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It's a shame
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Steve C.
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2001 Volkswagen Passat Sedan New GLX V6 4Motion AWD 4dr Sedan (2.8L 6cyl 5A)


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It let me down. I've maintained this car well. Babied it, in fact. Did all of the proper fluid changes, including brake and coolant flushes, rotated tires, etc. But it still began to require expensive repairs around 70,000 miles. Brake pads only lasted around 30K. The exterior and interior held up well. The leather seats are soft and durable without much care and conditioning. The car handles great, does good in the snow, but oil leaks and coolant problems ruined an otherwise great experience. I would've kept buying VW products if they could just hold together to 100,000 miles without expensive repairs. Sadly, they can't. Nice car, just don't keep it much past the warranty.


Best Features

Handling and interior.


Worst Features

Reliability and more help from corporate if you can prove that you maintained the car well.


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Do your research before buying!
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By Nick
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2001 Volkswagen Passat Sedan New GLS V6 4Motion AWD 4dr Sedan (2.8L 6cyl 5A)


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Have to say I was pretty disappointed with this car. It caught my eye right away with its European design characteristics, but I have found that this is one of only a few highlights of driving this car. My Passat has been plagued with electrical problems, from a finicky headlight control switch to internal shorts in the heated seat switches that drain the battery, both which have high repair costs due to diagnostics and labor. Also have had 4 O2 sensors go out, with the replacement parts alone costing $160+. Have also had issues with coolant temp sensors and problems with front end alignment, not too mention a couple rounds of recalls. I really expected more from German engineering.


Best Features

A very fun car to drive, especially when you throw it into Tiptronic manual mode and let the ponies run. I also really enjoy the AWD feature for getting around in the Minnesota winters, handles great in adverse road conditions. Sharp interior and the blue light up display in the dash looks nice!


Worst Features

Seems to be way too many common problems found in the Passat. I'm not sure if these bugs have been worked out in the newer models, but I suggest doing your homework if you plan on buying an '04 model or earlier.


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Lots of problems with this one
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By airclowns
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2001 Volkswagen Passat Sedan GLX V6 4dr Sedan (2.8L 6cyl 5M)


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Driving this car is exciting and fun. However, maintenance and reliability are a great disappointment. Replacing the transmission at approx. 75,000 miles was not cheap. Servicing is difficult, replacing a thermostat sits way in the back of the engine, requiring lots of dis-assembly. There is an oil leak that has been there for years, it will cost me several thousand $ in labor to fix. 2 power windows just fell into the doors at approx 150,000 miles. It cost me $450 to fix them outside of dealership- parts are expensive and you have to be a technician to get the door panel off. Typical German car, you need special tools to do anything, including removing tires.


Best Features

Monsoon Stereo is awesome, seats are comfortable, quiet interior, this drives like a more expensive car than it is.


Worst Features

Reliability was a big disappointment, and I will steer clear of VW from hereon out, unfortunately.


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Will Never Buy Another VW
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Kathy
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2001 Volkswagen Passat Sedan GLS 1.8T 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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We bought this car because it was a Consumer Reports best buy. We've had had so many repairs I can't remember them all (oxygen sensors, coils replaced, air flow meter, and more) and the check engine light stays on constantly. Right now the anti-lock braking system sensor is bad, but it will cost nearly $1,000 to replace, so I drive around with the dash lighting up and blinking like a Christmas tree. We spent over $3,000 in a space of 2 months last year. When parts fail they are *very* expensive to replace - even using a local garage instead of the dealership. Interior: the coating is peeling off the interior plastic surfaces, the armrest latch broke, and the cup holders are flimsy.


Best Features

Fun to drive, good power for entering freeway, handles well.


Worst Features

Just make a reliable car that won't cost so much in repairs!


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Falling apart
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By Jacek
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2001 Volkswagen Passat Sedan New GLS V6 4dr Sedan (2.8L 6cyl 5M)


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Bought new as a second car. In seven and a half years put on 42,000 miles. First thing went the batteries, little over two years old just after the warranty. Then the interior 'moving accessories', ashtray lid, broke twice, I don't smoke use it to keep change. Then the cup holder -terrible design every time I use it it feels that it will break. The wood trim and the shifter was next, new shifter over $180! Antenna and the rubber trim on it and around the base; need to remove the roof panel and the skylight to replace a $.50 gasket cost over 400 bucks! All the rubber trim is falling apart. Then the console mounting brackets broke, had that replaced for $370 Now a $3.5K bill for front end!


Best Features

Getting rid of the piece of crap. Have an old Grand Cherokee that has outperformed the VW by a grand margin, go figure.


Worst Features

Improve quality of product, parts, engineering, fit and trim.


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