great car all around
By matt on Wednesday, November 30, 2011
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 72,000
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
- Overall Rating
Pros: "*all listed in review*"
Cons: "*all listed in review*"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"im in the military, stationed in florida and this was my first car outta college. i was and am thoroughly impressed with this car. i love just about everything about it. here are a couple likes/dislikes in my opinion;
-sporty style of body as a sedan
-great gas mileage (i average 32 mixed city/hwy)
-amazing sound system stock
-well designed interior
-'little luxuries' like adjustable center council, red glow from above stick shifter, computer, chrome trim, etc...
-great driving feel, very responsive
-loads of interior room (im 6'3" and i still have legroom in the back seat...)
-quality at price
-full size spare!
-dont like the electric parking brake, wish there was a traditional handbrake
-not many customization options out there
-electronic stability control sometimes doesnt work in wet weather when taking off from a halt
-manual passenger seat (no electronic adjustments at all)
-$80 oil changes :(
-rear brakes need to be "re-tacked" so the dealership has to do them (~$400)
-18 gallon tank
-yes, you read that right, ELECTRIC (ie no brake fluid all wires)
As you can tell i really have a lot of respect for this car, overall i cant complain. im kind of a car guy so i appreciate the responsive throttle and the turbo is beyond nice. on that note the turbo spin up time is incredibly short for being stock. i also like the tight steering and the fact that the power steering helps compensate at higher speeds. the suspension is nice, i think its a VW thing but the front suspension squeaks at low speeds (ive seen/heard 3 other passats like mine make the same noise). as far as burning oil like VW is known for, i have no problems. ive had this car a year now and between the 3 oil changes ive had to add oil once, and that was my fault because i went almost 8,000 miles on 1 oil change (i know call me dumb but everyone does it). the car is comfortable, even for me. i drove this car literally 23 hrs straight and i didnt get uncomfortable until about the 13-14 hr mark (if you dont believe me mapquest mid florida to iowa, ya 23 hrs). the noise level within the car leaves room for improvement but with the 8 speaker stereo system on your side its not really noticeable. you can definitely tell this car was designed for the autobahn because the ride of the car actually improves with speed, that and the fact when you want to pass up somebody and punch the gas the acceleration is top notch. it will literally push u back in your seat. so overall i think ive covered just about all i can. if i missed anything you were looking for specifically i apologize. ill definitely be holding onto this car for a long time, and would suggest this car to anyone."
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