The only reliable parts of the car are manual transmission and Body Paint. The rest sucks. Change interior bulbs, fuse in port 14 and 6 burned out and CCM may need to be replaced. The engine leaks in every single hole so even if you replace head cover gaskets and cranshafts, still leaking. If you close a driver door (in my case) too hard, you may damage a lock and you wont be able to close the door (not lock it up, but simple close) so will have to drive with the open door either holding in place or use a seat belt to hold it. The floor under driver seat is always wet and who knows why.. That's all happen within less then a week of owning a car but it was just fine before the purchase. The car is old and it needs to be understood in the first place. I would defensively suggest to avoid this purchase
"C'mon, let me take this headache off of your hands," are the words that convinced me to give up my dream car of 13 years to a new owner 600 miles and 5 months into ownership. Yes, my near mint Passat W8, who earned the nickname, "German drama queen," was a headache but, to be fair, it was the best headache I'd ever had. To put it simply, this high performance machine will create an addict out of you. Everyone should experience a W8 at least once in their lifetime! What is there not to love about a collectible, very rare, and crazy fast exotic 8 cylinder Audi with a Bugatti engine hiding in the semi-luxurious body of a humble B5.5 Passat? To quote the previous owner who endured 10 years of ownership along with a new engine and torque converter after the car spent 1 year in the shop for electrical issues ($20k worth of warranty work), "Enjoy your W8 to the fullest now because when something goes wrong it will make you curse or empty your bank account." I truly enjoyed my W8 to the fullest. It was a fine example of German over-engineering. Something very special. Still, at the end of the day, when a leaking gas tank and dying alternator (among a few other insignificant issues) caused my car to spend more time sitting in my driveway than on the road, my W8 lived up to it's infamous reputation of being unreliable and extremely costly (at least $4,000) to repair with virtually no one who knows how to properly service them. I can't say that I wouldn't recommend the W8 as it is truly a fantastic car. However, only two types of dedicated people should buy it; the filthy rich and the everyday man who has enough mechanical expertise and experience with VW/Audi to bravely repair one of the most complex and wonderful cars known to man. Even then, only proceed with purchase if your W8 has had it's engine, torque converter, and gas tank replaced (if it wasn't replaced under recall, it will wear out later). If you can't afford the repairs or know how to repair this car yourself, perhaps you'd be better off with an Audi A6 4.2L.
I bought mine sight unseen at auction. The battery was 100% dead, tires all 100% flat and radiator bone dry. I charged it up, aired the tires (patched 1 leak) and filled the radiator. This is an amazing car. Rides like a BMW M3 and hugs the road (even loose gravel, or snow covered roads) like an Audi A8. When you think the gas pedal is pushed all the way, push a little harder and the car goes into "shift down" mode and that's when the power kicks in.
2003 Volkswagen Passat GLX Fwd 4dr Sedan (2.8L 6cyl 5A)
2003 Passat GLX is a fully loaded sedan- two 8 way power seats with memory, rain sensing wipers, folding mirrors, smooth V6 engine and drive train, and other features only available on high end vehicles. Most all the options still work. Only bothersome problem has been the alloy rims pit from the winter salt and develop slow leaks. Recently repaired rims since winter is over- should hold till next year. Paint and body has held up well for Ohio winter roads. This car still turns heads- people don't believe it is 13 years old.