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2002 Volkswagen Passat Wagon

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Great, when it's working
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By Michael H
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2002 Volkswagen Passat Wagon GLX 4Motion AWD 4dr Wagon (2.8L 6cyl 5A)


Review

I bought my 2002 Passat wagon used with 23k on it. I was drawn by the styling inside and out, vault- like build quality, and the utility of a wagon. The only negative I saw was the lackluster engine power. Since then, I have replaced the convenience electronics module, turn signal flasher, brake booster pump, steering rack, one catalytic converter, and the other cat is now leaking and needs replaced. The transmission is dodgy, the climate control sometimes cuts out, and the rear window washer doesn't work. The sunroof drain leaks into the rear floor. I've spent about $5000 in repairs in 3 years. When the car is working, it's fabulous. When it's not, which is way too often, it's a disaster.


Favorite Features

Amazing heated seats, Monsoon audio system, interior design, unstoppable all-wheel-drive, utter lack of squeaks and rattles.


Suggested Improvements

There should be more power in the V6, or it should run on regular gas. It's odd to have to use premium for so little thrust. Reliability: It's sad that a car with so much to offer should fall so far short on this. This car has burned me for the last time- I traded it toward an Acura MDX today.


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6 year review
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By bjss
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2002 Volkswagen Passat Wagon GLS 1.8T 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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Bought the car new in 3/2002, very fun to drive. However, would agree that it is expensive to maintain. Oil changes and recommended mileage checkups are not cheap. Have read many postings about changing the timing belt between 60-70K (VW manual recommends 90K), plan to do, but will run 1000-1200K at an independent shop ($1500 at dealership). Concerned about oil sludge issues since the dealership did not use full synthetic until VW announced it should be standard (2004).


Favorite Features

Fun to drive (turbo), solid, heavy car... feel safe in it. Heated seats.


Suggested Improvements

Leatherette (do not buy) wears out quickly. Lower the cost to repair.


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Solid car
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By Dave
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2002 Volkswagen Passat Wagon GLX 4dr Wagon (2.8L 6cyl 5M)


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I have owned the Passat since it was new. I have always enjoyed driving the car. It has a lot of luxury features. The car has been reliable with no major repairs needed. I have had a few issues. Headlights bulbs go out often. It burns 1 to 2 quarts of oil between oil changes. I have had to service the back brakes 3 times even though the car has less than 50,000 miles. Gas mileage has been poor.


Favorite Features

The seats are great. The rain sensing wipers are nice too.


Suggested Improvements

A bit wider. It's tough getting 3 kids in the back seat.


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I'd probably buy another one
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By bmicmcd
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2002 Volkswagen Passat Wagon GLS 1.8T 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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I bought this car new and I still love it. The driving dynamics and the general build quality are commendable. The fuel economy of the 1.8T is terrific (25 around town, 29-31 on the hwy) yet V6-like acceleration is there when I want it. The Monsoon sound system is great. It's great in the snow (with snow tires). The interior comfort and lighting are super. I have two complaints: a couple things have gone wrong that should not go wrong (clogged heater core) and it is expensive to maintain.


Favorite Features

Driving dynamics: This car purrs at 105 with no shake and no float! And it corners very well for a family wagon. The Monsoon sound system is darn good.


Suggested Improvements

Mfg quality issues, like ignition coils, cracked pollen filter housing and sediment in the heater core should be corrected. Add a timer mechanism to the exterior mirror heaters.


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good car so far
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By FF
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2002 Volkswagen Passat Wagon GLS 1.8T 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


Review

bought the car new initially had a problem with the windshield wiper relay (wipers quit working in hard rain) which was poorly handled by the dealership. Had to threaten with lawsuit to get them to properly diagnose and replace. few other problems so far. The "home link" controller broke out of the sunshade and was fixed under warranty. starter motor gave up at 45000 miles and VW would not pay for replacement (very disappointed as this is a highway vehicle with very few starts per day). handle of glove compartment broke off (did not fix yet). multi-function display is getting very dim. one new CV joint @ 84Kmiles. car has been great otherwise pleasure and fun to drive (see below)


Favorite Features

engine is very powerful especially in the mountains, good gas mileage on highway, very quiet and comfortable ride but still fun to drive hard, roomy interior, wife loves heated seats. moonroof works well and is tight


Suggested Improvements

cruise control off/on switch needs redesign - it is hard to operate. home link (aka garage door opener) built into in sunshade is flimsy. sunshades too small - need extensions. glove compartment handle breaks easily too little engine breaking downhill (result of anti-skid system)


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