Because I've been wondering who it was. We have several friends who celebrated the expiration of their child-free status by getting a VW Passat wagon.
I really liked the clean, geometric lines and face of the redesigned Passat in 1997. There was something kind of elemental about the nose and grille, and the way the arc-like roofline of the sedan ended at the C-pillar. After 2001 or so, though, the design got smoothed, refined, upgraded to the point where tastefulness prevails above all.
The early ones might not wear well; there were some well-publicized recalls and quality complaints, and besides, the pre-2001 wagon isn't as well-resolved as the sedan. And while the current Passat is fine [and is available with a sweet TDi turbodiesel], there are just too many of them now, especially around Washington, DC (where we drive most often). Some cool people drive Passats, but so do thousands of mall clones.
If you're confident you have the willpower to drive a Passat ironically, and you don't want to wait for the new model [set to debut March 2005 in Geneva], let me know. I'll order up some Daddy Type bumper stickers to help you out.