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Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Volkswagen Passat, Sedan
#1778 of 1838 Re: Yoda, you are a complex individual... [jefferyg]
Nov 14, 2005 (5:05 pm)
I just bought a 2004 Passat, after extensive research online, and test driving the Passat/Camry/Sonata/Altima.
Camry was nice, too soft of a ride. Sonata was very nice, but couldn't get excited about owning a Sonata, and I also was concerned about resale. Altima, I didn't like this car at all. Loud, interior weird slope.
Drove the Passat, LOVED it,,,,,a bit more money, but very very happy with my decision. I am getting 34mpg on a two hour highway trip. The drive is fast, fun, and the handling is terrific. Blue dashboard lights at night are awesome to look at, and easy on your eyes.
My coworker that bought a camry last year is kicking herself for not getting the passat.
(honda is in too many driveways, I didn't even bother test driving, too boring)
Since the 04 was on a VW lot, and it was a certified vehicle, you get the remaining warranty, PLUS two more years, and new car interest rates.
I was afraid of the Passat when I test drove the 2002, then read all the electrical problems, the 2004 ratings are much much better.
#1779 of 1838 VW, you love them, they hate you
Nov 25, 2005 (10:14 am)
My experiance with my 2000 Passat with 55k miles
Front end bearing: $700 right at the end of the two year warrantee
Map sensor(or whatever they call it): recall
Secondary air injector pump $700, (now again on its way out)
Power steering pump: $380
Tie rods: several hundred
Busted windshield washer (dealer offered $360 repair)
It now has developed a nasty front end shimmy to complement the low speed engine stumble.
Even our 93 Eurovan didn't start falling (expensively) apart until 80k miles.
#1780 of 1838 Re: 06 Passat: Drive It - You'll love it [yodaroni]
Dec 20, 2005 (5:21 pm)
So, yeah go buy that Korean thing, you will be ing
I am not in the market for a Korean car, as I already have a very reliable Honda. The only crying car owners I have seen since our Chrysler of the 90s, was a dear family friend Charlotte who has a New Beetle, and has spent THOUSANDS on her car. This isn't acceptable, considering I've never spent a total of $1,000 on my 10 year old car with 155,000 miles on it. She has a 2000 model with 40,000 miles! Pitiful. She is ready to trade her car in, but is a little reluctant, because she just poured $2,200 grand into it, and wants a little more time out of it before dumping it off.
BTW: What is auto hold?
Dec 20, 2005 (10:58 pm)
is a nifty little feature. Say you stop going up a hill. You reach down and press the auto hold button right next to the shifter and it engages the brakes to hold the car on the incline. When you step on the gas it automatically releases the brakes. It works whether you are going up or down a hill.
Sorry about your friends problems with her beetle, but if you'll note my earlier post, the new Passat (and I believe all VWs) now has a much better warranty.
#1782 of 1838 Re: Auto Hold... [jefferyg]
Dec 21, 2005 (12:00 pm)
"...You reach down and press the auto hold button right next to the shifter and it engages the brakes to hold the car on the incline. When you step on the gas it automatically releases the brakes..."
"The more things change, the more they stay the same." I've wondered for fifty-five years when some auto company would get around to resurrecting a feature originally patented by Studebaker... When I was five years old, our 1950 Studebaker Champion (equipped with a pavement scorching 80 hp L-head six-cylinder engine) had what was advertised as "Hill-Holder". But, I guess it wasn't as well thought-out as "Auto Hold", since Studebaker cheaped out by not including some stupid button the driver had to remember to push to engage it - "Hill-Holder" was fully automatic to the most recent full stop braking force until the accelerator pedal was depressed. For the seven years dad owned that bullet-nosed car, "Hill-Holder" worked faultlessly.
Dec 28, 2005 (2:50 pm)
The VW Jetta won the comparo in the Feb. 2006 Car and Driver Magazine. It beat out the Acura TSX, Honda Accord EX V-6, Mazdaspeed 6, and Pontiac G6 GTP.
#1784 of 1838 Re: C&D Comparo [bjbird2]
Dec 28, 2005 (3:05 pm)
Thanks - we appreciate the information, but please don't post it in multiple discussions - thanks.
#1785 of 1838 Re: C&D Comparo [bjbird2]
Dec 29, 2005 (12:30 pm)
"The VW Jetta won the comparo in the Feb. 2006 Car and Driver Magazine."
So, how have VWs fared over the past four or five years in CR's owner-rated reliability comparos?
#1786 of 1838 Re: C&D Comparo [bjbird2]
Dec 29, 2005 (8:43 pm)
which version of the Jetta was this? I have heard great things about the Mazdaspeed6 so would expect it to lift the trophy. Also, why doesn't the Jetta then make it to the 10Best list ahead of the Accord?
#1787 of 1838 Re: C&D Comparo [03accordman]
Jan 06, 2006 (7:34 am)
I think it was the Jetta GLI.