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Pretty, fun
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By SpaceDude
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2001 Volkswagen Passat Sedan New GLS 1.8T 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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Got this 2001.5 model (2001 base with updated looks of 2002) = driving older car that looks like newer. Overall quality of the car was pretty good, no dingelingding during driving, doors closed with a good, Mercedes like smack. Engine was so-so: The turbo kicked in a bit late, which created interesting situations as 4 way Stops: You step on the gas, nothing happens, so you step more into it, and all of the sudden the care takes off (rubber donuts, squeeking wheels, the whole show). Once moving, car was fun to drive. The mirror-adjustment joystick's position is inadequate when you're 6"+ tall: your knee will rip that thing right off while getting in. Had quite a few electrical issues though.


Best Features

Looks, handling while driving (Fahrvergnügen.), safety (curtain airbags also in the rear). Smart computer with sort of trip analysis, blue lights in dashboard were kinda different - not necessarily better, but different.


Worst Features

Electric: Don't want to hear about failing power-cables. That's why I buy a German car, zum Teufel! Given the problems, the warranty was super-short: 2 years / 24k - excuse me? Was lucky no other issues came up for remainder of lease. This changed with next year's model, where it was doubled.


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NICE STYLE, POOR SUBSTANCE
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By WP
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2001 Volkswagen Passat Sedan GLS V6 4dr Sedan (2.8L 6cyl 5A)


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this is a nice looking car and at almost 10 years old doesn't look old or have a dated style to it. But it definitely has its share of problems. Most are problems that vw is aware of and has not corrected...oil leaks that fill the cabin with smoke, bad coil packs, oil sludge, check engine malfunctions...and it ain't cheap to fix! I tried so hard to buy a Mustang or a Honda for my wife, but she insisted she wanted a Passat...she gets very quiet when we have to take it to the shop every month. You pay too much for that cool style with repair bills...


Best Features

cool, understated style. Looks nice and respectable.


Worst Features

fix the design flaws and cut down on the repairs and complaints. Consumer Reports rated the Passat one of the worst used cars to buy...I wish I had know this!


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horrible car...dont buy
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By david
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2001 Volkswagen Passat Sedan New GLS V6 4dr Sedan (2.8L 6cyl 5M)


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never owned a worse car in my life!! Leaks oil, coolant, and transmission fluid. Buying American made cars from now on!!


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none


Worst Features

everything


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I will never buy a vw again
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By No More VWs
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2001 Volkswagen Passat Sedan GLX V6 4dr Sedan (2.8L 6cyl 5M)


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Got this car at around 18,000 miles and had no problems until 50,000 - right after it was no longer under warranty. Since, I have had the back breaks replaced three times in four years while barely driving it, the front breaks replaced, the rotors replaced, four oil leaks in 6 months, couple coolant leaks, broken keys, seat belt doesn't retract, lights in dashboard starting to fade, two different belts replaced, the whole thing groans when I get into the car, wheels squeak... I am at the mechanics so often they give me a hug when they see me! I'm sure there were more repairs but I've lost track. Bought this car bc of great reputation but too many friends have since had VW lemons. Never again.


Best Features

its a good looking car. that's it.


Worst Features

change everything to be reliable except the design!


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Steal of a car! Audi in VW clothing...
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By wario
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2001 Volkswagen Passat Sedan New GLS V6 4Motion AWD 4dr Sedan (2.8L 6cyl 5A)


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We bought our 01 Passat GLX 4Motion this past January and LOVE IT! What a solid car, even with 110000 on it. We purchased it from a reputable dealer who inspected it and serviced it before we bought it. They replaced the belt, water pump, and brakes... the car needed nothing else! It's a dream to drive in all weather. Looking forward to putting the next 150k on it!


Best Features

The all wheel drive is awesome, the Monsoon stereo rocks, and the car is just solid and great looking!


Worst Features

MP3 input for the stereo, loose the ashtray and make more storage around the radio, and squeeze a few more MPG out of it.


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