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2004 Volkswagen Passat Wagon

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What's with the side chrome moldings
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By Go2guy
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2004 Volkswagen Passat Wagon GLX Fwd 4dr Wagon (2.8L 6cyl 5A)


Review

Looked and drove the Highlander
Limited, this Passat, and a Camry
XLE. This Passat impressed us the
most. I just bought the car and when
I went to pick up the new car. It
turns out both of the passenger side
doors had badly damaged chrome
strips. I refused to take the car
until they were replaced. The manager
said the problem with the chrome
strips happens in about one in 20
Passat Wagons...he said the
manufacture published a bulletin
warning dealers about the problem.
I'm worried the car might have
structural damage and the dealer is
pulling my leg. Does anybody out
there know anything about this problem?
I pick up the car in two days. Sure
would like to hear about the door
issue.


Best Features

Love the wood accents, and exterior styling.


Worst Features

Larger sun roof would be nice, put a/c outlet in the console between the driver & passenger seats for people in the back. Give us a usable console (currently to small). Big one...If they have a problem with the installation of chrome protector door strips fix it before the car is delivered.


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new owner(4months)
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By johnwouters
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2004 Volkswagen Passat Wagon GL 1.8T Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


Review

selected this model for price,style and
fuel economy 4cylinder. after 2weeks
you get a letter notifying you of the
4cyl engines problems with oil
clogging. whats good is you are
covered by and 8yr unlimited mileage
transferrable warranty for this
problem. whats bad is the need to use
synthetic oil at scheduled oil changes
(double the price) and the need to
maintain documentation of all services
should this problem arise. this was a
disappointment for me becuase i think a
4cylinder engine should provide the
lowest maintenance costs. i am
averaging 24 mpg over 5000 miles. the
car so far has been enjoyable, but i am
coming off an acura tl


Best Features

extra space in the back. the engine is peppy. the ride is very solid, 90mph is very comfortable. i like the styling as well.


Worst Features

engine oil must be synthetic $65 or oil change. other comparisons are unfair since my last car was acura tl. i am definitely disappointed with paint quality, much easier to scratch than other cars i've had. electronically adjusting seats are not available on 4cyl.


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So far so good
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By naessj
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2004 Volkswagen Passat Wagon GLX 4Motion AWD 4dr Wagon (2.8L 6cyl 5A)


Review

Picked up my new GLX 4-motion Wagon
last week. I already have a 2000 Golf
and had some early problems (all
warranty), so I am 'on guard' this
time. BUT, so far everything is
great. The gas mileage is less than I
would like, but that's the price for
the fast lane. Initially I checked
out Subarus (the next Outback /
Forester) and for the price (got a
good deal) I gould not pass up the VW


Best Features

Solid build quality, great road manners, 4-motion (waiting for rain & snow to try it out for real), fantastic stereo, lots of space, great turning radius


Worst Features

Better gas mileage, need more places to 'put things' up front, light interior hard to keep clean (I knew that ...)


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04 GLX Wagon V6
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By bonobo
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2004 Volkswagen Passat Wagon GLX Fwd 4dr Wagon (2.8L 6cyl 5A)


Review

Only had the car for one week now, but
WOW! Got it for my wife (30th
birthday gift) and we couldn't be more
pleased. Great ride, great features,
and that famous VW fit & finish. For
a "mommamobile" it doesn't get any
better than this, and I find myself
envious of her ride! It's simply the
most classy, well-refined, and user-
friendly wagon for under $40k.
Looking forward to many years of
happiness in owning this vehicle. We
hope the reliabilty is better than
what we've been reading about,
however. On the upside, it can't be
any worse than the horrendous car she
previously had, a 1999 Pontiac Grand-
Am GT. GM should have paid ME to take
delivery of THAT car. Go for the VW
wagon, y'all.


Best Features

Comfy, supportive seats, great steering feel, no discernable torque steer, plenty of space for the average size family, and FIT & FINISH. Onstar is a nice safety feature, too. For a wagon, this is a truly outstanding looking vehicle, and oh yeah: don't forget the FIT & FINISH!!!


Worst Features

Xenon headlights should be an option (or included) at this price point, tilt/telescoping should be power to match the seats, dual-zone cc should be included or optional. These desires, however, are just that - desires. This car is perfectly functional as is, executed beautifully. Kudos to VW!


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puny issues
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By elwood dinwoody
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2004 Volkswagen Passat Wagon GLX 4Motion AWD 4dr Wagon (2.8L 6cyl 5A)


Review

Passat Wagon with 4 MOTION- Quiet, powerful, and
very comfy.Power seat acting up after 2 weeks, a
couple of bubbles in the dash vinyl, and the 'thud'
of the downshift into 1st at stops the only
complaints – wish I didn't have to deal with it; the
dealer tells me as I sat in the car to drive it off the
lot that they would need to reprogram the
computer on first servicing. Now, I can sleep at
night.


Best Features

Monsoon sound system and excellent handling at speed.


Worst Features

Reprogram the bloody transmission.


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