2004 Volkswagen Passat Consumer Review: Passat Wagen 1.8T
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2004 Volkswagen Passat - Consumer Review

2004 Volkswagen Passat

Average Consumer Rating

353 Total Reviews

GL 1.8T Wagon (1.8L 4-cyl. Turbo 5-speed Manual)

Performance
Comfort
Fun-to-Drive
Interior
Exterior
Build Quality
Reliability Value
Passat Wagen 1.8T
By Ken Krigbaum on

Vehicle

2004 Volkswagen Passat GL 1.8T Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

Review

To be fair, I have not had the Passat that long (2 months). It currently has 7,600 miles, mostly highway miles. So far, I have been impressed. I generally trade cars every year, and I usually buy Toyotas. I still don't think anyone matches Toyota for quality, value, reliability, etc., which begs the question, "Why a VW?" Well, to put it simply, it's "the ride." It is a driver's car at a great price. To be sure, this is a touring car, and that is where it shines. At 80+mph, it's "at home" getting 40 mpg or better. In the city, its performance is a bit lurchy. In traffic, the turbo isn't a great match.

Best Features

As I said, the ride is quite remarkable. I have enjoyed the triptronic transmission, but I don't use it that much. Comfort is very important, and I should mention that this car exceeds it's competion easily. You really would have to spend much more to match it.

Worst Features

I would love to see this car offered in a hybrid, or perhaps, in a variable fuel.
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