'13 Passat TDi SE M, Eagle GT wrapped SAGITTA 19s
'03 Ford SD 250, 7.3L PowerStroke
'73 Bronco Ranger, Rollerized 5.0
Humility Before Honor
I would trade in our Sienna for another Passat TDI SEL if I could fit big things like bikes in it. I do not notice any bouncing or road noise. Passengers can't hear me outside and I can't hear them when the doors & windows are closed.
Problems I've had in 9 months and 9000 miles:
1. Dead cell in battery after returning home from a 12 day vacation. Couldn't even jump it. Dealer replaced the battery and has been fine since.
2. Light cover on driver's side rear passenger door kept falling off. Dealer used some silicone to get it to stick.
3. Bolt rattled loose in the trunk from the super awesome Fender sound system.
4. RNS-510 is still sluggish, but way better after that March 2012 firmware update.
5. Having to stop for bathroom breaks but not needing fuel. Could've kept going!
1. I really like the chrome trim on the SEL models. A coworker told me it looked like a Mercedes at first.
2. TDI power going up hills & mountains.
3. Ringing ears from awesome sound system.
4. Car seats or adults fit in that huge back seat. This was one of the strongest deciding factors when we shopped for cars.
5. Cornering headlights are neat.
6. You can hear me coming as opposed to quiet hybrids that don't compete on power & fuel efficiency.
7. It's a damn sexy car that makes the ladies shiver.
Wow, sounds similar to my situation except I was driving a GTI loaner when I took my 12 passat in to replace the center mirror because it rattled. The GTI was a few years old but was really fun to drive and flew! It seemed to have a lot more power than my 2010 cc sport. And the 2012 passat um, well not much enthusiasm there. The Passat sel prem is still nice though.
The car is back from the dealer. New front springs installed. The noise is gone completely.
The ride and handling seem to be much improved. I still feel some up and down movement but it is much less pronounced.
Handling seems to be much improved.
My regret is not getting the Passat the first time. Instead, I had a 2012 Beetle. That thing was riddled with problems!!! Known window issue, A/C problems, body molding falling off, seat foam getting shredded or disintegrating, etc. Luckily VWoA gave me credit towards a new VW and the dealer worked with me. They were able to get is so that my payment is less than it was with the Beetle, lower interest rate, and a better car overall. I LOVE MY PASSAT!
When I got the Passat I had a 1996 Buick Century Wagon with 130k+ miles on it. We were moving house, so the Buick was a temporary car to assist with moving, Home Depot runs, etc. Well, the Buick rode beautifully compared to the brand new Passat, with well controlled (if soft) suspension movements and nice, controlled handling. Brakes had better feel, too.
My daughter absolutely hates the Passat because she gets nauseous in it every time. All the up and down and diagonal movement of the chassis makes her sick.
Other than the way it drives, it suits us well. It is roomy, the seats are comfortable. I like all the features. I absolutely love the look and design of the interior. Ergonomics are fine and I am very glad it has a real key and a real handbrake. Clutch feel is great, engine power is great and fuel economy is terrific. It has a huge trunk, too. I am very disappointed that heated mirrors are not standard -- I have never had a European car without them before. Even Jetta S has heated mirrors!
We dislike driving our Passat so much that we avoid driving it as much as possible. It only has 2500 miles since November.
If you just want to get rid of it, I will take it. I could use another great car. Took a Jetta for a ride prior tobuying this. Had a B 5.5 TDI. Loved that. This B7 rides similarly to the B5.5. The Jetta rides like a Cavalier. Every jounce in a concreet freeway is felt. Not my idea of a nice ride. The Hankooks suck, but they can be replaced. I am sure that a good set of Michalins would make a huge difference. I cannot iagine someone not liking the ride. Maybe something is wrong? Not enough air pressure? I would not run these tires at the placard setting. They have been at 51 since delivery. Try it. You may like it much better.
But all things in the passat was cheap quality. It held up great but there were little things that just seemed cheap. Case and point the hinge which became covered a year later. Or the fact the area by the pedals was not carpeted. The pillars were platic instead of cloth and on and on.
I have heard people complain about the quality of the beetles, but I love mine! im buggin!
Last edited by gphin305; 08-21-2012 at 11:08 AM.
Current: 2008 Passat (Candy White) 2.0tsi / APR Stage 1 / "ABT" style front lip / Rear lip spoiler/ SS Tips / Drivers Gear Springs / Passat Door Sills / R-line Dead Pedal / 3M Wood Grain Dash Accents / ClearBra / 17" Monte Carlos with ContiExtreme DWS.....Current: 2015 Passat SE with roof and nav (Candy White).....Former: 2009 Jetta / 2003 Passat / 2003 Jetta / 2000 Jetta / 1968 Type 3 Beetle / 1965 Type 2 Microbus