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2001 Volkswagen Passat Sedan - Consumer Reviews

2001 Volkswagen Passat Sedan

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What a lemon
1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By ahogan
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2001 Volkswagen Passat Sedan GLS 1.8T 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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The VW Passat has more trouble than I have ever had with a car before. The issues with oil sludging and all the repair costs make me want to run back to a Japanese maker. I will never buy a VW again.


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Reliable Solid 2001 v6 5M 120K miles
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By Raj
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2001 Volkswagen Passat Sedan GLS V6 4dr Sedan (2.8L 6cyl 5M)


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Solid Build Quality Quiet, decent performance. Feels secure at highway speed compared to my Sienna 10 Major expense CV Boot (axle replaced), ABS controller, timing belt.


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best car
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By roy
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2001 Volkswagen Passat Sedan GLX V6 4dr Sedan (2.8L 6cyl 5A)


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WE had a 2002 Acura TL back in 02 and just got this 01 passat in 2010. and it has more options and features then most 2010 luxury vehicles been driving the crap out of it, hard driving, long distance everything not one light has came on (check engine) or anything. its the glx v6 with automatic a/c and have no complaints me and my wife love this car and woudn't trade it for anythimg else, only complaint gas mileage (around city) and cup holders, but eveything else works great even with 145,000 miles you would never guess it had that many it drives like its brand new. anyway all I can say is we love and plan on keeping it tell it dies


Best Features

everything, v6, moonsoon, a/c leather


Worst Features

cup holders


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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 (Fahrvergn├╝gen.), 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
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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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