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German Enginerring...HA!!
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By jmooney000
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2002 Volkswagen Passat Sedan GLX 4dr Sedan (2.8L 6cyl 5A)


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I am the original owner a 2002 Passat 1.8 Turbo and while we love the way it drives it has been a money pit! Glove box latch broke, hood strut broke, check engine light comes on at least every 3-4 months and its always a vacuum line or O2 sensor, ignition coils have been replaced twice and now the heater core is clogged and neither the dealer or VWoA will step up and admit its a known problem and fix it. I agree w/ others on this site: do not I repeat, do not by a VW. I also own 2 Honda's and a Toyota and all 3 are very reliable and easy to work on yourself so you don't have to take it to the dealer all the time. Do yourself a favor and stay away from VW!!


Best Features

Look, performance, handling


Worst Features

Build a quality car or be willing to fix it when it breaks


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Great to drive, expensive to repair
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Renee
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2002 Volkswagen Passat Sedan GLX 4dr Sedan (2.8L 6cyl 5M)


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Still love to drive the car, but frequent problems now at 7 years. Motor mounts, catalytic converter, CV, top of engine leaking oil despite 2 repairs - list goes on. Also weird electric issues throughout life of car - display showing avg mpg started malfunctioning after a year, 2 yrs ago sunroof started opening/closing on its own, etc. Even the hood open hydraulic died (no prop stick on a VW) - an $80 repair. No way will this car make it to 10 years and my next car won't be a VW based on this one's reliability. Bought new w/ regular maintenance - all done at a VW dealership.


Best Features

Love the interior design - obviously laid out by folks who love to drive. Every control is intuitive. Also love the heated seats!


Worst Features

Just the pesky mechanical stuff! Would suggest avoiding the black leather seats if you live in the South -- very sweaty in summer heat.


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Great car!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By djbaumga
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2002 Volkswagen Passat Sedan GLS 1.8T 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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When I was looking to purchase this car, all my research told me this car has engine problems. I got this with a brand new engine and have run nothing but Mobil 1 full synthetic oil. As a result, this thing has been incredible! Only routine maintenance has come up. Great fun to drive and very stylish as well.


Best Features

Great interior build quality. Fun to drive, excellent handling, great response, Instrument panel is really cool.


Worst Features

for 2002, it was ahead of its time and it still rivals some cars today!


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somone who likes their passat
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By vdub4life
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2002 Volkswagen Passat Sedan GLS 1.8T 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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I bought my passat in 05. i have always like volkswagens but if your are going to buy one you must get the previous service records. this car hs been great very fun to drive and great in the snow. traction control, abs and, 6 air bags. very safe. synthetic oil is expensive but cleaner and better and premium gas burns cleaner and is better for the car. i have had no problems or dislikes. if you take car of it it takes car of you. o yea if you use nicer bulbs, they last longer don't buy the cheapest its not always the beat deal


Best Features

5 speed is fast and fun. indigo dash lights. great miles per gallon. brakes are also good. very quiet


Worst Features

the car could be lighter. heated rear seats


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Money Drain: $5000.00 in 6 yrs.
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By ileangoodnite
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2002 Volkswagen Passat Sedan GLS 1.8T 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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I loved this car. I believed the seller: "it might last 12-15 years". Excessively expensive routine- maintenance, + $ thousands for major system failures. In 6 years, they sucked $5,000.00 for: Sensors x 5; Ignition coils; radio; left axle; right axle x 2; gas hood strut; water pump; left rear door lock x 3; motor mounts (1 month before engine failed & replaced under recall); intercooler; heat shields;(recalls) rib belt; timing belt; homelink dropped off...fix cost= $500; tires replaced x2; 'transmission range switch' cleaned ($101.00. Following week: same switch replaced: $1,000.) Upholstery frayed; paint peeling; Disappointing. Stressful. Friends and I will not buy another VW product.


Best Features

Comfortable, heated seats, great leg room, trunk & seats hold lots of cargo, safe. Good appearance, gas cap attached by cord. AC/heat& ventilation-good. powerful, good mileage.


Worst Features

Decide whether parts are expensive because they are German-made, or defective because they are American- made. Improve the reliability. Stand behind your workmanship. offer fewer stodgy colors/more jazzy colors.


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