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Volkswagen Passat Estate

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Volkswagen Passat Estate consumer car reviews

John Clarke, Aberdeenshire

Volkswagen Passat Estate 2.0 TDi 4motion 2006

4 star review

Overall very pleased. Live in a snowy part of the world and the 4motion 4 wheel drive system is excellent. Bought second hand at around 50,000 miles, now has 103k. Has dynamic xenon headlights (that change direction when cornering) except the dynamic bit isn’t working. VW garage said it would be 2hrs labour to take apart and see what was wrong so haven’t bothered as lights otherwise fine. I’ve had one breakdown, which required 4 new injectors under recall programme for certain VW/Audi/Seat/Skoda 2.0 TDi PD engines; check carefully before buying any of these cars to see if it’s affected and whether the free injector replacement has been done. Otherwise happy. Comfortable. Winter pack has heated seats and windscreen. 6 speed box easy to use. Engine torquey and whilst not fast is quick enough. Careful driving sees 48mpg. Previous car was A6 avant 1.9 TDi which ran to 275,000miles without any problems (consumables and a new battery only!). Will be interesting to see how this one compares as the miles accumulate.

Submitted: 2012-10-25 | ID: 50948

Paul Oldfield, Norfolk

Volkswagen Passat Estate 1.9tdi 2006

3 star review

Performance and fuel economy are fine as is towing, but three flywheels in 90,000 miles, plus a possible DPF judder in low revs/high gear will certainly put me off another.

Submitted: 2012-05-16 | ID: 50947

Nigel Lanigan, Warwickshire

Volkswagen Passat Estate 2007

5 star review

I bought my Passat 1.9 estate for the fuel economy having traded in a Landrover TD5, wow 0n motorways 60mpg is the norm and I don’t drive slowly, on the autobahn in Germany at 75mph I was getting 70mpg. Comfort and space is exceptional, I have heard horror stories about the electronic handbrake but so far so good. Best car I could recommend for a family.

Submitted: 2011-03-09 | ID: 50946

Rob Oliver, Shropshire

Volkswagen Passat Estate SE New model 2.0lt TDI 140 2005

2 star review

What a let down, the car had constant faults; Air bag light kept coming on, Broke down 3 times, Fuel pump, Fuel cooler, Software problems, engine emission flap failure £400 before the final death at 92000 miles when oil pump failed. Inchcape VW Bridgnorth were useless, the changed oil pump cost circa £1000 to do then they inform me engine is scrap. On inspection by another competent engine company Inchcape had put it together incorectly and damaged the crankshaft drive gear. I would be very careful of buying one with high milage unless you can change oil pumps and the turbo yourself otherwise expect big garage bills. Also I would not recommend Inchcape; their customer service is disgusting & service rubish.

Submitted: 2009-12-27 | ID: 50945

Eddie Downes, Lancashire

Volkswagen Passat Estate Sport 4Motion 2008

5 star review

This replaced a Merc 220CDI estate. Not quite the same fun drivers car but much more comfortable for passengers. Lower fuel consumption of 4wd is offset by huge savings in servicing. I have had 3 services so far and the cost still has not reached a single merc service I had. Loads of legroom for rear seat passengers even with drivers seat fully back. Auto hold handbrake feature takes a little getting used to, but is brilliant on hill starts when towing. I drove a much older model at work some time ago and cannot believe that if anything the comfortable driving position especially on long distance has improved. Very traditional in styling terms and nothing to write home about in the cabin, but rock solid. Should be on any families shortlist, especially if you tow.

Submitted: 2009-08-17 | ID: 50944

Ian Macdonald, Lanarkshire

Volkswagen Passat Estate 1.9 diesel 2008

4 star review

I have a 58 registered Passat Estate 1.9 diesel. I use it for a taxi, a few interior rattles, a squeak when I press the gas pedal, and definitely the worst clutch control I have ever experienced, disappointed. Hoped for a bit of quality.

Submitted: 2009-01-12 | ID: 50949

John Talbot, Gloucestershire

Volkswagen Passat Estate 2.0 FSI 5dr 2007

5 star review

This is my second Passat Estate and VW have done a great job in updating an already cracking car. The boot is now bigger and the interior feels even plusher. Brilliant car that drives exceptionally well and is affordable to run. 5 out of 5.

Submitted: 2008-04-22 | ID: 50950

Ruth Jones, Staffordshire

Volkswagen Passat Estate 2.0 FSI 2007

5 star review

This car drives much more nimble than you would expect for its size. Spacious in the cabin and great safety features.

Submitted: 2007-11-22 | ID: 50952

Ben Ellaway, Monmouthshire

Volkswagen Passat Estate 2.0 TDI 140 S 5dr 2006

5 star review

I would recommend this car to anyone looking for a stylish estate that gives excellent performance. Gives you everything you need and doesn’t cost the earth. Well done Volkswagen!

Submitted: 2007-11-20 | ID: 50951

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  • "Hi. My Volkswagen Passat Estate`s indicators have started to blow the fuse. It occasionally blows the hazard light fuse as well. I fitted a second ha..." (Paul Hayes, 10/02/2014 11:53:24)
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  • "Could you please let me know where I can find a fuse box diagram for my Volkswagen Passat Estate (under bonnet) which shows clearly the proper fuse l..." (James Shaffi, 04/02/2014 08:26:41)
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  • "Since July my Volkswagen Passat Estate conks out every time it rains. When hooked up on machines nobody can find the problem, but water seems to make..." (Maarten Van Den Dool, 06/01/2014 09:25:39)
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  • "This morning I went to start my Volkswagen Passat Estate and it did but it does not display the dash instrument lights or release the handbrake. The ..." (Stan Ferguson, 02/01/2014 10:17:45)
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  • "Our Volkswagen Passat Estate has only done 31,000 miles and has been serviced every 12 months, last service was a major service done on 30th Oct.. On..." (Sarah, 08/11/2013 11:51:39)
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  • Paul Vandenbos's question has been answered: "Only a car mechanic can do that as the things in front need taking apart. I have a Passat Estate 2008 and every time I have to go to garage or call my - Maarten Van Den Dool from Dorset' '..." (03/01/2014 07:40:35)
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  • Sarah's question has been answered: "Hello, I had exactly the same problem with a VW Caddy. The car suddenly was loosing the power during normal driving, and the Engine Fault text appeare - Mihai from Romania' '..." (30/12/2013 18:01:51)
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Road tests

Volkswagen Passat Estate

Bluemotion 1.6 TDI - The Passat Estate is the unsung hero of the Volkswagen model range. A workhorse with unexceptional looks, its lack of glamour means its tailor-made for families who want something solid with an air of understated conservatism. It also makes it ideal for the fleet market. Its appeal is now likely to [...]

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