2005 Volkswagen Passat Consumer Review: Turbocharger Intermittent

2005 Volkswagen Passat - Consumer Review

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GLS TDI Wagon (2.0L 4-cyl. Turbo Diesel 5-speed Automatic)

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Turbocharger Intermittent
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2005 Volkswagen Passat GLS TDI Fwd 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5A)


To start off with, I like the styling of the 2005 Volkswagen Passat GLS TDI. I also enjoy the TDI's fuel economy. However, the Turbocharger stops working intermittently. I have had the car back to two different dealerships on five separate occasions to repair of the turbocharger. The cruise control disengages intermittently, as do the daytime running lights. I too, have experienced the inability to remove the ignition key from its slot on the steering column several times. I still do not know why that has happened. The front seats bottoms are a bit short in length and there is not much padding under the leather. You can feel the closed cell polyurethane foam that lines the seat bottom upon ingress and egress.

Best Features

The overall body styling, Tiptronic transmission, and excellent brakes.

Worst Features

Allow the TDI 4-Matic to be imported in the US. Import the 2006 Passat TDI Wagon to the US.
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