2001 Volkswagen Passat Consumer Review: My Best Car Yet...

2001 Volkswagen Passat - Consumer Review

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GLS 1.8T Sedan (1.8L 4-cyl. Turbo 5-speed Manual)

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My Best Car Yet...
By Connie on


2001 Volkswagen Passat New GLS 1.8T 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


I rarely make it more than four years without getting the itch to replace a vehicle for some reason, but I still love getting in this car every day. I bought it used in '02 with 34,000 miles and aside from oil changes, brakes, and tires. The only work I've had to do was replace the belly pan under the engine. I'm meticulous about changing the oil and my mechanic has changed to synthetic oil, probably due to the "oil sludge" problem. It is basically an Audi A4. It is a great looking vehicle loaded with extras, very economical, and reliable at 115,000 miles. It is still a quick car that is FUN to drive. I get compliments on it all the time.

Best Features

The powerful little turbo, great gas mileage, moonroof, leather interior, heated seats, the violet and red dash lighting and the gas tank feature that says how many miles of gas left in the tank!

Worst Features

Provide more space under the dash, a more spacious center console, and the pedals on the floor are too close together (in the 5-speed). My husband has a hard time with the clutch.
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