5th Gen (2006 – 2010) Volkswagen Passat Problems

The 5th generation of the Passat has a cumulative PainRank™ of 20.04. That can be compared against other Volkswagen generations. Shopping for a Volkswagen? You should avoid this generation like the plague that it is.

Owners of the 2006–2010 Passat model years have sent in 211 complaints on CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most common below. Most are about the engine (35%) followed by the electrical (11%) and the fuel system (9%).

Comparing Years in This Generation

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Volkswagen model years.

Watch out for the 2006 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Reliability PainRank (?)
2010 34
2009 20
2008 26
2007 28
2006 103

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