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Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Volkswagen Passat, Sedan
Jan 07, 2006 (2:30 am)
My experiance with my 2000 Passat with 55k miles ...
My 2000 GLX 4Motion wagon is doing just fine (at 80,000 miles). The only things I have needed to replace out of warranty so far are a battery ($70 and 15 minutes including sales at Kragen's) and a couple of lights (a few bucks and 10 minutes including sales). I had a number of weaning problems, as quite typical for new model VWs (MAF sensor, gas tank sensor, seat memory) that were covered under warranty in the first few weeks of ownership. And a premature water pump failure, that was covered (but cost me some money for towing). OK, this is, as we all know, not the most reliable car on the planet - I have had about one warranty issue per year (including an oil leak). But my cost of ownership has been stellar, resale value alike (wasn't considered totalled in a severe $16,000 crash when parked in a parking lot), and safety is one of the best of any car of this model year (http://www.iihs.org/news/2005/iihs_sr_031505.pdf) ...
I am happy with this car - it drives and handles like a champ - makes me smile everytime I drive it.
#1790 of 1838 2007 Camry SE (V4) v. 2006 Passat (2.0T)
Apr 07, 2006 (3:32 pm)
I am trying to decide between the Camry SE (4 cyl.) and the Passat 2.0T. On paper, they seem to be very similar. I have not yet driven the Camry as they are reportedly flying off the lots but hear good things about it. Although the Camry has less hp, the Passat apparently has some reliability issues.
I'd appreciate any guidance.
#1791 of 1838 New Passat does not have reliability issues, yet.
Apr 10, 2006 (6:39 am)
It is new design so nobody can predict, but...
It has turbo charged direct injection engine. If you want to cut corners on maintenance this is not car for you.
#1792 of 1838 Re: 2007 Camry SE (V4) v. 2006 Passat (2.0T) [elchurro]
Apr 13, 2006 (9:46 pm)
Don't go to dealerships asking to drive a "V4", as they'll think you know nothing. 4 cylinder cars have "inline" engines, noted here as I-4 (or an inline-4).
#1793 of 1838 Re: 2007 Camry SE (V4) v. 2006 Passat (2.0T) [elchurro]
Apr 18, 2006 (4:24 pm)
I have a 2004 Passat and love it. I test drove the 2005 Camry - it was nice and smooth- but in my opinion did not grab the road the way the Passat does. Camry's seem to be very popular with the over 50 age group. It's a nice smooth ride - but I think you'll love the way a Passat drives.
Good luck with your decision.
#1794 of 1838 Re: 2007 Camry SE (V4) v. 2006 Passat (2.0T) [janetlacrosse]
Apr 18, 2006 (5:36 pm)
The old Camry shouldn't be compared to the current one - it had nowhere near the road feel a car should have; something someone has addressed previously. The new Camry should be much better.
#1795 of 1838 Re: Yoda, you are a complex individual... [janetlacrosse]
Apr 19, 2006 (6:49 am)
You were concerned with resale and bought a VW....that is ironic. And to talk about problems, ever heard of the sludge issue on the 1.8t????
#1796 of 1838 Re: Yoda, you are a complex individual... [fsowirles]
Apr 19, 2006 (3:28 pm)
Yes-I have heard of the sludge problem. I've read all about it - fortunately it is not a 2004 issue. And Yes- I doubt resale on a Sonata will not hold up to a VW. You come across very - having a bad day?
#1797 of 1838 Re: 2007 Camry SE (V4) v. 2006 Passat (2.0T) [thegraduate]
Apr 19, 2006 (3:32 pm)
This was a 2005 Camry. If the 2006 is a better feel - good for Toyota. I do notice 95% of the drivers are over 50 or 60. Perfect car for them.
#1798 of 1838 I have a 2003 W8 Passat and I am upgrading to a Camry
Apr 19, 2006 (3:57 pm)
I bought the W8 after trading ina a BMW 330i. I needed a little more room, and the Passat fit the bill. It has been relatively trouble free, other than going through 2 sets of break pads in 36,000 miles (probably a driver issue, although the car is heavy).
My only major complaint (and this probably isn't an issue with the new Passats) is that I get terrible, TERRIBLE gas mileage. I get about 13 mpg in the city, and the thing takes premium fuel only. Hence, I placed an order for a hybrid Camry.