Originally Posted by diver 1
Just had a look at a 2008/08 Passat 4motion, great car but VW advised me they have quite a few problems with the electronic gubbins on the rear cailipers which operate the electronic handbrake. They said if I get the rear wheels / caliper wet with sea water it will probably cost be between 200 and 500 quid each and every time. Some of the slips I use this is a hard to avoid without messing around for ages with bits of rope..
Will look at the Skoda options without an electric handbrake or possibly even look at a Honda CRV with the extra ground clearance, still more economical than an Allroad
Had the previous model CR-V from new, reliable, brisk (for an SUV), good tow car even with over the plated weight on the back. No faults at all over 120k miles. Had an X-trail as well with similar qualities. Both had real life mpg around 40.