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Old 16th December 2008, 21:53   #1
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I was wondering that on this such a wonderful Forum there is hardly one Passat owner.
I just do not understand why people dont buy a Volkswagen Passat when they invest 22-24 lacs of rupees.

Yesterday I saw 3 Skoda Superb's waiting for registration in the RTO.
My point in saying is that I dont dislike Superb OR the Camry but not even one of them buy a Passat. Is there any problem with the car?

I am a regular reader of Overdrive and Autocar and both of them have Passat as their longterm car and the praise the car for its Comfort, Ride and handling characteristics.

Passat and Audi A4 are my most desired and Favourite cars.
In the future if luck favours I would buy either the Passat or the Audi A4 for sure, A4 to the lesser extent.

I just love the Passat and now since people like buying a generation old Skoda compared to its bigger and better cousin Passat I do not understand.

Same is the case with Jetta and Laura but that is different altogether.

Can some Fellow Bhpians throw some light on this because I would any day buy a Passat
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There are 2 Passat owners on team-bhp.

https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/long-...red-india.html

https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/test-...iesel-dsg.html

Also the reviews indicate that there are problems with the car.

https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/india...ems-alert.html
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Old 16th December 2008, 22:04   #3
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Can some Fellow Bhpians throw some light on this because I would any day buy a Passat
Oh boy! where were you ? more here (VW Passat - Problems Alert!)
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As pointed out by Ajmat, a thread was started by GTO on the reliability issues with Passat. ACI reported that the engine drinks oil in surprisingly good quantities. This is not true with even the bigger motors from BMW and Merc. How come this car has that appetite. Also issues with respect to DSG gearbox were reported.

And to make the matters worse, the engine is noisy. Nobody in that segment would tolerate a noisy engine. For the same money they can have Accord ( less money ) or Camry, both of which have refined nature.

I think Passat should come with the new CRDi that is being sold with their small SUV Tiguan. This will give boost in sales. Also the image of Skoda has made the entry of VW difficult as can be seen from less than expected sales of Jetta and Passat.
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I am hopeful all the worries with the car will change once we have the new version launched in the coming year. VW better put their act together before India bands them as a problem company, which in case that happens will be tough to get away from.

Knowledge of the next version coming in a short time may also be dissuading prospective buyers.
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personally i dont like the looks of the passat i rather prefer the camry :P or the skoda superb but expect things to change after the launch of the new passat cc which looks pretty stunning actually its a 4 door coupe.
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I was wondering that on this such a wonderful Forum there is hardly one Passat owner.
I just do not understand why people dont buy a Volkswagen Passat when they invest 22-24 lacs of rupees.

Yesterday I saw 3 Skoda Superb's waiting for registration in the RTO.
My point in saying is that I dont dislike Superb OR the Camry but not even one of them buy a Passat. Is there any problem with the car?

I am a regular reader of Overdrive and Autocar and both of them have Passat as their longterm car and the praise the car for its Comfort, Ride and handling characteristics.

Passat and Audi A4 are my most desired and Favourite cars.
In the future if luck favours I would buy either the Passat or the Audi A4 for sure, A4 to the lesser extent.

I just love the Passat and now since people like buying a generation old Skoda compared to its bigger and better cousin Passat I do not understand.

Same is the case with Jetta and Laura but that is different altogether.

Can some Fellow Bhpians throw some light on this because I would any day buy a Passat

Sir, there are some issues with the Passat:
1) VW is not pushing it enough.
2) It looks somewhat similar to the lower priced Jetta.
3) It's priced uncomfortably close to BMW 3 Series and Mercedes Benz C Class.
4) I've driven a Jetta and liked it over my Laura, and the price difference is not that much. But look at the Superb and the Passat: Passat is short on size, engine capacity and is pricier.

I seriously think the new Superb shall nail the coffin for Passat in India.
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the only chance for the passat is if VW comes up with a competent ( and reasonably priced A.S.S for themselves) - not likely!
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