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3.6 SE with Sunroof and Navigation by An MSN Autos Consumer on 04/05/2013. Trim: 2013 Volkswagen Passat 3.6L V6 SE w/Sunroof & Nav, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: The 3.6 offers excellent acceleration and good fuel economy. Interior room is excellent. Classy good looks inside and out. Quiet, smooth ride. Leatherette seats are comfy and built to last. Lots of pep from the 280 HP V-6 thanks to a relatively low curb weight of 3450 pounds.
Cons: No rear view camera or rear park sensors available on SE models. Air conditioned seats would be a nice option too. Styling may be too bland for some.
Overall review: Bought a 3.6 SE with Sunroof and Navigation. Drove both the SE and SEL models and decided I did not need the fancier seats and higher price of the SEL. The only other difference is a few chrome trim pieces and the rear view camera that the SEL gets. Watch out for the tires! SEL's have Michelins or Hankooks which were very quiet. Drove two SE's, one had Bridgestones which were VERY loud, bought the one that came with Continentals (as good as the SEL's Michelins for quietness). With a near 50/50 split of city/highway driving getting 24.5 MPG with fairly easy driving, can't resist the occasional burst though:) This is a very quick car with virtually no torque steer issues. Interior is very roomy for a car this size. Vehicle does many things very well. Happy with the purchase, oh and maintenance is covered for the first three years as a added bonus !
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An Excellent Commuter's Sedan by An Air Cooled Porsche Collector on 03/14/2013. Trim: 2013 Volkswagen Passat 2.0L TDI SE, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: 45+ mpg combined mileage for the first 5000+ miles of urban/suburban driving. 800+ miles between fuel stops. Lots of space for passengers and luggage. Decent performance, handling, and ride. Very good and consistent cruise control operation. Assembled in the U.S.A. with significant U.S.A. content
Cons: Slightly off-centered steering wheel and pedals from the driver's seat location.
Overall review: Terrific vehicle for commuting & long (500+ mile per day) trips.
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Awesome car. by tmlima on 03/10/2013. Trim: 2013 Volkswagen Passat 2.0L TDI SEL Premium, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: First the mileage. At under 6k miles I'm averaging 42mpg. I expect this to improve after first oil change. The DSG trans is very smooth. Regarding the 40k mile service, it is a fluid change that any DIY'er can do. The stereo is very good and navigation works very well. Car is very quite inside. After much research I decided on the TDI Passat because of mileage, strong engine and also the longevity of diesel engines. Yes I could have gone with a gas car that would get close to the same mileage, but it would be a tin can compared to the Passat. Diesel is more expensive, but most cars are tested with premium fuel to get those extra miles and also most require premium. Overall, excellent car.
Cons: Not much to dislike. All this is nit-picking. The navigation takes a few seconds to boot up. There is more road noise than I would like. But this is due to the tires that come on the car. The car doesn't come with heated steering wheel and no HID's. I'm really chocked at the lack of HID's because this is a luxury car. But again, this is really nit picking. 42 MPG's so far and expecting to get better.
Overall review: I absolutely love the car. As far as value goes, I couldn't beat it. Got an excellent deal on it.My monthly fuel savings covers the car payment. The rear seat is super roomy and the trunk is huge. I test drove many cars. Small 4cyl cars with similar mileage felt cheap and small. Hybrids didn't make sense because of the premium price and the cost to replace the batteries once they need replacing. The TDI Premium offers everything anyone needs in a car. I could get easily 800 miles out of every tank, but I choose to drive normal. This car has plenty of power despite the 140 hp spec. The torque is 240 lbs and that is what matters for normal driving. On the highway 80 mph feels like 40, and you can pass very easy and quickly. For people such as myself who drive more than the average person (i do 35k miles/yr) this car is perfect. It is absolutely awesome to take the car out and not be thinking about the mileage.
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2013 passat tdi sel by pizzaman from ohio on 03/03/2013. Trim: 2013 Volkswagen Passat 2.0L TDI SEL Premium.
Pros: excellent fuel mileage in tdi, build quality, made in america, comfortable, reliable.lots of leg room in front and huge leg room in rear seats.
Cons: tilt-telescoping steering wheel does not come down or out far enough, where the cruise control is mounted, price of dsg transmission service every 40k miles, dsg transmission takes getting used to
Overall review: overall very nice to drive and am considering buying it.
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Great car but still deciding by Jon Oklahoma City on 03/02/2013. Trim: 2013 Volkswagen Passat 2.0L TDI SE w/Sunroof.
Pros: I liked everything about this car, I test drove the TDI SE with sunroof and it was REALLY NICE! I never drove a TDI before and I have owned a number of 4 cylinder cars and the TDI had a lot of low end power and felt smooth on the freeway. I live in Oklahoma and the roads here are bad, but the road noise was not bad in the car. The seats were comfortable, they were heated and the inside of the car is huge! I am 6'3" and felt comfortable in the car. Then I got in the back seat with the seats pulled back and there was room for my legs!
Cons: Not being able to get an automatic without the sunroof. The inside is huge, but I have a long torso and my head brushes up against the ceiling with the seats lowered. The price is another thing I thought was high because I wanted a good car, but a cheaper price. A well made Honda and Nissan have comperable miles with gas and nearly the same price. The display in the car is not as refined as the accord or altima. Also, there is no backup camera which is standard in the Accord.
Overall review: Overall, the Passat TDI is a well made car that I wish was cheaper to offset the higher diesel pump price and the lack of a backup camera and USB port. The radio with XM was really nice and the room in the car cannot be beat! On the road, the car is responsive and the brakes are super sensitive. I would love to buy this car, but I am still torn between this car and the Altima and Accord. I would get the car in atuomatic, but without the sunroof and it does not come in that configuration.
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