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#8221 of 8275 Considering a 2004 VW Passat Turbo Wagon
Jun 27, 2009 (4:14 pm)
I currently have a Jetta Wagon and am considering a Passat for more space. I'm not set on having a Turbo engine, but found an '04 for sale that's a good price. I'm hoping to learn more about the Turbo engine and if there's anything I should be concerned about or look out for. The car has had regular oil changes at the dealership. The oil pump was just replaced, I don't know the details on why. Any suggestions, cautions, concerns? Thanks in advance! Lisa
#8222 of 8275 Re: Considering a 2004 VW Passat Turbo Wagon [lisava]
Jun 28, 2009 (5:12 am)
I owned a 2001 Passat Wagon V6 (not the 4-motion). Ample power at 190 horse and the torq was great. Wagon was ~3600lbs IIRC. I havnt driven the Turbo models, but I dont think I would get a wagon with only a 4 cylinder Turbo.
#8223 of 8275 Re: Considering a 2004 VW Passat Turbo Wagon [lisava]
Jun 28, 2009 (9:35 am)
My concern about that oil pump replacement is because the engine oil sludged and clogged the pump's screen. Mmmmm, I'd be careful about this one. Sadly, regular oil changes at the dealership doesn't mean that the correct oil was used throughout the car's life. If they can't provide proof of synthetic oil in the correct grade meeting VW Spec 502.00, I'd pass on it.
#8224 of 8275 Re: 2003 vs 2005 [edsmith3]
Jun 29, 2009 (8:07 pm)
I'd go with the '03 and use part of the savings to buy snowtires mounted on steel wheels if you're concerned about traction and your son will be diving a lot in the snow.
The 4-motion really does not make a big difference compared to FWD and in the Passat, it prevents you from having fold down rear seats.
#8225 of 8275 Safefy, passat better?
Jul 12, 2009 (8:20 pm)
For safety, is passat better than fusion and fusion better than accord?
Also, how will passat take care of engine sluge issue if I bought a second hand passat from dealership and could not approve all oil change?
#8226 of 8275 engine sludge is only for 1.8T engine?
Jul 12, 2009 (8:22 pm)
is that 1.8T engine the only one met sluge problem? Does anyone meet this problem with a 05 TDI engine? Thanks.
#8227 of 8275 Diminishing Fuel Economy
Jul 13, 2009 (4:46 pm)
Own a 2003, 1.8T, 60K miles. Gas mileage has declined about 25% in last year. Car runs perfect and even had VW look at it. Found nothing wrong. Use Premium gas. Any ideas?
#8228 of 8275 Re: Diminishing Fuel Economy [tomj2]
Jul 14, 2009 (7:22 am)
I was told to always use premium gas. Check your manual. I owned a v6 GLS wagon. Your turbo will be effected even more. You should see significant drop in HP
#8229 of 8275 Re: Diminishing Fuel Economy [jasonallison]
Jul 14, 2009 (8:11 am)
Thanks for reply, Jason. I've always used premium but it has still lost fuel economy.
#8230 of 8275 question for tomj2
Jul 14, 2009 (9:31 am)
Have you changed tires?
What about air filter?
Stuck hand brake?
I think I run out of ideas.
PS One more: different oil?