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2003 Volkswagen Passat Wagon - Consumer Reviews

2003 Volkswagen Passat Wagon

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Good, practical car
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By Jay
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2003 Volkswagen Passat Wagon GLS 1.8T Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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Overall Passat is a very good and practical car, did not have any major problems, pleasure to drive, excellent trunk space (as a wagon). Interior is nice, quality of radio sound is good.


Best Features

Space of trunk, interior design, comfortable seats.


Worst Features

City mileage is not very good, sometimes I only get 19 or 20 if I do a lot of stopping or during a rush hour. Turbo makes a car not very economic. Another thing - road noise.


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Get it fixed right
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By Robert in Alhambra
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2003 Volkswagen Passat Wagon GLS 1.8T Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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First, I can not understand why there are so many parts within the wheel bearing. That aside, my car has been a very reliable car. After 120k miles, I have replaced all of the ignition coils, spark plugs, struts, and a few other items. The importance of a reliable mechanic can not be made enough. The dealership's work - all of it ever made - had to be redone. No kidding. After I started going to an honest mechanic, someone who told me about certain gas stations, rather than replacing something that didn't need fixing, life was better.


Best Features

The ride is still firm, yet comfortable, and no other car has the space in the back. The leather is still intact and the AC is chill'in. Could use a little more HP.


Worst Features

Floor mats move on me a bit because a car wash attendant tried taking one out without unsnapping it.


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Do not buy a VW!
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By Sorry I bought
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2003 Volkswagen Passat Wagon GLS 1.8T Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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Two words...oil sludge. All VWs of this engine type (and the V6 I've heard) have several fundamental problems that VW is unwilling to address. Poorly engineered product. Go with a Japanese competitor.


Best Features

Tiptronic.


Worst Features

New engine/oil pump system


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1.8T 5MT GLS Wagon is a wonderful car!
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By ovi
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2003 Volkswagen Passat Wagon GLS 1.8T Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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Just came back from a 2,400 mi trip (Ontario to NC and back). The car is absolutely fantastic: excellent performance in heavy traffic and on highway, low fuel consumption (average 33.11mpg with AC on, 65-70MPH) and very comfortable seats. Great torque @ 2000rpm, very stable/quiet car. I only miss the 6-speed manual transmission. This car will serve you well if the driving habits are reasonable and maintenance is properly done (5W40 syn oil every 5,000mi, good oil and air filters). Yes, some repairs are expensive at the dealer but if you find a good repair shop you'll see a huge drop in ownership costs.


Best Features

Turbo, handling, acceleration on highways, brakes, Monsoon cd/tape, radio + cruise controls on the steering wheel, excellent interior materials.


Worst Features

ESP, xenon headlights, 6-speed manual transmission.


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Love it! But expensive to repair
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By Story man
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2003 Volkswagen Passat Wagon GLS 1.8T Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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This is my second Passat; bought it used in 2006. It is a joy to drive, and is one of the few 5-speed wagons available in this class. Both Passats had reliability problems ('98: cam followers bad at 120k; window regulator at 60K) ('03: turbo out at 70K, water leaks from roof drains). But in spite of these and many other problems, I bought a second one because it is so much fun to drive and looks great. I will put up with the costs because I love it.


Best Features

Monsoon radio, roomy interior in wagon, computer readouts (especially MPG), availability of 5-speed, good looks. MPG at 34-39 avg. on highway at 60 mph. Amazing.


Worst Features

Improve quality and reliability. When the doors are unlocked, the cargo hatch still has to be unlocked separately (a real hassle). Put electronic stability control on all models.


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