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Great car!
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By djbaumga
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2002 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8T 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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When I was looking to purchase this car, all my research told me this car has engine problems. I got this with a brand new engine and have run nothing but Mobil 1 full synthetic oil. As a result, this thing has been incredible! Only routine maintenance has come up. Great fun to drive and very stylish as well.


Best Features

Great interior build quality. Fun to drive, excellent handling, great response, Instrument panel is really cool.


Worst Features

for 2002, it was ahead of its time and it still rivals some cars today!


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somone who likes their passat
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By vdub4life
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2002 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8T 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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I bought my passat in 05. i have always like volkswagens but if your are going to buy one you must get the previous service records. this car hs been great very fun to drive and great in the snow. traction control, abs and, 6 air bags. very safe. synthetic oil is expensive but cleaner and better and premium gas burns cleaner and is better for the car. i have had no problems or dislikes. if you take car of it it takes car of you. o yea if you use nicer bulbs, they last longer don't buy the cheapest its not always the beat deal


Best Features

5 speed is fast and fun. indigo dash lights. great miles per gallon. brakes are also good. very quiet


Worst Features

the car could be lighter. heated rear seats


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Money Drain: $5000.00 in 6 yrs.
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By ileangoodnite
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2002 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8T 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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I loved this car. I believed the seller: "it might last 12-15 years". Excessively expensive routine- maintenance, + $ thousands for major system failures. In 6 years, they sucked $5,000.00 for: Sensors x 5; Ignition coils; radio; left axle; right axle x 2; gas hood strut; water pump; left rear door lock x 3; motor mounts (1 month before engine failed & replaced under recall); intercooler; heat shields;(recalls) rib belt; timing belt; homelink dropped off...fix cost= $500; tires replaced x2; 'transmission range switch' cleaned ($101.00. Following week: same switch replaced: $1,000.) Upholstery frayed; paint peeling; Disappointing. Stressful. Friends and I will not buy another VW product.


Best Features

Comfortable, heated seats, great leg room, trunk & seats hold lots of cargo, safe. Good appearance, gas cap attached by cord. AC/heat& ventilation-good. powerful, good mileage.


Worst Features

Decide whether parts are expensive because they are German-made, or defective because they are American- made. Improve the reliability. Stand behind your workmanship. offer fewer stodgy colors/more jazzy colors.


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This car hauls ACE!
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By B-bop
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2002 Volkswagen Passat GLX 4dr Sedan (2.8L 6cyl 5M)


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Thank heavens for my warranty. These cars are fun but fickle. At about 45,000 miles, the car had a very long case of the "flu." It was certified used, so I milked that warranty for over $4,000 in repairs. The maintenance can be an expensive hassle, though.


Best Features

For a 2002, it has a truly timeless look. The Tiptronic transmission allows for very quick maneuvering.


Worst Features

Secure the bloody splash guard better!


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Nice looking/performing MONEY PIT:(
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By MIke T
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2002 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8T 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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We bought this as a lease return with about 20k on it. Now has 68,000. Great motor fun to drive with good power for size. Be sure to be close to a repair shop though. I have replaced a bad water pump(plastic?) and timing belt at 40k. 2 sets of front brakes and rotors, one set of rear calipers with rotors. Both cv shafts, lower ball joint, tie rod end. 2 coils and 2 sets of plugs. I will never own a light beige cloth interior, impossible to keep clean, peeling paint inside, plastic trim breaks easily. 3 sets of tires in 68K. Brake booster froze up(fixed under warranty recall). Now the temp gauge is going out. Enough already! No more VW's. Honda/Toyota may be boring but you won't go broke.


Best Features

1.8T engine has great power for size. Great handling. Great styling.


Worst Features

Reliability need to step up to the level of even a domestic car, my chrysler has had way less problems and has twice the mileage. Interior need to be more durable. Wagons are going to be used to haul stuff(kids/pets) and it just can't take it. Scrap the plastic water pump design, even new is plastic.


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