2008 Volkswagen Passat User Reviews

2008 Volkswagen Passat Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 40 reviews

  • 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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PROS
"ride" 18 reviews
"fuel economy" 15 reviews
"power" 11 reviews
"comfortable car" 7 reviews
"interior" 7 reviews
CONS
"power" 5 reviews
"fuel economy" 4 reviews
"expensive car" 2 reviews

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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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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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davidvw writes:
2008 Volkswagen Passat Komfort Review
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5

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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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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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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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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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Martin writes:
2008 Volkswagen Passat Komfort Review
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Economical, comfortable and most dependable car!

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Don't get the 'bog' standard trim..... spec up!

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Does Everything It Says On The Tin! — Performance - being a diesel it's quite brisk, especially mid range with ample acceleration in 3rd and 4th likewise cruizing in top gear (6th) along a motorway stretch. The brakes are sharp with good feel/response. Being a basic spec, handling is comfortable and responsive with some body roll on the softer non sport spring and dampers. Grip is lacking from the front end on the cheap tires at the moment, b ut I guess this would improve with a better brand tyre! The front seats are my biggest disappointment. They lack support and if cornering with 'gusto', you feel as though you are slipping out of the side. Although it has normal forward/backward and height adjustment including a good lumber adjustment/support, there is no tilt adjustment to give you a more 'planted/secure feel to the driving position which otherwise is excellent. Build quality seems to be typical VAG. Although I have noticed a rattle every now and again from the dashboard on the passenger side. Love the styling interior and out! It's neither shouting out or bland..... It's functional with a little sophisticated style. On short journey's around town I get about 600 miles from the tank. If doing long distance I am returning closer to 790 miles a tank which I thought was quite good! Never thought of the Passat (2.0TDI) as having a 'fun factor' but rather as a comfy cruizer that can pull it's weight if one needs to get a move on taking the roads in it's stride. It's certainly not a sports car, but a reliable family or exec car that is totally dependable! If I wanted a sports car, I'd have bought one!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Leendert writes:
2008 Volkswagen Passat Komfort Review
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Big car even for tall people.

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Motor could use some extra punch.

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Passat 1.9 Tdi 105 Bhp — Perfomance: I got the 1.9 diesel motor with 105 BHP and it's just a little less for this car. Build Quality is very good no issues there Appearance, although I love the Audi interior more this is quite OK, the exterior is quite nice. Gas Mileage is ok but I guess there are cars who can do better. The car is not a car with a high fun factor it's to big for that :)

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Foued writes:
2008 Volkswagen Passat Komfort Review
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2008 Volkswagen Passat — Passat presents a comfortable and upscale cabin. Passats come very well equipped with safety features. Fuel economy ranges from very good. I love this car. Excellent build quality, comfortable, quiet, good MPG, and some really nice features.

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Jason writes:
2008 Volkswagen Passat Turbo Review
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The Passat has not lost it's touch with performance roots, even with a wagon. I would highly recommend this vehicle to anyone who is looking for more space but doesn't want a Minivan or thirsty SUV

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Things that should be standard in this day and age and are not. Such as Bluetooth, Keyless access and start. Or even remote starters. I guess I don't have to much to complain about.

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Not Your Typical Grocery Getter Any Longer!! — I think Volkswagen has finally got the kinks worked out of their cars. After owning many VW's, this newest generation has put the faith back into me. Now it's just time to spread the word. VW is Back Baby! And it's better and faster then ever before. Oh and it still gets a modest 30mpg

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2014 Volkswagen Passat Reviews

One Of The Best Sedans On The Road. By Ventura

I've driven a lot of cars and this is one of my all time favorites. The Passat TDI even as a base car comes nicely loaded, the SEL has some added luxuries that make longer drives even nicer. The inter... Read More

Good Family Car By cindimarie2

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2013 Volkswagen Passat Reviews

Better Than A Prius By Ragneish

Awesome gas mileage, avg. 42 around town and 48 on the highway. I love the style/looks, passenger room is huge in the front and back seats. Monster trunk, fun to drive, although not a race car, the... Read More

Great Vehicle, Highly Recommended And Would Definitely Buy Again. By Cdallaird

Great car. Would definitely recommend to anybody looking for a larger vehicle. I had looked at a jetta, but wanted something a bit bigger. I use the space. I am a volunteer firefighter/EMT and FT EMT.... Read More

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2012 Volkswagen Passat Reviews

Great Value And Sexy!! By christycritter79

There is not too much not to like about this vehicle, all of its reviews and receive 5 stars for just about every category.the car is one of the most cleanest emissions vehicles in the country let a... Read More

Good Family Car By Chrismax

Good gas mileage, lots of room for a family. 2012 model year did not have back up cam or rear seat a/c vents which is a must with kids in the back seat. would recommend the Passat. Carefree mainten... Read More

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2010 Volkswagen Passat Reviews

3d Passat And No Wonder! By nedm

This 2010 is truly the last of the good performance Passats. VW blew it with the underpowered 2012+. It is simply a blast to drive. The 2.0L turbo w/ 200 hp is amazingly responsive and FAST! No wonder... Read More

It Has So Many Options You Wont Be Disappointed! By Robertg13

It is an amazing car. The quaility is superior to many cars produced today and has much more than many that are 15 to 20K more. No one will be disappoint when they have a car that is like this. Read More

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2009 Volkswagen Passat Reviews

My Impression Of Her Has Declined Steadily. By Steve2xsv

Timing belt at 70k, sewing machine idle. Turbo is nice but I stepped out of an E-class Mercedes. It's gotten too small for two growing boys and their accoutrement. Performs well in snow with proper ... Read More

Audi Styling & Handling At Vw Pricing. By skyhawk182

Couldn't be happier with the Passat Wagon. Large storage use, handles like a dream and wonderful styling inside and out (but of course the 2012 version has been dummied down to look and drive like a ... Read More

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