Finally a Car That Wont Die! New Passat

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

  1. SourKraut

    SourKraut Long timer

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    My '03 1.8T manual transmission Passat wagon was flawless for seven years and 75K miles before I traded it in. Best car I've ever owned that I bought new. Granted it probably turned into a giant smoking money pit for the next guy but I loved that car. My manual trans. GTI just hit 10K miles and recently started achieving 30mpg, despite my driving (jdiaz wasn't kidding). :lol3
  2. aceluck

    aceluck Been here awhile

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    I've had a 03 Golf TDI that, aside from needing a steering rack at 80k (DIY at about 500$ for the part, plus an alignment) and now needing a brake booster at 130k, has only needed regular maintenance (including brakes and timing belt) and a couple small items (glow-plugs, brake-light switch), none of which were more than a hundred dollars to fix.

    The key to owning a VW post-warranty is to find a trust-worthy indy shop for any work you don't want or can't tackle yourself. For TDIs (are there any Volkses that aren't TDI:huh?), this http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=130044 is helpful. A lot of boost-related check engine lights result in dealers throwing a whole turbo assembly at the car, for a couple thousand $, while more careful diagnosis will often reveal a faulty pressure valve or actuator, which can both be fixed for much less.
  3. NikonsAndVStroms

    NikonsAndVStroms Beastly Photographer

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    Wait Jews have good luck with VW's? Awesome :clap

    I did play Hadag Nahash as the song to test out the radio (gotta de Hitler-people's car it :lol3) so the car definitely knows about it's Jewness.

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  4. hysterwv

    hysterwv Adventurer

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    I've had great luck with VAG. I bought my previous '04 Passat TDI in '06 with 32k miles. Performed regular maintenance with the exception of a poorly designed balance shaft module that cost me $3k. It spun a transmission pump bushing at 322k miles last September. I decided to let it go and picked up a new '12 Passat TDI. It will turn 20k next week and so far, so good.

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  5. NikonsAndVStroms

    NikonsAndVStroms Beastly Photographer

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    Nice :clap

    What are your thoughts on the 12 so far? Anything I should look out for?
  6. hysterwv

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    You can certainly tell that it's "decontented" especially when compared to models like the CC. But you have to consider that it's a great "value". My SE sunroof was under $28k. It fits the bill perfectly for my 1,000 mile/week pace. I live and drive throughout the mountains of appalachia at average speeds of 75 mph and I'm still averaging 42 mpg. I've seen up to 51 mpg on a 100 mile stretch of state highway (65 mph) in Ohio. The torque delivery at highway speeds is wonderful.

    The DSG transmission takes some getting used to, especially when starting from a stop. You have to remember that it's a computer controlled manual transmission and learn to drive it as a manual without a clutch. Keep in mind that that the 40k mile service will be a doosey. DSG service is recommended at that time.

    The only real complaint I have is the crappy OEM Hankook tires. I always buy high-end Michelins and these OE tires just plain suck in comparison. They're loud and have less than stellar performance in wet conditions. Snow is downright scary.
  7. NikonsAndVStroms

    NikonsAndVStroms Beastly Photographer

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    The car itself seems pretty good in the snow, I've got the steel rim 16's with continentals I think and I've had no problem getting around today on roads with 2-3 inches of snow even after plowing.
  8. TooFast

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    Personally, I wouldn't be bragging about getting around with my new FWD VW car with new tires after plowing 2" - 3" of snow. Sounds like someone living near the equator :evil
  9. NikonsAndVStroms

    NikonsAndVStroms Beastly Photographer

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    I mean there was 2-3" of snow on the road still after the bulk was plowed....remember we just got 2 feet last night :eek1 and I ended up driving home through some that was about twice as high. There it would slip a little but as long as I was going a sane speed and didn't jerk the wheel it was fine.

    It's no Subaru but unless a road is completely unplowed it should be fine.
  10. NikonsAndVStroms

    NikonsAndVStroms Beastly Photographer

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    So after the latest storm I can again confirm the Passat does well in the snow even during a nor'easter.

    But this winter it has started to develop a clicking whenever I push in the clutch and it's below freezing so Thursday morning it goes into the local VW dealer.
  11. Adam E

    Adam E halfway there

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    They all do that.
  12. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    for the level of comfort and refinement, it's better than a lot of cars that cost way more money. We adore ours.
    Just be careful; the paint is less than paper thin and the body panels arent much better
  13. NikonsAndVStroms

    NikonsAndVStroms Beastly Photographer

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    So far so good on that front, there's a small dent on a side skirt that I have no idea how it got there but otherwise the body has done well for its first year.
  14. Ride_There

    Ride_There Will ride for bacon.

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    If it is like my old Jetta, that "dent" may indicate the proper jacking point on the pinch weld. Check if there is a similar mark on the other side.
  15. jdiaz

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    Omigod! A clicking sound in cold weather?

    Prayers sent. :D
  16. NikonsAndVStroms

    NikonsAndVStroms Beastly Photographer

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    :lol3

    I know it's as minor as it gets and I'm happy about that.....I'll take this over the OMGz is my car dead!? Any day :nod

    It is getting a bit more frequent and staying longer though, on the Vortex a few are having similar issues with their TDI clutch pedals and VW dealers are replacing something though I can't remember off hand what it is.