2002 Volkswagen Passat Consumer Review: good car so far

2002 Volkswagen Passat - Consumer Review

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

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good car so far
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2002 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8T 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


bought the car new initially had a problem with the windshield wiper relay (wipers quit working in hard rain) which was poorly handled by the dealership. Had to threaten with lawsuit to get them to properly diagnose and replace. few other problems so far. The "home link" controller broke out of the sunshade and was fixed under warranty. starter motor gave up at 45000 miles and VW would not pay for replacement (very disappointed as this is a highway vehicle with very few starts per day). handle of glove compartment broke off (did not fix yet). multi-function display is getting very dim. one new CV joint @ 84Kmiles. car has been great otherwise pleasure and fun to drive (see below)

Best Features

engine is very powerful especially in the mountains, good gas mileage on highway, very quiet and comfortable ride but still fun to drive hard, roomy interior, wife loves heated seats. moonroof works well and is tight

Worst Features

cruise control off/on switch needs redesign - it is hard to operate. home link (aka garage door opener) built into in sunshade is flimsy. sunshades too small - need extensions. glove compartment handle breaks easily too little engine breaking downhill (result of anti-skid system)
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