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I vowed I would not take the plunge
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By JHGSaratoga
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2003 Volkswagen Passat Wagon W8 4Motion AWD 4dr Wagon (4.0L 8cyl 5A)


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I've owned 5 new VW's in the last 5 years (1999 Jetta GLX - the best by far, 2000 Jetta GLX, 2001 Cabrio GLX, 2002 Passat GLX 4-motion Wagon, and 2003 Passat W8 4-motion Wagon). The best performing car was - hands down - the 1999 GLX. Do not take the plunge on the W8 for the extra $7K. The GLX Passat Wagon is just as good a performer as the W8! I'm considering switching to Audi Allroad 2.7.


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love it, but...
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By kschel
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2003 Volkswagen Passat Wagon GLS 1.8T Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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Fun to drive despite appreciable turbo lag off the line. Have had numerous little problems which the dealership has been able to fix. This is certainly no Toyota in terms of build quality or reliability, but then again it isn't a mere "transportation appliance"--actually has personality. I wouldn't have bought it without VW extending the base warranty to 48 months. Wonderful interior, nice quality feel.


Best Features

interior; handling; safety ratings


Worst Features

better quality control! less turbo lag


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Alternative to a gas hungry SUV
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By Germans do it best
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2003 Volkswagen Passat Wagon GLS 1.8T Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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This es a good looking well built vehicle with a lot more space than a sedan to haul things. It handles road iregularities and conors very well. You really feel like you are driving something that is going to last a long time when you are behind the wheel. The 4 cylinder Turbo engine coupled with the 5 speed automatic does a good job of moving along in any kind of traffic. Turbo lag is not really a problem and you can enter a freeway on ramp with confidence. Styling is very good from any angle, but especially from the rear. The taillights are not only attractive but very visable to drivers approaching from the rear.


Best Features

Terific styling, build quality and solid feel from opening and closing the doors to driving down the road.


Worst Features

Make it easier to change motor oil and oil filter. Add just a little bit more padding to the front seat bottoms. VW specifies using only 5w40 motor oil for oil changes yet their dealers routienly use anything but 5w40 motor oil. Some consistancy on this point would be comforting.


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Love our family wagon
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By lovemywagon
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2003 Volkswagen Passat Wagon GL Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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Purchasing the Volkswagon Passat Wagon was a compromise between me and my husband. We previously owned an SUV which I hated from day one. I wanted a comfortable sedan. He thought we needed more space. We were also in the market for a new car for him. He got the sedan at the same time. We love them both. There are a couple of pet peeves I have about the vehicle - the blinker doesn't shut off until the steering wheel is almost in a straigt position and I find the windshield wiper controls hard to maneuver - but minor details compared to everything else. The back seat is also a bit tight with two car seats back there.


Best Features

Not an SUV, pretty good mileage, tight steering, quiet ride, back storage area as large as our former SUV.


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Disappointed with GLS Wagon
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By jkilo
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2003 Volkswagen Passat Wagon GL Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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Made a mistake purchasing this vehicle. Build quality and dealer service have been poor. Paint had numerous small blems. Rear hatch trim replaced twice. Roof line trim inserts bow up. Fully loaded highway ride not comfortable. 1.8T slow off the line - OK at speed. Fuel economy not great. Tip: on your test drive set tire pressure to mfg spec - this dealer sets them low to smooth out ride.


Best Features

Cargo room. Visibilty. Dash layout. Wipers very effective. Monsoon stereo.


Worst Features

More torque. Fit & finish. Ride quality.


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