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#3199 of 3340 Purchasing either a Brand New 2010 Passat Wagon or a 2008 Mercedes R350
Dec 30, 2010 (12:11 am)
I want to get some feedback on the maintanence costs of the 2010 Passat Wagon. I am in the market for a new or new used car. Right now I am considering either a brand new 2010 Passat wagon or a 2008 Mercedes R350 (31,000 miles). THe Passat is on clearance and is going for a great price of $27,519. THe Mercedes is going for $28,999. I have always loved the look of the Volkswagon products but I want to get some feedback on the reliability and the maintanence costs. Current VW owners please provide me with some feedback. My husband would rather have me buy a new car instead of getting a used Mercedes.
#3200 of 3340 Re: Purchasing either a Brand New 2010 Passat Wagon or a 2008 Mercedes R350 [mel101]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Dec 30, 2010 (8:22 am)
Have you driven the R350? It is big & heavy, with a large turning radius, and, IMO, not that great visibility.
I'll let current owners comment on the reliability of their VW wagons, but neither is likely to come without issues. The difference with the VW is that you'll have the full warranty to start with.
#3201 of 3340 Re: Purchasing either a Brand New 2010 Passat Wagon or a 2008 Mercedes R350 [kirstie_h]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Dec 30, 2010 (10:17 am)
If you want a German car, you want as much warranty as you can pack into it, IMO, new or used.
#3202 of 3340 Re: Purchasing either a Brand New 2010 Passat Wagon or a 2008 Mercedes R350 [mel101]
Dec 30, 2010 (11:17 am)
We just traded my wife's 2007 Passat in on a 2008 R350. The Passat started to crap the bed in the last 5,000 miles of 47,000
#3203 of 3340 Re: Purchasing either a Brand New 2010 Passat Wagon or a 2008 Mercedes R350 [skoidat69]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Dec 30, 2010 (12:22 pm)
I have some friends with a Passat over 100K and it's been (generally) a very good car for them---however, it is eating oil at a pretty good clip now. I can't say that their repair and maintenance costs have been burdensome but the car definitely shows it age.
#3204 of 3340 Re: Purchasing either a Brand New 2010 Passat Wagon or a 2008 Mercedes R350 [mel101]
Dec 30, 2010 (5:07 pm)
Don't do it. Don't buy that Passat garbage can. Run, don't walk.
#3205 of 3340 Re: 2003 Passat dead [photodad3855]
Dec 30, 2010 (9:17 pm)
OH Photodad so sorry to hear about the death of your Passat. My 03' is the love of my car life. She is my fourth automobile ever; and upon purchase I swore to follow EVERY service necessary to suck the life out of this vehicle (to the best of my abilities). I usually check out online forums; and but the hell out of my certified VW mechanics about what is needed to put the kind of years and milage on her that I want. I bought her summer of 02' and we just passed 92K. Now it was drilled into my head at 80k START SAVING for the timing belt. Once it goes; well you know...you're dead in the water. I finally just had the job done this week and feel like the weight of the Earth is off my shoulders. I was raised by a GM man but had a father into Kraut cars and learned one thing. If you take care of them; you'll get what you want out of them. I will NEVER go any other way again. I've driven American, Japanese, and now German. LOVE IT! VW for life :0) Or at least another 92K.
A little surprised by the CV joints comment; really? Oh and the water leak was common and quite easy to fix. Any of the guys at the dealership could have walked out and cut the tips bigger at the end of the water drainage tubes that by design were just too small. Oh and were you going to garages that had Audi or VW mechanics? (other than the dealers?) Just curious. I would not take my baby to someone who didn't know how to properly service her. Audi and VW's are severely over engineered (which is fine and I'm quite thankful), so it takes a certified tech to know your car. Just sayn.
#3206 of 3340 Need Advice: Should I keep my 2002 passat?
Dec 31, 2010 (6:39 am)
#3207 of 3340 Need Advice: Should I keep my 2002 passat?
Dec 31, 2010 (6:39 am)
I have a 2002 sationwagon, 120,000 miles.
Few questions for all of you who know WAY MORE about cars than me:
1. My engine light went on- they say- air compressor needs to be fixed... I am wondering if it is worth putting another repair into this car that has been in steady need of one little thing after another.
How many miles can I expect to drive this thing?
2. Also, I never replaced the timing belt.. guess I should do that if I keep the car. Yes?
3. There are about three small patches of body rust-- any tips on how to tackle this myself and save the expense of paint jobs?