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Used car test: 2002 VW Passat GLS Wagon
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By carb5
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2002 Volkswagen Passat Wagon GLS 1.8T 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


Review

I purchased a CPO 2002 Passat GLS 1.
8T Wagon in April of 2004 for a
cross-Canada trip heading west from
Ottawa to Vancouver Island then North
through Dawson Creek B.C. (mile 0 of the
Alaska Highway) and further north to
Great Slave Lake (above the 60th
Parallel) and back. The trip totalled
17000km and took 205 hours according to
the trip computer. The Passat swallowed
all of our gear and never complained
through a daily average of 6 hours on
the road at speeds anywhere from 30 to
75 mph. We averaged 36mpg over the full
distance in 32 days. Nothing went wrong.
A flawless trip in a car that left me
extremely impressed. I'd buy a new one
in a heartbeat.


Best Features

Power and economy are each well represented and delivered with the 1.8T. Our route covered everything from prairie vastness to high snowy mountain peaks to twisty shoreline roads and this little engine 'that could' solidly delivered 35+ mpg day after day and never lacked get up and go.


Worst Features

Firm up the ride a bit. While definitely 'not your father's Oldsmobile' the ride could be more taut through the curvy bits. The clutch pedal has far too much travel; my 94 Probe GT has better clutch feel and action. Improve the seatback tilt control (that knob has got to go).


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Never Again!!!
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By saglugger
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2002 Volkswagen Passat Wagon GLS 1.8T 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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If you insist on buying a Passat, stay
away from the 4 cylendar. We have had
more problems with this car in two
years than I have had with my '96
corolla in 9 years. We had to have it
towed twice for ignition coil
failures. The passenger
side seatbelt broke and it took 2
weeks to get it repaired. Then
several trips to the dealer for the
check engine light which dumbfounded
the technicians. The final straw came
on the 25,000 mile service when they
told me the rear brake pads and rotors
were 90% worn and rusted. AT 25,000
miles!!!. $350.00. The dealer did
repair them on warrenty but only after
I threatened to get a second opinion.
Hmmmm.


Best Features

Style, interior quality and base-level features.


Worst Features

More storage space/compartments. Better CD compartment. Better cruise contol controls. Get rid of the automatic locking tail gate.


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A Keeper!
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By Too Tall
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2002 Volkswagen Passat Wagon GLX 4Motion AWD 4dr Wagon (2.8L 6cyl 5A)


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This wagon is an ideal vehicle for
almost anyone. It'll carry four in
total comfort, five in a pinch, and
haul stuff in the rear that sedans
can't match. And, with AWD, it does it
in all but the worst blizzards.
Performance-wise, it keeps up with all
but the hottest performers on the road.
The car is two years old, and I'm still
getting complements on how nice it is
and admiring looks from other motorists.


Best Features

The blue and red dash lighting at night just has to be seen; it's a knock-out! The leather seating is just right, especially for six-footers like me. This car came with every feature as standard equipment, and I love the creature-comforts that abound. Automatic EVERYTHING!


Worst Features

More storage room for CD's, tapes and other junk. The center console holds practically nothing (two tapes at a time and a few other small items!) and the glove box is too small and far away from the driver to hold tapes and CD's.


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Nothing but problems!
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By boettcherca
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2002 Volkswagen Passat Wagon GLS 1.8T 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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My car is currently 2 years old with
around 40,000 miles on it. It started
off great. Then after 1 month I had it
in the shop because I ran out o gas
when it said I still had 1/2 tank! It
took over a week to fix. Then I had
to take it in again 3 other times for
a leaking gas tank. 2 months ater that
the car started stalling out when I
slowed at intersections, unable to
restart. Took it in and they had it
for 4 days and claimed to have fixed
it. 1 week later same thing....
Long story short, the problem is
stillnot resolved and not once have
they given me a loner car! Do not buy
this car.


Best Features

The look and the mileage are great


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2002 Passat Wagon, 1.8T
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By Sedrick Mitchell
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2002 Volkswagen Passat Wagon GLS 1.8T 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


Review

I bought this care new and it has
American Specs. We live in Europe and
this car is really great on the
European roads. It gets great gas
mileage and is fun to drive.


Best Features

Lots of power. Lots of room for the family. Economical.


Worst Features

More trunk space.


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