Test drove the TDI SEL premium--what's up with the road noise on the highway? Very much considering this car, love the look but the road noise might be a deal breaker..
I have excessive amounts of wind noise from both front windows, car only has 5K miles. Have taking it to two dealers and communication with CORP, who stated that this is apart of the Design and it was not an issue.
I have this exact problem (from the video) with my Passat. I too reported to the dealer, and went as far as to road test another Passat (that was unsold) with a tech, and it also had the same problem. Until VW start getting some complaints and come out with a service bulletin on it, the problem will likely remain.
What really sucks about is that I could have gone out and bought a $10,000 Pontiac and it would have been quieter.
We test drove 2 different cars (including the one we eventually brought home), and we thought both were perfectly acceptable for the Passat's place in the market - my partner traded an '08 Saab 9-3 Sportcombi, and he was impressed with the Passat's ride/noise levels. Our car isn't Lexus-quiet, but it's not supposed to be.
We will probably, however, replace the OEM tires with (GASP!!) Goodyear Assurance Comfortreds when the time comes. We did that for Steven's Saab, and it made a big difference in noise and ride comfort. Handling did not suffer one bit, at least for the way we drive.
Zeplman--you do not look like a happy camper and I am afraid that's what I will look like for 30 something grand. My husband really likes the interior and all the options but I drive 80 miles a day to work, 1/2 highway, and I don't have the time or money to fool around with tire changes. Didn't notice the wind cause the road noise was so loud. Drove a Toyota XLE and SE--QUIET and smooth ride but definitely not as nice looking as the Passat.
Regarding the wind noise...didn't notice on the first test drive, on the second there was 'some' wind noise from the mirrors but not nearly the wind noise Zeplman has in his video. I am still bumming about this vechicle...it is such a nice looking car inside and out...ended up purchasing a Buick Lacrosse yesterday for the quiet and smooth ride..gas mileage is not going to anywhere near the TDI SEL but i couldn't pass up the quieter ride...husband said that VW was looking into tire changes from the complaints they have received. I also think they have skimped on sound deading materials cause I can't think of any other reason for such road noise..