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Re: Anyone have any experience with the '06 Passat?
Well, I did an extensive demo of a new '06 Passat 2.0T last night. I came away impressed.
The fit and finish, precise switchgear, perfect alignment of body panels, taught ride, torquey turbo motor w/ no perceptible lag, depth and gloss of the paint, etc. were all noteworthy.
The car's interior is really well put together and the overall design is, well, highly refined and obviously European.
The 280 hp 3.6L AWD Sport model is the one to die for. A truly kick ass leather interior with deeply bolstered seats (which appear lifted straight out of a Porche Carrera) is superb... add in 17" wheels, navigation, satellite radio, roof, yadda yadda, and you've got yourself one trick looking high performance, luxury sport sedan.
Despite the fact the Passat feels like the proverbial bank vault and is loaded with cool standard features (even at the 2.0T trim level as sampled), I'm a little nervous about some of the feedback ref. reliability and maintenance.
While I feel that even a mid-grade Passat holds a little more panache than the ubiquitous CamCords you see everyplace you look, I have experienced what it's like to own a "character filled vehicle" (my Monster S4 Senna). I'm not sure the reliability trade off is worth it.
Sidebar: Maybe the Lexus IS350 would be the best of both worlds, flash + Jap reliability, though they seem to be commanding close to 40K here in the Omaha market. Ick.
I'm going to have to test a few more cars. I've got the luxury of time on my side. I just have to decide on how to list the Ram. Perhaps autotrader.com
Last edited by Chain; 01-08-2006 at 9:03 AM.