2002 Volkswagen Passat Consumer Review: Great Car, Persistent Annoyanc

2002 Volkswagen Passat - Consumer Review

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GLX 4Motion Wagon (2.8L V6 AWD 5-speed Automatic)

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Great Car, Persistent Annoyances
By kcuth on


2002 Volkswagen Passat GLX 4Motion AWD 4dr Wagon (2.8L 6cyl 5A)


Purchased in March 2002, I've driven the
Passat through very severe snow storms
in the Sierra, as I frequently commute
between Reno and San Francisco. The
all-wheel drive system holds the road
like a cat; the 6-cylinder engine
accelerates smoothly with plenty of
power over the steepest grades. Handling
is very good:firm and predictable, with
no sudden surprises in the curves. Far
superior to any SUV on the market.
Seating is comfortable and visibility,
all-round, is good.

I like the car very much but will not
replace it with another Passat at end of
lease period, in one year.

Recommended with reservations (see below.)

Best Features

Braking and handling; power plant; all-wheel drive; fit and finish; interior design; auto-manual transmission; safety features; comfort; sound system. A very good looking car for its class.
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