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2002 Volkswagen Passat Sedan

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Volkswagen Passat Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.0 L W 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 270 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 0/0 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2002 Volkswagen Passat

  • This is our favorite midsize car -- in both sedan and wagon form. Don't make your family vehicle choice without driving one.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Fun to drive, roomy/comfortable interior, solid build quality, available all-wheel drive, powerful W8 engine.

  • Cons

    Some confusing interior controls, price goes up quickly with options.

  • What's New for 2002

    The arrival of the 270-horsepower, all-wheel-drive W8 sedan and wagon disturbs the tranquility of the Passat lineup. Standard features in the W8 cars build upon the already impressive GLX equipment list, adding Electronic Stabilization Program with BrakeAssist, vented disc brakes all around (as opposed to solid discs in rear) xenon headlights with washers, wider 215/55R16 tires, an upgraded trip computer and extra chrome throughout the cabin. The rest of the Passats receive only minor upgrades for 2002, including a trunk escape release for the sedan, a cruise control indicator light and an on/off switch for the electrochromic mirror. In addition, all-new Volkswagens come standard with an improved four-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, up from two years/24,000 miles. In addition, Volkswagen will offer a fully transferable limited powertrain warranty that covers five years or 60,000 miles.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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Money pit to repair

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Vehicle: 2002 Volkswagen Passat W8 4Motion AWD 4dr Sedan (4.0L 8cyl 5A)

Having owned a w8 now for 6 years, let me just say you have better have the income to repair this car. First, repair is extremely expensive at the dealer ship. For instance, replacing one driving headlight cost $400, bulb alone was $212. Wow. Pray you never have an electrical issue because they are extremely expensive. Engine sensors are extremely high to replace. Not only does the part cost a ton, $100 to well over a 1k each for the part and then a huge labor bill to put it in. I will never buy another vw for the this very reason, repair and maintenance are very expensive. So much for German engineering. Is designed to make repair shops (dealerships) wealthy.




Fun car to drive and

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Vehicle: 2002 Volkswagen Passat W8 4Motion AWD 4dr Sedan (4.0L 8cyl 5A)

My wife and I really enjoy this car. We have had basically no mechanical issues at all, just routine maintenance. It has all the power that anybody would want, take-off, routine driving and the like. We were entertaining the idea of trading or selling this car, but my wife will have no part of it. It is her car and for me to try to sell or dispose of it would be a big mistake at this time. We have no real complaints and thoroughly enjoy this car. On a trip it averages almost 23.5 MPG and in city driving averages about 21 mpg., for a W8 engine that is superb.




A pleasure to drive

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Vehicle: 2002 Volkswagen Passat W8 4Motion AWD 4dr Sedan (4.0L 8cyl 5A)

My 2002 Volkswagen Passat W8 is more than we expected, we traded an Audi A6-Quattro for this fun machine. A lot of the creature comforts of the A6 are not on this vehicle, but in this area, certainly in the winter, this car out-performs our A6 Quattro in handling in snow/sleet conditions, which is important to us. The W8 engine performs like a charm and when performance from the engine is necessary, all the horses work. We have never had a problem with this machine up to this point and my wife loves it, which makes it all worth while. It is sleek and unassuming, yet delivers all that we ask of an automobile. The fuel mileage is not great, but we knew that going in to purchase, but interstate average is approximately 23 mpg, which is not too bad.




Single guy and a w8

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Vehicle: 2002 Volkswagen Passat W8 4Motion AWD 4dr Sedan (4.0L 8cyl 5A)

I was very familiar with the Wagon version of the W8 as a friend has one and I drove his quite a bit prior to my purchase. I have added the 18" wheels and tires as avertised in the accesories catalog, and while it stiffens up the ride a lot if you like performance handling it is a nice addition. I have considered the performance springs, but based on feedback from others probably won't go there as I drive alot in my work and don't want that much road feel. The car is comfortable, fun to drive and I recommend it to anyne who would like a performance sedan with a fair amout of luxury.




Redefines sport touring sedan

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Vehicle: 2002 Volkswagen Passat W8 4Motion AWD 4dr Sedan (4.0L 8cyl 5A)

This is a great sport touring sedan. It is very nimble and has excellent "street habits". I would strongly recommend to anyone. The AWD system is superb. Tiptronic does the job quite well. If you are looking for a 4 dr sedan to provide "double duty" - family sedan and performance car - then this is it!




An absolute steal!

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Vehicle: 2002 Volkswagen Passat W8 4Motion AWD 4dr Sedan (4.0L 8cyl 5A)

Currently leasing this car at dealer price of 31K. Was used as a demo, but what 2002 W8 wasn't? Beautiful ride, excellent stability, decent power. Absolutley the best car I've ever driven, however I may be biast since I've been a VW owner for 5 years.



Full 2002 Volkswagen Passat Review

What's New for 2002

The arrival of the 270-horsepower, all-wheel-drive W8 sedan and wagon disturbs the tranquility of the Passat lineup. Standard features in the W8 cars build upon the already impressive GLX equipment list, adding Electronic Stabilization Program with BrakeAssist, vented disc brakes all around (as opposed to solid discs in rear) xenon headlights with washers, wider 215/55R16 tires, an upgraded trip computer and extra chrome throughout the cabin. The rest of the Passats receive only minor upgrades for 2002, including a trunk escape release for the sedan, a cruise control indicator light and an on/off switch for the electrochromic mirror. In addition, all-new Volkswagens come standard with an improved four-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, up from two years/24,000 miles. In addition, Volkswagen will offer a fully transferable limited powertrain warranty that covers five years or 60,000 miles.

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