Used 2001 Volkswagen Passat Sedan Consumer Reviews | Edmunds
ADVERTISEMENT

2001 Volkswagen Passat Sedan - Consumer Reviews

Average Consumer Rating

163 Total Reviews

View reviews for a specific Passat model:
ADVERTISEMENT

Sort by

Most Recent|
Most Recent Most Helpful Highest Rating Lowest Rating
I LOVE it... When it runs!
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By Mphillips
on

Vehicle

2001 Volkswagen Passat Sedan New GLS 1.8T 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


Review

Wanted a VW Passat for a long time. I looked for over 2 months and finally found a car in great shape. I had the mechanics checked out and drove the car for about a day prior to making a decision. I have now paid to replace the head gasket, valve cover seals, viscous fan, electric fan, radiator, electric fan switch, front wire harness and more. I have spent an additional 2700 dollars in repars since early 2007. I run full synthetic oil as recommended by VW. I change it every 3000-4000 miles (5000 recommended). I change filters regularly and run premium fuel (for the turbo). NOBODY should work on VW but dealer or VERY experienced. Dealer will rape you for part AND labor. Buy new w/full warranty


Best Features

Leather interior and handling


Worst Features

Get rid of the rubber coating on the interior plastic parts. It peels off and looks bad. How about a metal viscious and electric fan? Reliability needs a lot of work. This car is known to nickel and dime people broke... I just wish I had looked a little harder at the reviews before buying...


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Fun when it runs
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By JoeMaMa
on

Vehicle

2001 Volkswagen Passat Sedan New GLS 1.8T 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


Review

Bought new fall 2000 first problems right away. Coil problems and only 3 months old! Multiple trips to dealer before it was fixed. Over the next 4 years only a few trips to dealer for electrical related problems. Most trips were in the $400.00 range each time. Spring of 06 500 miles from home motor burns up due to oil sludge problem. After being required to produce all receipts for oil changes VW replaces motor and turbo. It's a miracle a trip to dealer that I didn't have to pay for. Except for van rental, crying kids and hotel. All this with only 54K on odometer. 6 trips to dealer since, more electrical problems. It's fun when it runs. (zoom zoom?)


Best Features

Transmission is fun to play with on the twisties. Car is just like new exterior and interior. Eight years old and only 64K on odometer. It disguises its age well.


Worst Features

Attempted to pick up repair manual at local bug shop. Had cow when told price and saw that it was the size of 2 metro phone books. VW went techno-overload on this car. Too much crap to go wrong and believe me it has gone wrong and will continue to go wrong.


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Best car I have ever owned
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By Susan
on

Vehicle

2001 Volkswagen Passat Sedan GLS 1.8T 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


Review

This has been a very reliable car. No problems. Only needed required maintenance. Brakes last beyond 50,000 miles. Great gas mileage and great in the snow. Has a lot of pick up for a V4 engine... no need for a higher end, gas guzzler for pick up.


Best Features

reliability, great pick up


Worst Features

cup holders are terrible, break easily


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

All around best vehicle
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By jw
on

Vehicle

2001 Volkswagen Passat Sedan GLX V6 4dr Sedan (2.8L 6cyl 5M)


Review

I bought my Passat brand new 7.5 years ago (51K miles) and I have never had an issue with the car! Love the interior (except cup holder) and exterior.


Best Features

roomy, easy to drive, love my heated seats and stereo, memory seat setting and plenty of trunk space.


Worst Features

cup holder


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

MUST READ THIS
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By NO on VW
on

Vehicle

2001 Volkswagen Passat Sedan GLS 1.8T 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


Review

Do not buy this car. From the very beginning of ownership, it has been a money pit. Within two years, had to replace entire suspension, total front dashboard in car (anything that had lights in it). One major problem after another. Also one minor problem after another. Car looks great, but is a terrible on reliability. We have been stranded multiple times...even on vacation. That our experience as fair warning. Do not buy a VW Passat.


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

ADVERTISEMENT

Write Consumer Reviews

Write Consumer Reviews

Write a review and rate your own car.

ADVERTISEMENT

New Car Buying Guides

See which cars and trucks our editors recommend

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT