"We've had this car for over 12 years now. By far the longest we've ever owned a car.
The bad....yep it's expensive to have worked on so find a good non dealer mechanic. The leather is low grade and has completely turned to junk in our vehicle. A lot of the interior stuff like door handles, glove box, trim, etc. has broken, some heat and air issues.
The good....This car simply kicks butt in the snow and ice. I can't tell you how many SUV's and all wheel drives I've passed over the years turned over and in ditches. I would still take this car over any other (with good tires) in inclement weather. It's a very solid feeling vehicle with an excellant little V6 and transmission. We've never had any issues whatsover with the drive train, pretty good mileage too. I would say if you live in a snowy climate pick up one of these 4Motions for piece of mind!"
"I bought my 2004 VW Passat Wagon brand new and I love it! I have the 5-speed manual and I love how sporty it is, yet can haul a lot of cargo. I have had very few problems with this car, it has been completely reliable even after 105K miles, and I expect it to be around for another 11 years at least. It handles really well, and the German engineering is top-notch. I would absolutely buy this car again, and will likely get the newest version when I eventually say goodbye to my '04 baby."