are BMW M3s which I race - but can't sell VW, I like it too much!

Best Features

Handling, comfort, roomy trunk. Excellent reliability given usage. I have stock car except for European Sport Springs.

Worst Features

Better access for repairs to reduce high repair labor hours. Make European suspension a USA option.
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