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    VW Passat V5 2003 worth buying???

    My old man's merc is packing up and he is thinking of getting a 2003 VW Passat V5. Do you guys think this is a good car? I don't know much about them.

    This one is the tiptronic version with a full service history and about 120000km's...

    Any advice on what to look for?

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    Re: VW Passat V5 2003 worth buying???

    Don't know much, but do know that the 2.3ltr V5 engine in the Golf is weak on high milers and as such is unloved in the trade, so low value. I take it, it's the same lump in the Passat !

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    Re: VW Passat V5 2003 worth buying???

    Not a problem, thanks for the advice though!

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    Re: VW Passat V5 2003 worth buying???

    Hmmm I though the 5 cyl unit was a very strong unit. It's been around for ever in some for or another in most older audi's.

    Is it not the same 5 pot in the golf as it is in the older audis ?

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    Re: VW Passat V5 2003 worth buying???

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    Hmmm I though the 5 cyl unit was a very strong unit. It's been around for ever in some for or another in most older audi's.

    Is it not the same 5 pot in the golf as it is in the older audis ?

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    The V5 is basically a VR6 less one cylinder, not to be associated with the Audi 5cyl 20v units.

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    Re: VW Passat V5 2003 worth buying???

    The older 5 cylinders are bullet proof. The V5 I don't know? haven't heard bad reports out of South Africa on them, thought you UK guys might know more.

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    Re: VW Passat V5 2003 worth buying???

    They're thirsty, and I think you get same performance but better mpg from a 1.8T (bhp 0-60, and top speed all similar I think)

    http://www.parkers.co.uk/choosing/ca...048&page=8

    Ok, looking at that the difference between 1.8T and 2.3 V5 is a bit bigger than in the earlier model passat, (170bhp on the V5), but again, performance not massively different.

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    Re: VW Passat V5 2003 worth buying???

    The 2.3 V5 has only ever been in VW cars. They only lasted a short number of years and have not been carried over to latest models and was never used in Audi range at all. This together with being thirsty and no performance gain........make your own conclusions [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]

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    Re: VW Passat V5 2003 worth buying???

    aye, the v5 is a pointless turd.

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    Re: VW Passat V5 2003 worth buying???

    So I gather from the recommendations that he should stay away... :-)

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    Re: VW Passat V5 2003 worth buying???

    Well, it's neither one thing nor another, is it?

    Audi used to boast that the in-line 5-cyl was as smooth as a six and as economical as a four.

    My limited experience of the V5, and it appears others on here think the same, is that it's as economical as a six and as smooth as a four.

    Why would you bother?

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    Re: VW Passat V5 2003 worth buying???

    exactly

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    Re: VW Passat V5 2003 worth buying???

    I think the only good thing I've heard about a V5 (and it was a golf not a passat) was that it made a pretty good exhaust note, other than that totally pointless by all accounts and thirsty.

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    Re: VW Passat V5 2003 worth buying???

    IIRC the V5 was available in 10v and 20v form for Golf Mk4 applications, not sure which was used in the Passat models, but the 10v gave 150bhp and the 20v version had 170bhp, 20v's had a red 'V' on the boot.

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    Re: VW Passat V5 2003 worth buying???

    This is a red "V5" and since it is imported, it is probably the same as the UK models (both right hand drive)

 

 

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