Yup, It was actually the Audi version but the same body and the same
engine. Maxed out at 220 kmh (about 130 mph). Drove it over
1000 miles between Denmark and Germany visiting customers. The
car rental people were pissed at me but they had given me unlimited
You can't get a 2006 Passat TDI at all in N.A. Diesels are up against
it with new emissions regs coming on board. VW is going to drop the
unit injector Pump Duse in favor of common rail. Look for a comeback
in 2007 or later.
WRT the manual tranny:
Many were dismayed that the 2005 Passat TDI was not available in
anything but a 5 speed Tiptronic. I guess VWOA figured Passat buyers
wouldn't want to row their own.
In the meantime, the new Jetta is almost as roomy as the outgoing
Passat, and is available with TDI in either 5M, or a 6 speed DSG,
which is a semi-automaic without a torque converter. A Jetta Wagon is
rumored, but with VW, who knows until they get here.
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