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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.


Favorite Features

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


Suggested Improvements

ESP, xenon headlights, 6-speed manual transmission.


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By tgride87
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2003 Volkswagen Passat Wagon GLX 4Motion AWD 4dr Wagon (2.8L 6cyl 5A)


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I bought this car used and have since put over 50,000 miles on it without hardly having to put in any maintenance costs. It is really a great car - drives well, is comfortable, gets decent to good gas mileage and holds its value.


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Interior and build quality.


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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.


Favorite 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.


Suggested Improvements

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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2003 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8T
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By VW OWNER
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2003 Volkswagen Passat Wagon GLS 1.8T Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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This car is exceptionally fun to drive, considering its engine is only 1.8 liters. It is fast and averages an all around 26 mpg. Mine has a 5-speed standard transmission. This is a premium automobile at a big discount!


Favorite Features

I love the seats and their manual ajustments.


Suggested Improvements

Its roof rails have a bad design. They run the length of the roof along each side and come out during normal driving.


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My Mom-Mobile
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By Christi
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2003 Volkswagen Passat Wagon GLX 4Motion AWD 4dr Wagon (2.8L 6cyl 5A)


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This is a wonderful car that has given me few problems in the time I've owned it. The AWD allows me to corner at any speed I want and never complain. I've been able to drive through rain and then a couple of feet of snow and it feels no different that driving on dry pavement. This really feels like it is the Audi in VW clothing.


Favorite Features

I love this car's AWD and the stereo rocks! For a stock stereo, this is the best out there. I have found no reason to upgrade the speakers, head unit or amp.


Suggested Improvements

The car needs more power from the V6 to help with its weight. Also, the Tiptronic transmission should come in Audi sport mode rather than "conservative" mode. It is an easy switch if you have the right tools, but would be nice to have right out of the gate.


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