2008 Volkswagen Passat User Reviews

2008 Volkswagen Passat Review Ratings

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  • Performance:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5
  • Appearance:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5
  • Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5

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"ride" 19 reviews
"fuel economy" 15 reviews
"power" 11 reviews
"comfortable car" 8 reviews
"interior" 7 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 5 reviews
"power" 5 reviews
"expensive car" 3 reviews

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LateToTheParty7 writes:
2008 Volkswagen Passat VR6 4Motion Review
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5

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It's a nice combination of style, comfort, and user-friendly that makes driving fun.

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I've only had it for a few days but premium gas is recommended and can be costly. I put in $25 bucks at slightly less than 1/4 tank and only got up to a little  less than 3/4. I'm guessing a full tank fill up would cost upwards of $50. Time to renew that Costco membership.

LateToTheParty7
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A Fun And Sylish Vehicle To Drive — Overall, this is more than adequate for my needs and makes the daily commute fun. It's a blast to drive on the highway and at night because of both external and internal lights. If I remember, I'll update this as my use increases and issues are encountered. Pros: User Interface: It looks great on the inside and out and has a lot of nice features which add both fun and functionality. The inside illuminates well at night and the displays are very readable. The owner's manual is pretty detailed but easy to follow, and walks you through the many useful features such as: remembering up to three driver settings that are keyed to the remote, lighting timing adjustments, lots of storage, etc. The controls are easy to use and are probably more than the average driver would make use of. Handling: It accelerates very nicely to the point you won't even feel like you're going as fast as you are so you'll have to watch your speedometer closer than normally. Braking was a little touchy at first but easy to adapt to. It's also extremely comfortable to drive in and has good leg/head space in the back, at least if you're 6' tall or shorter. It hugs the road very nicely and is very responsive to driver input. Sound: The sound system is great and I find myself having to turn down the volume most of the time, and the steering wheel controls are both convenient and safer to use than reaching down to adjust the cd manually. Cons: Handling: It can feel heavy when making turns and taking corners and can feel sluggish at low (apartment complex) speeds. Safety: Checking over your shoulder or through the rear window is hindered by the seats and it's difficult to set the side mirrors as far out to the side of the vehicle while keeping them parallel to the ground to give blind spot clearance. Interior Cleaning (speculative): I suspect that given the leather interior it would not be ideal for families with little kids as spills are bound to happen.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Mark writes:
2008 Volkswagen Passat Turbo Review
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Good on fuel and has heeted seats to keep my old ass warm.

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Not an Audi.

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Fox Car — Car does what I need it to do but the colour is not what I ordered. VW UK not interested in helping me out. What a load of C#*P. On the positive it has a huge boot to fit all the kids in. Leather seats are great and the I-pod attachment works better than the Audi.

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Rick writes:
2008 Volkswagen Passat VR6 4Motion Review
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Perfect size

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Great features

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Sexy Wagon — The Germans make wagons look and drive cool. Don't know why most people go for clunky SUVs where they can get the same "volume" in a cool wagon that runs circles around them and gets better mileage. Beside, everyone else has a large, clunky SUV. I wanted to be a little different. This car says "me".

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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robertf624 writes:
2008 Volkswagen Passat Komfort Review
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Does more than it's supposed to.

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Combined MPG's at 20-21 = half the Smart, ten times the car

robertf624
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Run It, Run It, Run It. — This is a keeper. Run it all day anywhere any way it doesnt matter. Classy looks, easily holds its own with 3's & 5's and C's and E's. Paddle shifters on the 6-speed, autohold, no turbo lag, Vegas and back @ 30-plus MPG's. Seats more comfortable than the ones in the den and well-balanced, balanced ride. Reliable as it gets.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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davidvw writes:
2008 Volkswagen Passat Komfort Review
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This car is full of features, drives so smooth, quick 2.0T turbo, excellent fuel economy, so much interior space... there is really nothing to complain about at all

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Nothing.. Love it!

davidvw
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Best Driving Vehicle I Have Ever Owned — This car got me from the first drive. The steering, the pick up and go, hugs the road, great economy... 25 to 27 in town... 33-35 on freeway. I cant stand getting out of this vehicle. The only thing i want to do is add a remote start

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Nitroman writes:
2008 Volkswagen Passat Turbo Review
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Nitroman
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Honey, Please Let Me Drive Your Car. — My wife called me from the Volkswagon dealership to inform me that she was purchasing a new 2008 Passat, 2.0L Turbo. I had read about them and even suggested she look at one, so I was cool with that. I had no idea how cool car this is. I liked it from the minute I first saw it. It is smartly styled and a bit of chrome to add some punch. The Goodyears keep it planted and the tailights look expensive, which is what most vehicles will be looking at, as you pass them. The more I explored it, the more I liked it. The shift paddles and 6 speed tip-tronic transmission are the bomb. It takes full advantage of the 200hp under the hood. It is more fun to drive than the 2002MY Accord she traded in. After sunset you are delighted to a beautifully illuminated instrument cluster. If it weren't for the sunroof, I would only drive at night. There are enough storage compartments to get a squirrel through winter. Dial back the sunroof, pull up the window shades and play with the package containment system in the trunk and you will quickly realize that this vehicle was thought out well in advance and executely perfectly. When my wife went shopping for a new car that morning, I was fairly certain she would return with a new Accord. The fact is that she walked out of the Honda, Toyota and Pontiac dealerships before landing at VW. I am glad she did. I could not have picked out a better car myself. Check it out.

Owner for 0 years, 1 months

Miles Driven per Year:15,000

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KevinHolder writes:
2008 Volkswagen Passat Turbo Review
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Great car! First Volkswagen for me, but I do love German engineering!

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wish I had sunroof, but hey you can't have everything!

KevinHolder
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Named The Car "black Betty" It Is Black On Black! — Great car, I really have missed driving stick. I forgot how much fun it is. The car has very good sports handling and corners very well. The acceleration is great, and the when the turbo kicks in, you can really feel it pull. Really nice interior and exterior. I really enjoy and love this car!!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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bbbyenow writes:
2008 Volkswagen Passat Turbo Review
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Great styling, very comfortable

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Poor drivetrain, very unreliable

bbbyenow
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Worst Car I've Ever Owned — After owning several Volvo Wagons, I though it time for a change. I went with my wife to a VW Dealership while she was looking for a new car. In the showroom was a brand new 2008 Passat Wagon. I was not really familiar with the model but once I sat in it, looked at the fit and finish, I was quite impressed. I took it for a test drive, and was even more impressed. The price was substantially lower than that of the Volvo. Now less than 2 years later, I can honestly say that it is without a doubt the worst car I have ever owned. It all started out last winter when the dealer installed a set of winter tires and rims. Immediately after driving it off the lot there was a tremendous amount of noise and vibration. After several trips back to the dealer and being told that this was normal for snow tires I went to another dealership. They said that the lug nuts were not correct for the rims - and oh by the way, your transmission has some play in it and we'll have to replace it - less than 30,000 kms. Went back to the dealership who installed the snows and they eventually changed the lug nuts, and put a new set of tires on the car. It was better, but there was still noise. In the spring I put the summer tires back on and had the car serviced. Again complained about the noise and vibration. According to the dealer - everything checks out. The noise is now getting unbearable. Took it back to the dealer. This time they replaced the wheel bearings. A little better, but not right. They are now saying it's uneven tire wear. The tires were not rotated properly! All service has been down on schedule by VW Dealers. Two weeks later I'm driving along the QEW in Toronto during rush hour and I loose all power. Of course I'm in the outside lane and because of the construction there is no shoulder to pull off on to. The car gets towed to my dealer and I am told that the driveshaft has failed - new driveshaft is installed. STILL NOT RIGHT. Everyone who gets into the car asked about the noise. Today I called VW Customer Service to express my concerns about the quality of the vehicle and was told that as long as the dealer was fixing the problems that there is nothing that they can do. The car now has 45,000 kms on it.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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tallfrothy1 writes:
2008 Volkswagen Passat Turbo Review
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Style is fantastic

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Gas Mileage could be better but the turbo doesnt help

tallfrothy1
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Vw Is Amazing — LOVE THIS CAR!! Its sleek and and has much more pickup than im used to in a sedan. Would recommend this car to anyone who wants something fast as well as stylish. Gas mileage is a con but not a deal breaker.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Tiff5516 writes:
2008 Volkswagen Passat Komfort Review
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Great reliable good looking car!

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Not big enough for a family if 4, with two car seats.

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Awesome And Clean — I bought this car after having a 5 series BMW, and I have to say I was pretty impressed with how it drove and how comfortable it was. I was of course nervous it would be a nori bile downgrade, but it really wasn't. The car was originally for just me and my at the time 3 year old son, it worked for us until we expanded our family by two. This passat will definitely be missed if we get lucky enough to get it sold.

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