"I traded my 04 4cyl stationwagon in for a 4cyl Rav 4 toyota 07. I miss it. Great pick up compared to the Rav, I suppose thats german engineering.That car flew like the wind, 100 miles felt like 50mi. Kept getting speeding tickets in the volks. Had 80,000 miles certified used and warranty ran out at 74,000 so I got scared. Volks was due for timing belt which ranges from $1200. to $800. Volk Tech said I needed rear brake job at about $350.I got scared plus due to relocation post Hurricane Katrina, I am now in a town which does not service Volks. Exterior paint is much better than the Rav. Interior is classic. I want my Volks back.
Disadvantages: No storage in front. Too small for a Large person. Folding back seats to lay flat was awkward.Get electric seats."
"I live in Bozeman, MT where we get a considerable amount of snow every winter. When my Passat would be parked on the street, the plows would plow the snow toward the curb and basically bury the vehicles in snow. When big four-wheel drive pickups would be stuck, the traction control and all-wheel drive would pull me right through. An excellent car on slick surfaces it's also a very attractive car as well and I have been very satisfied with it."
"The first time I saw this model I wanted it and waited 2 years to buy one. I have loved it everyday I've owned it. It is quiet, roomy, smooth driving, gets good gas milage (22 around town) and looks great. I am thrilled I was able to buy it."
"I just dumped over 3500$ into electrical problems, in a car that I thought prided itself on going forever??
When it runs good I like it. But when I think of the money I just spent on the computer that blew 3 times while taking out other electrical parts at the same time....I hate it, and am selling it. I am so angryI can hardly look at it."
"This car has required unscheduled service 15 times!
It has left me stranded while on vacation 3 times!
At @5,000 miles the engine malfunction light came on, had to replace the all fuel injectors, 12,000miles the car just quit all electrical items in the car died, trunk release actuator shorted, and has required numerous electrical services about every 5,000 miles. I have had this car serviced some times 3 days in a row! Volkswagen has reluctantly replaced parts under warranty, but I bought this car NEW and my warranty just ran out. The worst car purchase I made in 36 years!"