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Good Review for Great Car!
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By carguy133
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2002 Volkswagen Passat Sedan GLX 4Motion AWD 4dr Sedan (2.8L 6cyl 5A)


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This car is great.
Exceptional handling, acceleration and design.
4motion system is great in all weather, especially in my town where salt is not used and the roads become solid ice and snow from December until late March.
About 110k miles, full synthetic oil and the engine (not exaggerating) sounds new.
Only problems (as with all cars) AC leaks because I neglected to turn it on enough and tiny beginning of rust on one fender, but will be covered by 12 year rust warranty. Other than that zero mechanical problems, which may surprise some.
I don't baby the car at all, but stay on top of it very well (oil, filters, etc.).
Honestly, take care of this machine and it will take care of you.


Best Features

Favorite features: very smooth V6, 4motion, auto climate control, Monsoon sound, Tiptronic (although manual would be nice), very warm heated seats (5 settings). This car is all around a great machine.


Worst Features

Few improvements: a low setting for wipers would be nice (now only auto, med, high), better placement for climate control buttons, bigger fog lights (more effective), folding rear seats (not available in 4motion- electronics maybe?), 2.8 turbo? could be nice... Other than that, no complaints


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I got this back in high school...
21 of 21 people found this review helpful
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By rilezz13
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2002 Volkswagen Passat Sedan GLS 1.8T 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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I got my black Passat when I was a sophomore in high school. The thing I love most about VWs is the German prestige that comes with the car. Theres something about the way European cars carry themselves as they sail down the highway. I previously owned a 2000 VW Jetta that I absolutly loved. The Passat is technically a superior car, but I think I'll buy another Jetta in the future. If you are thinking of buying one with the turbocharged engine, you MUST MUST use fully synthetic oil and change it every 3 thousand miles.


Best Features

The heated leather seats. The smooth hum of the engine under acceleration. The AWESOME nightime illumination (seriously, i've never ridden in a car with cooler night time lighting than VWs)...Fairly quiet on the road. The interior is also wearing well and is put together tightly. And the fuel econ is very good (30s on the hwy)


Worst Features

Up until around 2005 (2009 for passats) VW engines used timing belts that must be changed on intervals. This service is extremely expensive and should be considered if you plan on buying one. I personally will NEVER by another car that uses a timing belt design. Its perfectly fine if you keep up with changing them, but I hate the risk of having a belt snap and ruin the engine :(


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Love my Passat 8 years later
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Don
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2002 Volkswagen Passat Sedan GLS 1.8T 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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This was and still is my first VW. I love the way it handles, even now at 133000 miles on the odo. Original clutch. Only issues were with ignition coils and radio(replaced under warranty years ago) and a power window regulator (last week). Last week, VW also replaced the trunk lid and remote trunk release -- there was a rust spot at one of the license plate lights and this moisture had caused the trunk release to malfunction. My dealer experience has always been excellent. Sure you pay more than for an independent, but the guys at Hunt Club VW (Ottawa Canada)understand the value of customer service. My next car will be a VW.


Best Features

quiet solid ride, very supportive and heated leather seats. Great highway mileage.


Worst Features

replacing things like light bulbs ought to be easier


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Life Long Vdub owner
17 of 29 people found this review helpful
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By Blake W.
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2002 Volkswagen Passat Sedan GLS 1.8T 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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Ok read up... This is the only review you need to read on this car. If you can live with a few little glitches and dont need your car fixed every time there is a slight shimmy, shake, creek, etc. (other wise you will pay a lot to keep this car running as if brand new like you would for ANY OTHER car), then this is the best car for the money... period. This car is a tank, I beat it hard every day and have put 110k on in just over 3 years. Ive put a few thousand into repairs but who cares. Its fun to drive, I will get it to about 210k and get a new passat. Ive changed oil every 10k (synthetic only) 91 oct MIN! Great in the snow, rain, in 100 degrees or 30 below. Dont be silly with fixes


Best Features

1.8T is light, robust, fast and fuel efficient. The key here is LIGHT. The lighter the car the less wear and tare on the engine, tranny, suspension, breaks so on and so on. Quiet on the inside. Stainless exhaust system never rusts and sounds like a cheap honda coke can.


Worst Features

Ill be picky here because why not. Get rid of the rubber coats handles and knobs in the car, the rubber wears off quickly and looks bad. Lets face it VW, if someone sees a bad looking VW all worn out they wont want to buy one... Hyundais fade out and look cheap after 1 year.. you can tell quality.


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Sad to give up too!
1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By cindyaj
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2002 Volkswagen Passat Sedan GLS 1.8T 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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First comment, I will never buy another Volkswagen. Had the emergency brakes went out a year ago and now my blinkers went out. At 56,000 miles the dealership flushed engine, said all okay to drive, my car died highway 100 miles out of town and had to be towed back and a new engine was put in, was very costly. I only put on 20,000 miles at first year and the dealer said it was my fault not getting regular oil changes. With no rental car provided (not covered by warranty). I also had front cv joints with axle, emission sensors and have been driving with "check engine" light on for 2 years and battery replaced! My sunroof is leaking I can not afford it. Driver side door lock is not work


Best Features

Driving it handles well. gas mileage is great and seat are great


Worst Features

Build car so it won't have so many problems and if there is a start of a problems fix them with a no cost or lower cost.


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