2002 Volkswagen Passat Consumer Review: Beautiful but very unreliable

2002 Volkswagen Passat - Consumer Review

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GLX Sedan (2.8L V6 5-speed Manual)

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Beautiful but very unreliable car.
By Eddy on


2002 Volkswagen Passat GLX 4dr Sedan (2.8L 6cyl 5M)


I was attracted by the interior and exterior design of the Passat. Very beautiful car, feel like luxury compare to a Camry or Accord. But the biggest problem is reliability. There has been too many recalls on this car. I have had all kind of problems with this car. Oil pump, Vacuum hoses, Water pump, OIL SLUDGE...etc This car was apparently not built to last long. Even the mechanic at my VW Dealership recommended that I get rid of the car. I am very happy I did. Buy this car only if you love to visit the mechanic every month and spend a lot of money on costly repairs. If you choose to buy it, sell it before the warranty expires.

Best Features

Nice stereo sound, Tiptronic.

Worst Features

Reliability. Fix this car VW, your reputation is on the line here.
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