Avoid any tdi with a balance module. Until you delete it ,its a ticking timebomb. BHW I believe. Newer vehicles have more complicated emissions equipment that makes them less reliable compared to earlier models but that can be solved easily.
Passat CRs tend to have weak turbos even on stock software. I have a CJAA engined golf and Jetta, both seem to be pretty much problem free except my jetta seems to repeatedly leak oil in very cold weather.
Every model has its issues but most have some type of work around or fix
"Greg, what is the worst fraternity on this campus?Each model had it's strong points and weak points. Personally, I like the ve pump engines and pd engines better than the common rail.
Lol I have one of those wives tooUnless my Jetta gets horrifically damaged, my plan is to drive it until I am no longer able.
I don't know how many other Men have Wives that don't get the TDI love thing.
At least now my Wife doesn't say every time I spend a few dollars on my TDI, "You need to buy something else..." to which I reply, "Divide that $$ by 12 and tell me what (new) car I could have for a monthly payment like that?" And then I change the subject.