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    2012 Passat - Nits and Picks

    Ok, I've been driving my new 2012 S Passat for 3 weeks and I still love the car......but I have few issues that are bugging me and I didn't notice on the test drive. Granted I'm new to VW as this is my first experience with German engineering and these may be standard VW design features that I just have to gets used to, but here we go;

    1. There is no "accessory" position on the ignition switch, it's either on or it's completly off. I frequently like to turn the engine off and listen to the radio, on the Passat you have to turn the engine off, then turn the key back to the on position to get the radio back on, of course then the dash lights and seat belt chime come on. Every car I have ever owned has had an accessory position, not VW?

    2. Outside mirrors, they have such a radical curve to the top of the mirror, it significantly reduces the side mirror visibility and usefulness, dumb design.

    3. The info panel between the main guages on the dash, there is so much wasted blank space on the display. You have to scroll thru all the information to get the outside temp, why not use some of that blank space and add the temp as a constant feature.

    I know these are nits, but I'm a design engineer (aerospace) by trade and bad designs drives me nuts. Still love the Passat, just wish they had thought it thru a little more.

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    1.) Every VW i have ever owned has had accessory position ..in my GTI and R32 it was turning the key to the first position in my current Passat CC it just simply putting the key in the slot and the guages do a bit test and the radio/nav starts up...and then when you depress the brake and push the key all the way in it starts the engine..(im in aviation as well and everytime it says Depress i think of Depressurizing a system). in my 2003 Jetta its the turning the key to the first position

    2.) play with your mirrors some more and angle them a little bit more up if the top curve design is reducing visibility

    3.) my Passat CC always displays the Temp...the same was true with my GTI and R32 i owned..make sure your MFI settings have it set up to be displayed..but i think it suppose to be displayed standard anyway..

    congrats on the Passat purchase...you got ALOT of car for a little bit of money.

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    Re: 2012 Passat - Nits and Picks

    Some of the VW radios will power on without the car being on, not sure about the new Passat. Worth a shot though, try hitting the power button, I think it runs for 10 minutes at a time (at least that's the case in the MkV)
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    Re: 2012 Passat - Nits and Picks

    May I add a few of my own? 1. The coat hanger hooks are too small to actually hang a coat hanger on. 2. Delay on the touch screen. 3. No fog lights option as an accessory - you only get fog lights if factory installed. 4. The center console cover slides forward too easily. 5. Windshield wipers bump into the hood if you try to lift them up - have to figure out the "park" position to change the blades. 6. Owner manual is too hard to read... can we get a more American version. 7. No splash guards accessory (yet).

    I totally love my new 2.5L SEL, and hope VW gets these minor details corrected.

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    Re: 2012 Passat - Nits and Picks

    Your right, I forgot to add the windshield wiper issue and the lack of mudflaps, noticed the large dirt streak right behind the front wheels.

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    As far as the windshield wipers (should be in the owners manual). After you turn the car off, tap the wiper stalk like you were using the mist mode. The wipers will go up and stop, this is the service position.
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    planeman did you figure out your accessory position issue?

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    I can't stand the fact every time my iphone syncs with bluetooth, the mp3 player turns on in the background. Battery vampire. Can't disable either.
    Also, no hood struts. Otherwise am very pleased with the performance.

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    shouldnt your MP3 player if connected to the car...be charging when its connected to the car...mine does..its in the glove box.. so how is this a battery vampire if its charging..more like battery saver?

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    Re: 2012 Passat - Nits and Picks

    You are correct, just push the radio button and it turns on without the key being on. Thank you.

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    Re: 2012 Passat - Nits and Picks

    Yep, dj whiplash provided the information I was looking for, just push the "on" button after turning off the engine and the radio comes on. Just remember to turn it off before getting out.

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    Re: 2012 Passat - Nits and Picks

    Quote Originally Posted by Planeman View Post
    Yep, dj whiplash provided the information I was looking for, just push the "on" button after turning off the engine and the radio comes on. Just remember to turn it off before getting out.
    You also have battery run down protection so if you forget it will shut off before it kills the battery.
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    im curious what is the key like with the passat...is it like a flip out design or do you plug the whole key fob into a slot and push it to start

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    In the CC i plug thhe whole fob in and push start


    this comes out as a valet/glovebox key/open car for when the battery dies
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    Re: 2012 Passat - Nits and Picks

    My Passat S uses the standard VW flip out key, like a switchblade.

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    I like the flip key. Like to play with it when I am bored. Flip then close...flip then close...and so on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by damionmyst View Post
    im curious what is the key like with the passat...is it like a flip out design or do you plug the whole key fob into a slot and push it to start
    The Passats that have push to start they have a key much like a CC. If its not push to start then it's a normal flip key.

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    Re: 2012 Passat - Nits and Picks

    One more nit...why do they have 3 clocks, 2 digital and one analog? German engineers must be obsessed with knowing the time. I have 1 on the radio dial, one in the center of the instrument cluster on the dash and the analog one in the dash. I think one well placed clock, maybe two, but really 3? I've had several passengers comment on the abundance of clocks and question why.

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    Looks high class, don't you think?

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    The stereo is not made by VW and most have clocks nowadays. VW/Audi have used LED dash displays for years and they've had clocks. I think the analog clock does add an upscale touch. Besides people have clocks everywhere since we're addicted to time. I bet you wear a watch eventhough your cell phone and computer both have clocks on them.
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