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2005 Volkswagen Passat Overview


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GL TDi Wagon
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GL Wagon
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GLS 4Motion
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GLS 4Motion Wagon
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GLS TDi Wagon
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GLS Wagon
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GLX 4Motion
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Avg. Price: $9,150
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4motion Awd + Utility + Handling = Supercar! by Tim
 — One of the best cars ever made. More cargo room (64 cu. ft.) than many SUVs, German Sport sedan handling, independent suspension for a nice ride and great control, and 4 Motion AWD to get through 55"... Read More
Vw Passat, The Best Semi-auto I've Driven! by Aaron
 — This TDi sport model has good performance for a semi-auto. It has good handling & 130BHp from a 1.9L diesel engine. Apart from the regular consumables, it never needs repairs. It's appearance shows th... Read More
2005 Vw Passat Tdi Gls - Yes - It's A Diesel!!! by Deborah
 — It's a Diesel!! What more can I say about 40 mpg every week! With the Turbo Lag I can pass people easily without losing too much fuel efficiency. Cost of ownership is great - minimal repairs, just r... Read More

2005 Volkswagen Passat Overview

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2005 Volkswagen Passat

In anticipation of a redesign in 2006, Volkswagen made few changes to the Passat sedans and wagons for 2005, other than dropping the top-of-the-line 8-cylinder W8 and moving a few standard features around a little.

The entry-level Passat GL trim package was vailable with either a standard 1.8-liter, 170-hp 4-cylinder gas engine or the 2.0-liter, 134-hp 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel (TDI) engine, which was introduced in 2004. Stepping up a notch, the GLS was also available with either the 4-cylinder gas or the 4-cylinder diesel engine. The top-of-the-line Passat for 2005 was the GLX, which came with a 2.8-liter, 190-hp V6 engine.

As far as transmissions were concerned, a five-speed manual was standard in the GL and GLS gas engine Passats as well as in the GLX, while a five-speed automatic was matched with the GL and GLS diesels. The automatic was available as an option on the models that came standard with a manual transmission.

Standard features for the Passat GL included air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, anti-lock brakes, traction control, front and side airbags, and an audio system with cassette and CD players. The GLS added a sunroof and alloy wheels, while the GLX added leather seats, which were heated in the front, among other features. VW's 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system was available on certain GLS and GLX models.

Overall, drivers' impressions of the 2005 Volkswagen were favorable, with the car's handling, power/performance, safety features and fuel economy being cited as positive points. However, quality issues crept in again, with some drivers noting that their cars required frequent and expensive repairs.


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