by Bart on Jul 31, 2009 Vehicle: 2001 Volkswagen Passat GLS V6 4dr Sedan (2.8L 6cyl 5M)
Solid feel, great seats, excellent dashboard lights, likes to run like a horse. Has an impressive look. The V6 is a better engine than the Turbo and gets the same gas mileage. Fun to drive. Unfortunately the car must be meticulously looked after. Control arms damage easily, electrical nuisances, check engine light goes on if gas cap is not tight, rotors are prone to warping. Poor cup holders, premium gas. Only 45000 miles.
by Frustrated on Jun 6, 2006 Vehicle: 2001 Volkswagen Passat GLS V6 4dr Sedan (2.8L 6cyl 5M)
This car was fine until at 36,000 miles I had to spend $1,000 on the front end. It now has 58,000 miles on it, and I have spent over $7,000 in repairs in the past 2 years. I am a safe and careful driver, and have done proper maintenance. The front end just keeps falling apart. The CV joints, CV boots, axles, tie rods, and control arms all had to be replaced on both sides. It has had oil leaks and brake problems too. I am extremely disappointed. I wanted to drive this car for 12 years, not five.
by RP on May 13, 2006 Vehicle: 2001 Volkswagen Passat GLS V6 4dr Sedan (2.8L 6cyl 5M)
I absolutely loved my 2001.5 Passat until last weekend when it essentially self-destructed at 76,000 miles. Although I've maintained it religiously, a water pump leak ultimately caused the timing belt to slip off while driving on the freeway, bending the heads and piercing the radiator. The repairs will costing about $5,000. My mechanic says it's a design flaw and could happen again.
by Greg on Jan 28, 2006 Vehicle: 2001 Volkswagen Passat GLS V6 4dr Sedan (2.8L 6cyl 5M)
Except for annoying problems with lights or dashboard lights, my 2001 Volkswagen Passat was largely OK until around 55,000 miles. At the 55,000 mile mark, the ball joints and tie rods rendered the car unsafe to drive without significant, costly repairs. I've heard this problem isn't uncommon among Passat owners. I would never buy a VW again.
The 2001.5 Passat arrives this spring with updated exterior styling, minor interior changes and a more powerful four-cylinder engine, but if you liked the "old" styling, a few 2001s should linger on dealership lots for a while. New features for the 2001 model year -- standard front and rear side curtain airbags, optional steering wheel controls for the audio and cruise for GLS (standard on the GLX) and a standard trunk entrapment release button -- carry over into 2001.5 Passats.