2002 Volkswagen Passat Consumer Review: I'd probably buy another one

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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I'd probably buy another one
By bmicmcd on


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


I bought this car new and I still love it. The driving dynamics and the general build quality are commendable. The fuel economy of the 1.8T is terrific (25 around town, 29-31 on the hwy) yet V6-like acceleration is there when I want it. The Monsoon sound system is great. It's great in the snow (with snow tires). The interior comfort and lighting are super. I have two complaints: a couple things have gone wrong that should not go wrong (clogged heater core) and it is expensive to maintain.

Best Features

Driving dynamics: This car purrs at 105 with no shake and no float! And it corners very well for a family wagon. The Monsoon sound system is darn good.

Worst Features

Mfg quality issues, like ignition coils, cracked pollen filter housing and sediment in the heater core should be corrected. Add a timer mechanism to the exterior mirror heaters.
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