Below is a quote/report from Edmunds.com on the W8 Passat:
Apparently, almost every W8 suffers from a cam adjuster problem that costs approx $10K, and takes a month, to fix. The part has a design flaw, which VW of America has fixed, but they will not offer any warranty help, or support their dealers, who often can't fix these cars.Between the cost of the parts and the constant problems, a W8 cost more than a Porsche to run. Not a car for real world applications.
This annalysis comes from an outsider who's job is to do nothing but to criticize/praise cars and the manufacturers that build them.
Here is what Mr. Ed says should be done:
Recall, engine swap, free extended warranty, loaner cars, something to help those who have invested in this product and are now stuck with it.
Here's an even more interesting web site to check out:
It gives statistical data on topics such as VW W8. According to BoardReader.com the topic "W8" was discussed 15,078 times on 977 sites in last 3 months.
Say what you want about anybody on this site blowing up over the problems they have experienced with this W8. All it's going to get you is more arguments. But Hey! If that's what you like I'm game. That means I can be nice to everyone else on this forum.
Modified by un4givun2 at 7:28 PM 12-16-2008