Models built before 2000 should not be considered due to their age and the associated mileage. In addition, VW only found numerous defects in the years that followed out. But even the still current model from 2005 received a number of revisions and gave rise to recalls - from defective windshield wiper motors to broken fuel cooling brackets in diesel.
Apart from a defect in the exhaust manifold and the fanfare horn, the VW Passat Variant 2.0 TFSI in 100,000-kilometer Endurance test by a uto motor und sport without any problems. Its quiet running and beefy pull-through four-cylinder turbo and the loading capacity of the trunk earned praise.
Complaints were made about the suspension, which was felt to be too tight, as well as the idiosyncratic ignition function: the key block had to be pushed into a slot and pressed - but the engine did not always respond immediately to the start request. Those who can live with that will find plenty to choose from on the used car market. Above all, the station wagons named Variant are wanted. Prices for models built in 2007 with high mileage start at around 10,000 euros.
Most customers opt for the front-wheel drive station wagon with two-liter diesel. Variants with automatic transmission or all-wheel drive are rarely in demand. The eight-cylinder W8 is an exotic car. Before making a purchase, it is essential to check whether the timing belt has been replaced every 60,000 kilometers. Some owners like to skip this expensive maintenance work. In this case, there is a risk of engine damage.