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    Had a Passat hire car this week. Just for one day, but managed to do a 400 mile round trip.
    It was the new 170 bhp 2.0 DTi with the 6 speed GsD auto box.

    Have to say that it was a fantastic car. Pulled even better than my V6 CDTi . So well in fact that I was able to embarrass a scooby driver .

    i gave it a pretty hard time (well it was a hire car) but it still returned 48.2 mpg.

    I was so impressed that I'll defo be considering one of these when I change. In fact the oly thing I thought it lacked (for a car costing over £22k) was it didn't have cruise.

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    No cruise??? Even my wife's Astra Coupe has cruise.

    We have a Passat here at work that gets used as a proper work horse. It gets proper abused and never skips a beat. If only they looked more exciting!

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    How did you get on with the handbrake? Ca'nt get on well with them myself but it least it wont release itself like some other cars

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    What I can tell you is that VW is not what its was.....the quality of their cars does not make me happy any more.....

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    170 out the box, so tuning box on and should return about 200 + horses

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    I'm considering a 170 sport at the moment so the above is very interesting.

    Somebody told me the 170 is very potent, but less refined than the 140, don't see how it's less refined?

    I drove a 140 & tbh its similar to my vec in the way it pulls, but didn't feel quite so powerful.

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    Just noticed the 170 has a dpf.

    Might this be troublesome?

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    The handbrake was fine, but then again i had the dsg auto. Not sure how good it would be with the manual.

    The 170 i drove was quite refined. My V6 cdti is smoother (as you would expect) but the VW felt more refined than the 150 vec IMO, and was quicker (or felt quicker) than either a 150 vec or the V6 vec.
    As for build quality, I know they are not as good as they were (or so it is said) but i don't think any Vec owner should be complaining about VW build quality. It has to be said it still felt better screwed together than the Vec.

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    nice motor but everyone i see out on the road i automatically think its a rep behind the wheel !

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    The 170 is the 140 but with software updates. VW found that whilst they specced it at 140bhp, once run in past 25-30k miles they were kicking out 160+bhp. So VW teaked the map and gave you the 170. Thats something to bear in mind if thinking of tuning one, the 170 is a tuned 140 already!

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