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By harvey ketner
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2012 Volkswagen Passat Diesel TDI SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6M)


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purchased this passat diesal in 2011 titled as 2012 with only 46 miles on it. serviced by dealership as required for 4 years after 2 years had to replace battery not under warranty at 30,000 miles had to replace all 4 tires with a better grade the 3rd year had to replace blu additive pump not under warranty 2years ago in 2015 we got notice from volkswagon per emmissions problem does not comply with epa states laws 2016 are bag recall notice not complying and defective as of this date feb.6 2017 no notice to repair or replace for safety reasons was told not to drive as can deploy or explode causing injury or death per defective air bags very poor follow up per dealership about this vehicle transmission shifting problem from stop on hill to take off at least a 3 to 5 second delay many times have had accellerator over half depressed still no response this could be a dangerous situation was told by dealership that this was due to allowing fuel economy per starting off in second gear then jump back to first gear for take off this is a 6 speed transmission so far am unhappy with volkswagons settlement with these problems car value lost over 5,000 dollars per year in my opinion this is unacceptable per rating volkswagon has gotten on supposedly clean diesal engines another small problem which dealership and owners manual does not inform owners of a small tank in trunk holding diesal exhaust fluid (blu additive) if run empty vehicle will shut down do have a 1996 jetta gas engine with over 160,000 miles still runs great hope this will help others. HARVEY KETNER [contact information removed]


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VW Passat TDI SE Review
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By M. Carey
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2012 Volkswagen Passat Diesel TDI SE 4dr Sedan w/Sunroof (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM)


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Turbo Diesel fuel mpg is excellent: 45+ hwy, 33 - 39 city. Interior room is very spacious. Controls are friendly, simple, intuitive. Turbo diesel acceleration is sporty. Touchscreen is good but no navigation system. Most features are smart and helpful. Car requires little maintenance, so far. Overall, an excellent vehicle/purchase.


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LOVE my car...HATE what VW did to DESTROY resale!
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By LPL
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2012 Volkswagen Passat Diesel TDI SEL Premium 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM)


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I have a 2012 TDI SEL and LOVE it!! We drive between Maine and Georgia frequently and stop ONCE for diesel. The car is comfortable and roomy with plenty of creature comforts. BUT, after four years, and being in Maine, we need an AWD vehicle and now this car has zero resale. VW should do more for ruining the value of their cars than they have.


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Avoid this car if your goal is to buy a reliable v
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By Scott Young
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2012 Volkswagen Passat Diesel TDI SEL Premium 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM)


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I bought the 2012 diesel Passat for the fuel economy and range. During the summer months I get almost 50 mpg hwy and winter is less because of the diesel fuel additives.
HOWEVER- I have 135,000 miles on a 2012 and so far have dumped more than $9000 in maintenance and repairs. Every 40K miles the DSG transmission service is $800 and that is the cheap part. At slightly over 100k miles the problems started and they were all emissions related (this car is complicated). First the Add Blue tank heater failed and the entire tank must be replaced ($1000) then the butterfly valve for burning off the particulate failed ($1000), Both cooling fans ($800) and two oxygen sensors ($1000), add to that VW changed from a timing chain to a timing belt in 2011 so at 130K timing belt, water pump rollers/bearings etc. ached service was $2200. My VW dealer was great but VW needs to address reliability on this model (wonder whats going to happen with the emissions scandal ??)


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By Doug
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2012 Volkswagen Passat Diesel TDI SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6M)


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I bought my Passat TDI for the fuel economy, reliability and longevity of the diesel engine. Ive never had a more unreliable vehicle than this one including a few couple hundred dollar vehicles when i was a kid. The turbocharger failed. The fuel pump failed. The exhaust flap failed. Then the new turbo was damaged by the dealer. Then the clutch broke. The transmission synchros broke. Then the heater core plugged. Now the oil cooler is plugged. Almost every major component has failed and lead to enormous repair bills.


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