2002 Volkswagen Passat 1.8L 4-cyl. Turbo 5-speed Manual Consumer Review - 6 year review
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2002 Volkswagen Passat - Consumer Review

2002 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8T 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

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GLS 1.8T Wagon (1.8L 4-cyl. Turbo 5-speed Manual)

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6 year review
By bjss on

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 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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