2003 Volkswagen Passat Sedan GLS 1.8T Fwd 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5A)
I bought my '03 Passat new.
I got it because Edmunds and others loved it.
And at the time, everyone and their brother had an Accord or Camry. Eight years later, the transmission's gone.
Rather than fix it, my mechanic told me to junk it.
I'm not hard on cars.
But cleaning out my glove compartment, I found all my receipts from work to the car over the years.
Totaled approx. $7,400.
The car was fine for 4 years, then turned into an absolute lemon.
I would not buy another VW.
2003 Volkswagen Passat Sedan GL Fwd 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5A)
We bought our Passat 1.8T this year with 124,000 for $4000 from a private owner.
The car drives like it is brand new;however, we have had to replace the water pump at 135,000 miles and the timing belt. The interior components are top notch, lots of room, just a joy to own and drive.
Yes, maintenance is expensive but the car drives and rides like a brand new car. I can do basic stuff like brakes etc...
We just bought a 1999 Passat VR6 as a third car and hope we are as lucky.
When you buy used cars with high mileage, you have to expect it is like rolling the dice.
Mileage, fit and finish, trunk room, performance when I want to get on it.
2003 Volkswagen Passat Sedan GLS 1.8T Fwd 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
This is the 2nd 2003 Passt we've owned.
My niece had a 2003 also and told me that they had to replace the motor once, and the turbo charger once, and recommended I don't get one.
During the 2 years with our first Passat, we had it in the shop 6 times for engine lights.
Finally they said it was caused by the turbo charger & wanted $4,300.
We could afford the repair & traded it on another 2003 with lower mileage & extended warranty.
We've had the this second car for 3 years & the engine light has come on 9 different times.
Sun roof opens on its own and the rear windows fall out of the tracks.
The car is in the shop now for it 2nd new turbo booster and guess what? No more warranty. GRRRR
The car is very solid and very comfortatble.
Gets good milage.
For the ride and comfort, this is by far the best car I've owned.
Volkwagon knows that there is a flaw in these engines and the turbo chargers on them.
They should stand behind their cars, and not behind the income they receive from the "once faithful" customers they use to have.
2003 Volkswagen Passat Sedan GLS V6 Fwd 4dr Sedan (2.8L 6cyl 5A)
I brought my passat in 2003 new. We are know in 2010 and I have not had any problems that I am surprised about. I drive my car on a daily basis. I currently have 97,500 miles on my car, and plan on changing the timing belt at 105,000 to drive the car another 100,000 miles. I plan on replacing the shocks and springs with Eibach brands and I plan on finding some factory 17 inch vw wheels to place on my car. I don't plan on buying a car anytime soon. This car has treated me very well.
I enjoy the v6 engine. The solid feel of the car makes me feel safe.
The ride height of the car should have been lower with more of a sporty feel of suspension and shocks, but since the car is paid for, I will take care of that myself.
2003 Volkswagen Passat Sedan W8 4Motion AWD 4dr Sedan (4.0L 8cyl 6M)
4 Motion, All wheel drive, W8: Overall, it was a great purchase for the price. It is by all means a luxury car. Our only complaint is that the check engine light has been on since the purchase (8 months) and two dealerships and three visits have yet to be able to find the issue, it there even is one. Please note that this car takes synthetic oil so you will pay more for regular changes. Also, it takes a person with higher than average mechanical skills to work on the car personally. So, even minor issues will usually have to be taken car of professionally (the engine is enclosed).
The engine power, handling, and interior luxury.
Have the backs seats fold down for trunk access (although our manual says our model does this, it actually does not.) CD changer in trunk is not too practical.