"i ordered a Passat v6 with Tech for 27,123. i bounced prices of 3 local vw dealers for the best price. Black or Black with the VR6 motor with paddle shifters. stand your ground they will try to sell you a 1.8 T for a little less. come resale time (not that I'll ever resell) this is/will be a rare car."
Pros: "The frame and the transmission appear to be solid"
Cons: "Bad resale value, unresolved issues."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4
"When you drive this car, you feel safe and it responds well to your driving habits; however, with all the issues including air bag problems that have not been resolved, the value of the car is severely deflated, and you worry if your children are safe in it."
"Like the turbo. Average MPG 32. I think 38 on one road trip. At 90-100 mph car starts floating. Changed oil myself for first time and had to buy a few tools to do it. Still trying to figure out how I'm going to change the transmission fluid at 40,000 miles, no dip stick. The steering with left hand arm on rest of door is only possible with my leg supporting my arm. Resale value sucks, should of bought a used one, but if I can get over 200,000 miles it will be OK. Steering wheel not in center of drivers seat?"
"Great car, reminds me of an old supercharged Buick I had rented at LAX in the mid 90's; the ride is so supple and noise free.
90-100 mph across West Texas last trip. Felt like I was back on the autobahn which I have driven many times before.
Too many pluses, try it and buy it."