Used car test: 2002 VW Passat GLS Wagon
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Vehicle2002 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8T 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
ReviewI 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 FeaturesPower 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 FeaturesFirm 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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