I posted not long ago about my woes with a hired VW Passat and it's stupid handbrake and the fact it was so slow.
Well by a really bizzare coicidence a mate of mine just phoned to tell me that his company Passat has broken down and guess what hire car he's ended up with - yup the one I had!!!
His Passat was the same spec but the 140hp model - much better. The reason for the breakdown is a faulty fuel pump - at about 11,000 miles. Apparently there are none in the UK either so he will have a long wait.
He told me this is a very common problem on new Passats along with clutch and handbrake problems. had a look on the forums and he was quite right.
His previous car was a Rover 75 estate which did 145,000 miles with no probs at all.........