better than my fears
By TriedaVolk on Saturday, June 27, 2015
I owned and sold this car
overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Reason: It was totaled in a wreck (not my fault!)
- Overall Rating
Pros: "acceleration, handling, four-wheel drive, comfort"
Cons: "price of repairs, low splash shield/bottom"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"I bought a 2004 Passat sedan, with four-wheel drive and fuel-injection system, in 2013; it was going to be a car only for short distances/local errands, as I took public transportation otherwise and had another family car for longer trips. I had read that the Passat had some reliability problems, that the mid-2000s were bad years for the model, but it was such a good low-mileage deal that I took a chance. I got a great buy. This car handled incredibly well, with great acceleration on, say, highway entrance ramps, and a tight feel on the road. The interior made sense; the braking was excellent. As another review here stated, it really does have a low shield; mine was really a mess and I hadn't realized. Perhaps that's expected of an older car, but often I felt that low floor on roads. I did have trouble with a brake warning light that I couldn't seem to get fixed, and I did have to replace a secondary air pump; again, that's the sort of thing one would expect, but the prices for any replacement parts are very high. I also could've wished for better gas mileage considering the car needs premium fuel. All that said, I would've driven this car another three years, probably, had it not been totaled. But the good news there is that the airbags deployed and likely saved me big injury, as I was rammed full speed from behind when stopped at a line of cars on an exit ramp, pushing my car into the next. I had only minor injuries, and authorities on the scene kept saying how well the car held up and protected me. So while I've noted problems, I'd say that the bad reviews I had read were WAY off target, in my experience. I liked this car."
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