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Audi A4, Volkswagen Passat, Sedan
#15 of 38 Re: Audi A4 2005.5 vs VW Passat 3.6 2006 [ask2]
Nov 17, 2005 (8:28 am)
I had a 2004 V6 Passat with tiptronic transmission, it was ok, then I drove the new 2006 3.6! Wow what a car!
I was in the dealership this past week for a scheduled service and a 2006 Passat 3.6 had just arrived. It came with the Sport Package II: Top of the line seats, fantastic radio with 6 disc CD, 17" rims, and a stiffer suspension. I bought the car, this car is absolutely fantastic.
I have driven Audis but, can not afford them. Plus the maintenance is quite a bit higher.
If I were you I would get a 3.6, try a test drive! You will love it. I recommend the Sport Package II, a big difference in the seats.
#16 of 38 Re: very true [jpvwaudi]
Nov 17, 2005 (11:38 pm)
I am a salesman myself, but enjoy taking the time to learn my craft and product; I tend to take a more consultive position with my clients.
Assuming you sell VWs, what do most buyers of the Passat say they're cross-shopping it with? This new Passat nearly prices itself out of Accord/Camry territory if you aren't careful with the options. It seems to be more of a competitor pricewise to the Avalon,300,Maxima etc. What do you think?
Jan 14, 2006 (5:53 pm)
I just purchased (Monday) my new A4, only option was leather seating surfaces, which consequently gives you a sunroof. Sticker was 31.6K, I paid 30K. I would have gone with the quattro, but I had to absorb 5K in negative equity in my trade.
I drove the Passat 3.6 with the SP and I liked the ride and Handling of the Audi better. The VW package options drove the sticker up to around 36K. Both vehicles are a blast to drive, but I tip my hat to the A4. Actually, on the fun meter, the A3 has them both beat (unless you throw quattro into the mix, then the A4 wins).
With the included scheduled maintenance, I think the A4 is a much better value for the money than the Passat.
#18 of 38 Re: Buy the VW !!! [roberte1]
Jan 15, 2006 (6:51 pm)
Well I have a 2003 Audi A6 2.7T which comes off lease at the end of 2006. It is my second one. They are wonderful cars and service is great. All around handling and comfort are superb. They fix any little thing you find. I have been looking at the 2.0T Passat, the A4 Avant 2.0T and the 2006 RAV4 since the sticker of the new A6 Avant is up around $51K and I would like a litte more hauliing space The Passat wagon is not out yet it seems. The Audi includes all service ,oil, brakes etc for 4 yrs and 50K miles. The only reason I am looking at the Passat is it is well equipped and about 5K less than the A4. I can certainly recommend the A4 if you can live with the size which is pretty good. One thing that make the Audi motors great is they have a very low and broad torgue band. Max torgue starts at 1800 rpm or so. The RAV4 V6 for example has to be at 4600 rpm or so for max torgue. So the Audi will accelerate nicely with out shifting down and reving up. This makes it a lot more quiet and enjoyable to drive. The 5 speed auto (6 speed ) now adds to that smoothness. And since it does not need to rev all the time, MPG is very good.
#19 of 38 Re: very true [jpvwaudi]
Jan 15, 2006 (8:34 pm)
I just traded my 2004 Maxima 3.5SE for a 2006 Passat 3.6L. The cars are nothing alike. As for torque steer--my maxima had it real bad, it is not noticeable in my passat.
#20 of 38 Re: Audi A4 2005.5 vs VW Passat 3.6 2006 [ask2]
Jan 31, 2006 (1:29 pm)
Remember that the Passat is on the market for a year in Germany now, so it's not really "brand-new" and the first flaws should have been resolved...
#21 of 38 Comparing the Wrong Cars
Feb 14, 2006 (5:18 pm)
I have a 2003 A4 Quattro that is nearing lease end. We are seriously considering a loaded 3.6 Passat to replace it. One of the major differences between the cars is size. The Passat is a mid size sedan, not a compact sport sedan, the Jetta is the equivalent here. Sit in the back seats and that will be immediately apparent. The quattro has been great, reliable and fun but it is small. Especially with a new baby seat in it! Unfortunately, we now live 2 1/2 hours from the nearest Audi dealership so maintenance is an issue too. The Passat drove awesome! Clearly a german car inside and out.
But it is a bigger heavier car that while comparably equipped to the A4, will never be able to match the driving feel of the lighter car. Bottom line, different cars that fit different needs.
Mar 17, 2006 (5:00 pm)
The problem I would have with the new Passats is the apparent cost cutting. The consistent high quality interior of past Passats is no longer there. Where there used to be chrome plated metal is now replaced with plastic and the acres of black plastic comes across as bleak.
I'm heartened to see that the Audi A3 for the most part keeps with Audi's high standards.
Mar 23, 2006 (11:32 am)
I had 2004 passat 4 motion for 2 years, and went into the dealer last week trade it to the new 3.6 passat 4motion~.
yeah it is different, faster, bigger, and younger exterior and interior. For audi, my friend has a 1.8t. what i found out is you pay a little bit more for audi because of the brand position. and also audi usually use newer techs than VW. But after all, no matter which one is better, it is all depends on how much you want to spend:) I choose Passat because i can't afford a audi A6....
#24 of 38 Re: Buy as you want~~ [larrycarlover]
Mar 24, 2006 (8:02 pm)
i have a 1.8t and next Tuesday my pain will end, i will pick up a 3.6 passat.