VW did the same trick with this 7th generation Passat as with the Golf. It’s not a completely new model, but a profound facelift. It got more of a family look and things under the hood changed as well. However, the car’s base is the same as the 6th generation Passat. Most engines have a turbo. Of course the TDIs, but the gasoline engines as well. There are downsized TSIs, unless you choose the rare V6. ENGINES gasoline, diesel This 7th generation Passat was produced for a relatively short time. Its successor came after 3.5 years. Still, a lot are for sale. There are 600 on AutoScout24. A lot of diesels and Variant wagons. 2/3 is a diesel, 3/4 a wagon, and 28% has an automatic gearbox. That is a DSG with double clutch. There are a lot of Passats for sale with satnav and parking sensors. 3/4 of the cars has those handy things. Leather upholstery is more rare; about 1/4. Prices start at 13,000 euros. PRICES minimum, average, maximum VW went for quality with the Passat B7, because the previous generation has more problems. However, there are things to watch out for when buying this generation Passat. Look at the chrome strips surrounding the windows.This is foil, which may curl and look bad. That doesn’t look chic, so you can check these. There are a lot of complaints about a rattling dashboard. This car doesn’t have that. Listen carefully on a testdrive. Maybe it won’t bother you, but it can drive some people mad. It’s not always an easy fix. Then there are some problems with the 2.0 TDI. Leaking fuel filters, for example. You can check the engine bay for sludge and smells. The clutch for the 2.0 TDI can wear so bad, it takes down the manual gearbox with it. That’s an expensive fix, replacing both clutch and box. So, when you’re driving a 2.0 TDI with manual gearbox, check if it shifts gears without problems. The automatic double-clutch DSG gearbox has to change gears smoothly as well. Especially when it has the right temperature. The first yards may be a bit bumpy, but after that it should shift smoothly. The clutch is known to wear, so keep that in mind. The satnav systems, especially the bigger RNS 510 one, are wanted by thieves. A special lock, the RNS Navi Lock, was developed. It’s up to you if you want to use it. The satnav won’t be stolen from every Passat, but it’s known to happen.There are some specific points for the gasoline engines. The 1.4 TSI is the engine notorious for its chain problems.
The timing chain has a tensioner. It didn’t work right, especially with the previous generation Passat and other models back then. The chain may skip a tooth, ruining the engine. This generation should be less sensitive to that, but listen for rattling noises or strange warnings.If that happens, stop immediately and call road- side services, or you’ll need a very expensive fix. The 1.4 TSI has problems with the turbo as well. The lubrication needs to be in order. The thing gets very hot. There’s a fix, often performed with leniency. Keep that in mind when you got a 1.4 TSI with turbo problems. It’s known. We found this car at Wealer in Sittard. It’s still fresh. Not very exciting with those hubcaps, but that can be solved. It also has Das Welt warranty. THIS CAR Thanks to Wealer Sittard Subs – Maru .