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%).