2005 Volkswagen Passat Top Comparisons

Users ranked 2005 Volkswagen Passat against other cars which they drove/owned. Each ranking was based on 9 categories. Here is the summary of top rankings.

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2005 Volkswagen Passat GLS TDiReview
Srdjan writes:

Good Looking, Reliable Car — Good looking sedan, excellent on gas, or diesel. Considering that it's a TDI, it's got more power than I expected when I bought it. Braking could be a little better but it can pass, where as handling is pretty good. Gotta love how ESP does it's job when u lose control on snow, or wet surface. So far haven't had any problems with it. Had to change light bulbs a couple of times. Love how it keeps its value. Overall a very good car. Recommend it to anyone!

Pros: good on gas, keeps its value

Cons: not every gas station has diesel

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2005 Volkswagen Passat GLS TDiReview
Joolz writes:

Lovelly Car For Family Or Work It Pulls Its Weight — sleek and stylish with lots of knobs and buttons for keeping you amused during long journeys!!!! even a refrigerated glove box for keeping your drinks cool during the summer holiday traffic jams !!!

Pros: nice car for free

Cons: If i had to spend 17k on a car i think i would go for something a bit sportier but seing as we dont have to pay for it well worth it

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2005 Volkswagen Passat GLS WagonReview
NeilGJones writes:
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My 2nd Passat — I Loved my '96 Passat wagon, even drove it from Ohio to Alaska and back. So I upgraded to a used 2005 wagon. Everything works as it should. All features, systems seem to be operating just as VW designed. My kids think wagons are out of date, but in Europe this model and Audi equivalents are very popular. I like being able to put a lawnmower in back, golf clubs are easy, and road trips even for just 2 of us there is abundant space. Gas mileage is 23 around town, 28 on trips. At speeds of 50-55 it gets closer to 30. VW specifies super premium but I use mid-grade with no apparent problems.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Good economical car with lots of space in back and decent styling.

Cons: Brakes have never been great, even with fresh pads the car takes more effort to stop than other cars.

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2005 Volkswagen Passat GLS Review
EricGray says:
This is the worst car I have ever owned. Is there anything that doesnt break on this car? Headlight adjustments broke. They are very dim anyway, even with new bulbs. Heated seats malfunction - The drivers side burns your butt and will melt the vinyl if it is left on. The passenger side doesnt work. Secondary air system - The cheap plastic hose broke. Rear door lock actuator broke. Keyless entry malfunctions - The problem is with the electrical connections in the car, not the actual remote. Window switches malfunction - They get stuck. The contacts wear out on the switch. The engine leaks oil - Every gasket leaks. I repeat...EVERY gasket leaks. I just had them all replaced. Two years later...leaks, leaks, leaks. Engine coolant leaks. Where? IDK. I cant find the leak, but it leaks. The automatic transmission shift lever gets stuck sometimes, and the transmission shifts strange. The CV Joints and ball joints went bad. The AC fan quit working. The interior trim is painted plastic? It peels off. - Im sure that more will break soon. Stay away from 1998 - 2005 Passats.
vs2005 Honda Civic EX
2005 Volkswagen Passat GLS winning categories:
  • Power
  • Handling
  • Looks/Style
  • Front Seats
  • Back Seats
  • Cargo Capacity
  • Family Car
  • Value
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Reviews From Other Years

2022 Volkswagen Passat Reviews

Review By Joan

I bought the 2022 passat limited edition. I expected to get everything considering its well over a $1000 mor than the R-line, plus I got the red one and that an extra $400 almost for all models. Ther... Read More

2021 Volkswagen Passat Reviews

Review By Guru9CPRRJ

I love my Passat Just wish it was electric Read More

2020 Volkswagen Passat Reviews

Review By Guru91BYJ1

Compare with Ford Focus. Good value and well equipped. Read More

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Great car for a great price, I compared the Passat with Kia K5 and Toyota Camry Read More

2019 Volkswagen Passat Reviews

Review By William

Good value vehicle 2nd one for us. Holding onto the 2015 edition. Read More

Review By Andrew

High value, comfort, clean styling and very safe. Highly recommend. Read More

2018 Volkswagen Passat Reviews

Review By wrecklessflex

The 2018 Volkswagen Passat GT is a very special car. Unlike the rest of the Passats this one was designed for Volkswagen automotive enthusiast featuring a VR6 engine with 280HP and a Dual clutch tran... Read More

Review By Amy

I have always loved Volkswagen but this car went above all my expectations. There is nothing Im not in love with. Its the best car I have ever owned. Read More


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