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Great car, lots of costs
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By cmzimme
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2002 Volkswagen Passat Wagon GLX 4Motion AWD 4dr Wagon (2.8L 6cyl 5A)


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I am finally at the end of my lease with my Passat wagon. My car has been in the shop numerous times for various problems; i.e. electrical, engine problems, minor things like bulbs burning out and the brakes needed to be replaced at 25K miles! To add insult to injury, my local VW dealer has ONE certified repairman so many times I had to wait for up to 2 weeks to get my car into the shop. Bottom line is that I took a lot of time researching cars when making my decision and unfortunately VW did not live up to my expectations. This car is expensive all the way around; repairs, gas mileage, etc. Be cautious when purchasing this car.


Best Features

Heated seats! Seat comfort. Ease of using cruise control and stereo from the steering wheel. LOVE the sun visor that extends out to always block out the sun. The car body is pretty durable so door dings are non-existant (unless someone hits you pretty hard). Again, I say seat comfort.


Worst Features

Gas mileage. Less expensive repair costs. Better reliability.


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Nice car, want another one
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By trbochrg
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2002 Volkswagen Passat Wagon GLS 1.8T 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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Love the car, i bought it new and i now have over 32,000 miles on it. I love the overall looks of it. Wish i had gotten the 5 Speed, The Tiptronics can be entertaining, but it definately isn't as fun as a manual. A couple of recalls, ignition coils, Transmission computer upgrade, and gas tank protector...service has been very good at my dealership South Shore VW in Hanover Mass. I would give their service dept an 8 out of 10 for my experineces, although i have noticed while waiting for my service to be completed that others aren't having as great a service... Biggest complaint, i am trying to buy another VW, but no one seems to want to call me back, hello!!!


Best Features

Handling in snow, never have a problem Driving to the Super Bowl Champion Patriots home games...


Worst Features

Salespeople need to call me, i want to buy another car!!!!


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nice but troubled
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By peterdh2000
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2002 Volkswagen Passat Wagon GLX 4Motion AWD 4dr Wagon (2.8L 6cyl 5A)


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beautiful car, unreliable at best.
replaced instrument panel 2x,
headlight switch 2x, dimmer switch,
climatronic, radio didn't work for 1
month, died after sitting for 1 week
from bad battery, both headlights
burned out at the same time, broken
ashtray, bad mpg on 91 octane. great
in snow, classy and smart looking, but
with serious issues. thought a german-
built would be better, but sorely
mistaken. plus, dealer bordered on
incompetent, took at least 2x to fix
any problem, then tried to tell us 3
weeks before loaner car available.
nice try, we got an enterprise that
same day. after 20+ visits, service
advisor acted like it was first
problem.


Best Features

nuclear powered heated seats, power folding mirrors, all season ability, best looking wagon out there w/classy hipster look. we so so wish it would have been reliable because we loved it but couldn't face possibility of monthly repairs after warranty expired.


Worst Features

make user maintenance possible,cant replace bulbs w/o dealer intervention, then dealer service is inaccessible and expensive ($50 oil change? get real). can't look at a curb w/o damaging the wheels. great for leasing for less time than the warranty period, but don't buy VW.


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Perfect family wagon
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By driver in Atlanta
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2002 Volkswagen Passat Wagon GLS 1.8T 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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We bought this car new and have loved
it. The ride is very smooth and the car
just feels solid - very nice on the
highway. Leather seats are well worth
the extra expense.


Best Features

Style and substance


Worst Features

turbo engine hesitates on acceleration (so if that would really bother you, get the V6)


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Used car test: 2002 VW Passat GLS Wagon
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By carb5
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2002 Volkswagen Passat Wagon GLS 1.8T 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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I purchased a CPO 2002 Passat GLS 1.
8T Wagon in April of 2004 for a
cross-Canada trip heading west from
Ottawa to Vancouver Island then North
through Dawson Creek B.C. (mile 0 of the
Alaska Highway) and further north to
Great Slave Lake (above the 60th
Parallel) and back. The trip totalled
17000km and took 205 hours according to
the trip computer. The Passat swallowed
all of our gear and never complained
through a daily average of 6 hours on
the road at speeds anywhere from 30 to
75 mph. We averaged 36mpg over the full
distance in 32 days. Nothing went wrong.
A flawless trip in a car that left me
extremely impressed. I'd buy a new one
in a heartbeat.


Best Features

Power and economy are each well represented and delivered with the 1.8T. Our route covered everything from prairie vastness to high snowy mountain peaks to twisty shoreline roads and this little engine 'that could' solidly delivered 35+ mpg day after day and never lacked get up and go.


Worst Features

Firm up the ride a bit. While definitely 'not your father's Oldsmobile' the ride could be more taut through the curvy bits. The clutch pedal has far too much travel; my 94 Probe GT has better clutch feel and action. Improve the seatback tilt control (that knob has got to go).


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