Finally a Car That Wont Die! New Passat

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by NikonsAndVStroms, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. A-Bone

    A-Bone Indubitably

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    Another satisfied customer folks....

    What generation was it??...

    I'm gonna guess B5 or 5.5... more emphasis on the B5 though...
  2. TooFast

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    Last decent VW built was the Beetle :deal

    Probably because there was no PS,PB,PL,PW,AC,KE,HVAC FAN,ELECTRIC SEATS,VACUUM OPERATED HVAC CONTROLS,WINSHIELD WASHER PUMP,OIL FILTER,ELECTRIC FUEL PUMP, INJECTORS, ANYTHING ELECTRONIC

    Probably missed a few things...can't break what you don't have
  3. koncha

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    So, you're saying it wasn't a fully satisfying ownership experience?
  4. PaddedHat

    PaddedHat Been here awhile

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  5. PaddedHat

    PaddedHat Been here awhile

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    Yugo reliability, Mercedes repair costs, and less residual value than a Chevy Cavalier.... what's not to love?
  6. UnderNewOwnership

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    Ah, yes, the early noughties, the dark days of VW... All VW/Audis from that era should be scrapped as road hazards.

    Also, the 1.8T was a shitheap.
  7. NikonsAndVStroms

    NikonsAndVStroms Beastly Photographer

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    Worst case for the next 6 years is it goes to the shop which is a mile down the road and I get a free rental. I'm not too worried....and will probably trade it before that.

    My local independent shop is closed for good :cry so now that I've got no trustworthy place to bring a car in the immediate area I'll probably be sticking to vehicles under warranty, at least for cages. You need at least one form of transportation you don't need to worry about.

    But the B7 is a new car built specifically for America VS your Passat, the only big issue I've seen are TDI turbos and that's based on complaints posted VWVortex so who knows what the actual percentage of turbo failures are, but the 5 cyl looks to be reliable.

    I gotta say living with it for a month now it's just a great daily driver. Very comfortable, the engine has enough power so in most cases there's no need to downshift, and agile enough to go into the city (a lot easier than the Dodge Charger was even though it's only about a 1-2 inch different in width).
  8. A-Bone

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    Yep... dark days indeed...

    I thought the 1.8 was the only redeeming feature of this generation... seems that the horrors were derived from electrics & accessories constantly on the fritz...
  9. NikonsAndVStroms

    NikonsAndVStroms Beastly Photographer

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    That's my only real downside to buying this car VS the Accord, though with the huge boost in sales of the new Passat/Jetta I'm hoping that helps to boost the resale value. Plus at least locally there are VW's everywhere.
  10. TooFast

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    Thought most of them were wrecked due to sticky throttles...toyota hired that engineer
  11. A-Bone

    A-Bone Indubitably

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    :lol3

    well put....
  12. A-Bone

    A-Bone Indubitably

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    It all depends on reliability at this point... they've traded up-market sportiness for mass-market sales numbers... if they can't get close to an Accord's or Camry's reliability stats over the next 5-10 years, you can bet the resale values are going to be pretty dismal...

    People bitch about Accord and Camry, but the long term reliabilty of those cars (even if it has dropped slightly in recent years) is tough to beat on a decade-over-decade basis... that's a lot of the resale value in people movers...
  13. Bueller

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    No, it was a fully satisfying ownership experience. Just not for him. You need to ask his dealer :lol3
  14. jdiaz

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    I work with a guy who has a 11 year old Passat B5 wagon with the Audi 30-valve V6, Tiptronic, and 4-Motion.....arguably their most complex vehicle at the time with the exception of the rare Passat W8. He's put wheel bearings and a heater core in it....other than that, just required maintenance. Car still looks mint too.
  15. Bueller

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    You are the VW whisperer.
  16. PaddedHat

    PaddedHat Been here awhile

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    Sorry, but I would rather burn the car, Viking funeral style, than let a dealer get near it. Absent aftermarket parts availability, a great online fan base, and the desire to tackle shit like the timing belt, in my own garage, I really can't imagine that I would of soldiered on for a few years with this POS. When the dual mass flywheel shit the bed, a new one was $777 from the dealer. I'm sure that the whole package with the clutch, and bearing would of been well into the $1400 range, plus labor. I ended up with a Euro sourced work around for less than $500. I really can't get my head around having a $4K VW at the dealer, every few weeks, for another check engine light. It would be smarter, and cheaper, to lease a new 7 series BMW. A-bone is spot on. If VW's current surge in popularity is followed by a surplus of 3-5 year old, unreliable shit boxes, it won't end well. Mrs. Hat is ending a long career as a teacher. The car buying in that crowd tends to be herd based. MB intros. a fairly affordable little shit box, (160, 190, or something) and everybody in the building wants one. Next it's Honda Accords, then Volvos, then off to cute utes. I clearly recall the last round of Jetta lust. Everybody had to have one, tow or three years later, they turned out to be total shit, the local dealer goes tits up, and warranty is 40 miles away. Yea, that went well. I can see history repeating itself. About 2015 or so, the shine will be completely worn off the turd, and so it goes.
  17. jdiaz

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    Another guy at work with three toddlers and one in the oven asked if he should buy a CC. I said probably not, but when he asked about the problems we've had, I couldn't list one that was a show stopper.

    I've had mostly spotless BMW motorcycle experiences as well. Its my curse for being one of the non-Jewish chosen people. :lol3
  18. Bueller

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    Just to provide a counterpoint:

    We bought a used '00 Beetle TDI with 40k on it in late '03 for her. We sold it with 100,000 miles on it. During that time I put in a timing belt, tensioner, some glow plugs, a coolant temperature sensor, and too many headlight bulbs. Other than that it returned 50 mpg and was generally fun to drive.

    We bought a new '05 Jetta TDI for me. I only kept it 9000 miles before giving it to her, and she put another 90,000 on it before we sold it. The car returned 48 mpg consistently, sometimes better. During that entire time, the sum total of all parts it needed (aside from oil changes and filters) was a recall for the engine driven fuel pump at 5,000 miles, a radio replacement under warranty (CD player quit), a set of glow plugs, and the in-tank fuel pump at 85,000 miles. We sold it to another inmate here almost three years ago, who has to my knowledge been quite happy with the car.

    No electrical issues, no broken window regulators, no $4000 repair bills. Just good, reliable, economic transportation that was fun to drive.
  19. jdiaz

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    See? Chosen people. :lol3
  20. Bueller

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    Whenever people tell me the Jews are the chosen people, I always remind them that God never said what they were chosen for :deal