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2008 Volkswagen Passat Sedan

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Benefits of Driving a 2008 Volkswagen Passat Sedan

The 2008 Volkswagen Passat's standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine gives it acceleration that's competitive with many V6 mid-size models while delivering very impressive fuel efficiency of 32 mpg highway. The VR6 model, with its all-wheel-drive, feels like a well-rounded, premium-brand sport sedan. Rear side air bags, a feature not widely available on mid-size sedans, are available as an option. And for those seeking more cargo space, the wagon, with its stellar mileage and cargo-hauling ability, is a great alternative to sport-utility vehicles.

What's new for 2008?

For the 2008 Volkswagen Passat, the six-cylinder VR6 model is only available with 4Motion all-wheel drive and an automatic transmission, and the manual transmission is only offered on the Turbo model. A 12-way power driver seat is now standard across the line, along with manual side and rear sunshades. A new alloy wheel design has been introduced for the base Turbo model.

Model Strengths

  • Performance relative to other mid-size sedans
  • safety features and available rear side air bags
  • fuel efficiency (four-cylinder)
  • cargo space (wagon).

Model Review

The Volkswagen Passat is available in two different body styles for 2008, a sedan and a wagon; both are offered in four different models: Turbo, Comfort, Lux, and VR6. Turbo, Comfort, and Lux models come with a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine making an impressive 200 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque. Turbo models come with either a six-speed manual or six-speed Tiptronic automatic, but Comfort and Lux models are only offered with the automatic. VR6 models get the latest version of Volkswagen's engine of the same name, a 280-horsepower, 3.6L DOHC V6, hooked up to a six-speed automatic and the 4Motion all-wheel-drive system for good all-weather traction and good handling balance with the added power.

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2008 Volkswagen Passat Wagon: What's New

Source: The Car Connection

Volkswagen's Passat wagon returned to the lineup for the 2007 model year, so the changes for 2008 are mostly minor.

For starters, all Wagons now come in one of four trim levels: Turbo, Komfort, Lux, or VR6. All Passat wagons get a new leather steering wheel, leather shift knob, manual side and rear sunshades, a power 12-way driver seat, and a temporary spare added to the standard equipment list.

By trim level, the Turbo wagon is now the only one available with a manual gearbox. The Turbo sports new interior and chrome window trim, and new 16-inch wheels, while heated front seats are now an option.

The Komfort edition wears new 17-inch wheels and optional seat heaters, while the Lux edition includes a multifunction three-spoke steering wheel and an optional Dynaudio sound system. The VR6 edition gets heated washer nozzles, optional bi-xenon adaptive headlights, and adaptive cruise control.

VW's 4Motion all-wheel drive is only available on the VR6 wagon this model year.

The standard Passat engine is a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder developing 200 horsepower. It can be teamed with either a six-speed manual transmission or six-speed automatic with Tiptronic manual-shift capability. The 280-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 comes only with the six-speed automatic but is about a second faster to 60 mph than the four-cylinder/manual transmission version of the Passat, which gets there in about 7.6 seconds.

Front side and full-length head/curtain airbags are standard; side airbags for back seat passengers are optional on the Passat.


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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain 5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion 12 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance 4 Years/50,000 Miles

Volkswagen Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

2 years / 24,000 miles from the purchase date comprehensive limited warranty including the balance of the 4 year/50,000 mile original limited powertrain & corrosion warranty.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 6 years / 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 112-Point Inspection
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance 2 Year 24-Hour Roadside Assistance
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes, at no cost to buyer
Warranty Deductible $50

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