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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 June 5th, 2017, 07:01   #61
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I don't know if this has been posted previously, but if you haven't seen the Youtube video by the Humble Mechanic you really should take the time to view it, as it is about the EA288 2L TDI engine performance and warranty.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maYOYepzM2Q
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Old June 5th, 2017, 18:00   #62
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Well, I'll just continue to post on for the record. Today I spent driving in city and freeway traffic. The 15 SEL continue to impress me. It is so much more refined and sublime than my 13 SEL. It really is very much an evolutionary upgrade and it shows in all areas. If you are on the fence considering whether to keep an earlier year or do the buy back and buy something else, you would be missing a great car by not auditioning the 2015. And the warranty tops anything out there and is fully transferable.
It really is a great car.
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Old June 6th, 2017, 05:02   #63
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I just put a 24MM H&R bar on the SEL Passat on the soft setting, it flattened the car out quite well and make the comparison between the 2012 much more worthy of the few lease payments we will make on it before paying it off.
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Old June 7th, 2017, 11:15   #64
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Bought my SEL yesterday. $5K off from VW. Then I told the salesmen, "OK, that's Volkswagen's money....now sharpen up YOUR pencil". 72 months at 0%.

60 mile drive home. (Same dealer, same drive as when I bought the Evil Beetle.) 55 mpg. I'll take it.

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Old June 8th, 2017, 09:02   #65
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Since there are scant few of us posting here on the 2015 embargoed SEL TDIs, thought I'd continue posting things I find different from my 13.
When I first turn the car on, the drive (D) indicator in the MFI is slow to turn on.
The speedometer is spot on accurate as opposed to the 13 which had a 3% (or so) error built in--which is a common overstatement of speed on other German Manufacturers.
Also, I am leaning to believing the traction control's engagement to prevent wheel spin on slippery inclines seems to be less heavy handed and facilitates the ability to claw up a slippery hill. This is based on a one time test on a steep hill on grass where I have previously tested the 13 and found it unable to climb the hill under similar conditions--but the jury is still out on a final conclusion.
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Old June 15th, 2017, 10:40   #66
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I am continuing my infatuation with the new 2015 and thought I'd link this Youtube video on the EA288 TDI.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLAb1wpzz9g

Audi has two really good technical videos on this engine, if interested do a search--great info and very technical.
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Old June 15th, 2017, 12:00   #67
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I am continuing my infatuation with the new 2015
Infatuation: an intense but short-lived passion or admiration.
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Old June 15th, 2017, 12:31   #68
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Infatuation: an intense but short-lived passion or admiration.

Hopefully, it will blossom into a life of bliss for the next 162000 miles.
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Old June 15th, 2017, 13:12   #69
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Hopefully, it will blossom into a life of bliss for the next 162000 miles.
R U Married...........Think about it. Otherwise, fall in love with your new found queen car. I still say short lived especially after something goes wrong. You know it will
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Old June 15th, 2017, 15:04   #70
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R U Married...........Think about it. Otherwise, fall in love with your new found queen car. I still say short lived especially after something goes wrong. You know it will
Well, we all have different life experiences. I loved the 2013 SEL, and never had an out of pocket expense, except the 40K service. This is a better car with a fabulous warranty.

My main dislike with the 13 was the turbo lag from a dead stop--that has been remedied in the EA288.
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Old June 17th, 2017, 21:10   #71
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Bought Passat SEL Premium last week. It was a "new" car with all the listed changes. But we see a lot of rust on cover behind wheels. Brakes also seem to growl when applied. This is my first TDI so not sure of how they should sound. I did have to pay the full sticker price. I used the $5k off and 72 months free financing. Like the car but overwhelmed by all the options. Bought car for Mike age.
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Old June 17th, 2017, 22:14   #72
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' lot of rust on cover behind wheels'
Not sure what that means.
My brakes are fairly soft, but very lineal, so I don't mind them.
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Old June 17th, 2017, 22:16   #73
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Bought Passat SEL Premium last week. It was a "new" car with all the listed changes. But we see a lot of rust on cover behind wheels. Brakes also seem to growl when applied. This is my first TDI so not sure of how they should sound. I did have to pay the full sticker price. I used the $5k off and 72 months free financing. Like the car but overwhelmed by all the options. Bought car for Mike age.
I would say the rust is normal, as it appears to varying degrees on all VW products. Keep in mind: your car has been sitting for 2 years.
As for "growl", if the (expected) rust/corrosion on the rotors doesn't wear off in a few hundred miles, you should ask for them to be replaced. There might just be too much built-up material on the rotors, and ultimately on the pads (semi-metallic?)
If I were you, I'd have the car inspected NOW at the selling dealership, so they know there's an issue that might need correcting.
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Old June 18th, 2017, 15:08   #74
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bought a 2015 passat sel for just under 22k with 42k on the odo. out the door, after all fees+taxes+title was 23.5k. financed through my credit union for 1.99/36mo.
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bought a 2015 passat sel for just under 22k with 42k on the odo. out the door, after all fees+taxes+title was 23.5k. financed through my credit union for 1.99/36mo.
It is a great car.
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