2002 Volkswagen Passat Consumer Review: Nice looking/performing MONEY

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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Nice looking/performing MONEY PIT:(
By MIke T on


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


We bought this as a lease return with about 20k on it. Now has 68,000. Great motor fun to drive with good power for size. Be sure to be close to a repair shop though. I have replaced a bad water pump(plastic?) and timing belt at 40k. 2 sets of front brakes and rotors, one set of rear calipers with rotors. Both cv shafts, lower ball joint, tie rod end. 2 coils and 2 sets of plugs. I will never own a light beige cloth interior, impossible to keep clean, peeling paint inside, plastic trim breaks easily. 3 sets of tires in 68K. Brake booster froze up(fixed under warranty recall). Now the temp gauge is going out. Enough already! No more VW's. Honda/Toyota may be boring but you won't go broke.

Best Features

1.8T engine has great power for size. Great handling. Great styling.

Worst Features

Reliability need to step up to the level of even a domestic car, my chrysler has had way less problems and has twice the mileage. Interior need to be more durable. Wagons are going to be used to haul stuff(kids/pets) and it just can't take it. Scrap the plastic water pump design, even new is plastic.
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