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2002 Volkswagen Passat Wagon

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3 strikes and your OUT - Never again!
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By dww
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2002 Volkswagen Passat Wagon GLS V6 4Motion AWD 4dr Wagon (2.8L 6cyl 5A)


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93 Passat GLX, 97 Audi A4 and 02 GLX Wagon, not one could reach 90K mileage. Wagon blew water pump, blew head gasket, bent valves $5,000 to fix. This all happened in 2 minutes on the highway not a chance to save the car and of course is outside of extended warranty. Good bye German Unreliability Hello Japanese Reliability!


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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)


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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.


Best Features

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


Worst Features

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).


Best Features

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


Worst Features

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.


Best Features

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


Worst Features

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.


Best 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.


Worst Features

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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