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VW Passat Family (NMS and B7) TDIs (2012+) Discussion area for the 2012+ Passat TDI (North American and rest of world versions versions). The North American model was previously codenamed NMS (New Midsize Sedan) and the version the rest of the world gets is sometimes referred to as B7.

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Old September 4th, 2014, 15:12   #1
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Been lurking and researching for a while. Title says it all. Picked up a newTDI SEL on Tuesday, platinum grey metallic, black interior. First full day of use, sat in bumper to bumper traffic on the Brooklyn-Queens Expwy for 3 hours with the AC running in 90+ degree heat, and averaged 33.2 mpg (I know, I know but please try to resist reminding me that the info display is not 100% accurate and that I need to sign up for fuelly). By the way, not sure if I looked in the correct place, but it appears my car was built in July 2014.

Only in America can you call a dealer at 3:00 pm to confirm a deal and drive home in the car at 8:00 pm the same day.

Last car was a 2004 Jaguar Xtype AWD. Put 241,000 miles on it, and it is now waiting for my son to turn 16 so he can continue to abuse the odometer. Don't believe anything you have heard about that car. It treated me well for 11 years.
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Old September 4th, 2014, 15:24   #2
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Congrats and welcome. You'll be pleased with the fuel mileage regardless of speed
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Old September 4th, 2014, 16:31   #3
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Old September 5th, 2014, 07:58   #4
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1st complaint: Can't decide which is worse, the nav system or the voice activation on the phone. You guys were not kidding. I find myself voice dialing on my Iphone 5s, and letting the car pick up the call.
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Old September 5th, 2014, 10:43   #5
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I found it easy... once you hear the chime, instead of saying "Call, etc..." simply say the name clearly... i haven't had any issues in 2 weeks since switching to this method...

However, i have had my first freezing experience on the nav system. Went in reverse to back out of the spot, then zoomed away, and the rear camera was frozen on the screen, couldn't even turn off the system or change radio stations. when i arrived at my destination, the radio was still on and playing even after shutting down the car... luckily it auto killed when the key fob was out of range...
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Old September 5th, 2014, 11:53   #6
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1st complaint: Can't decide which is worse, the nav system or the voice activation on the phone. You guys were not kidding. I find myself voice dialing on my Iphone 5s, and letting the car pick up the call.
I use the MFI to access my phone book and call from the steering wheel controls.
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This is also a good method.
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Old September 5th, 2014, 12:39   #8
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those x-types weren't great cars, but drove surprisingly well. We had a 2004 x-type 3.0 stick shift in the family for a couple years - best car EVER in the snow (better than a 2013 328i or the 2004 Passat 4mo)
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Old September 5th, 2014, 12:43   #9
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I agree that the voice commands in the NMS are pitiful. I generally only call one of about a half dozen numbers so the touch screen shortcut buttons are perfect for my needs.

Oh, and welcome aboard.
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Old September 5th, 2014, 19:10   #10
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Congrats and enjoy the ride.
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Old September 11th, 2014, 13:26   #11
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Updating my initial post. I have been driving the car for a little more than a week, and just under 1000 miles. Overall very happy with the vehicle. Love the platinum grey metallic finish. Drive, ride quality and fuel economy are as expected.
As well documented in other threads, the voice dialing is terrible, and the navigation system is an embarassment. Other than the slow response to inputs, I am happy with the sound quality of the stereo (note that I am not an audiophile).
Having the windows tinted this weekend (Suntek). Will post a long overdue photo then.
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