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2003 Volkswagen Passat Wagon

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love it, but...
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By kschel
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2003 Volkswagen Passat Wagon GLS 1.8T Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


Review

Fun to drive despite appreciable turbo
lag off the line. Have had numerous
little problems which the dealership
has been able to fix. This is
certainly no Toyota in terms of build
quality or reliability, but then again
it isn't a mere "transportation
appliance"--actually has personality.
I wouldn't have bought it without VW
extending the base warranty to 48
months. Wonderful interior, nice
quality feel.


Best Features

interior; handling; safety ratings


Worst Features

better quality control! less turbo lag


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Alternative to a gas hungry SUV
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By Germans do it best
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2003 Volkswagen Passat Wagon GLS 1.8T Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


Review

This es a good looking well built
vehicle with a lot more space than a
sedan to haul things. It handles road
iregularities and conors very well.
You really feel like you are driving
something that is going to last a long
time when you are behind the wheel.
The 4 cylinder Turbo engine coupled
with the 5 speed automatic does a good
job of moving along in any kind of
traffic. Turbo lag is not really a
problem and you can enter a freeway on
ramp with confidence. Styling is very
good from any angle, but especially
from the rear. The taillights are not
only attractive but very visable to
drivers approaching from the rear.


Best Features

Terific styling, build quality and solid feel from opening and closing the doors to driving down the road.


Worst Features

Make it easier to change motor oil and oil filter. Add just a little bit more padding to the front seat bottoms. VW specifies using only 5w40 motor oil for oil changes yet their dealers routienly use anything but 5w40 motor oil. Some consistancy on this point would be comforting.


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Love our family wagon
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By lovemywagon
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2003 Volkswagen Passat Wagon GL Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


Review

Purchasing the Volkswagon Passat Wagon
was a compromise between me and my
husband. We previously owned an SUV
which I hated from day one. I wanted a
comfortable sedan. He thought we
needed more space. We were also in the
market for a new car for him. He got
the sedan at the same time. We love
them both. There are a couple of pet
peeves I have about the vehicle - the
blinker doesn't shut off until the
steering wheel is almost in a straigt
position and I find the windshield
wiper controls hard to maneuver - but
minor details compared to everything
else. The back seat is also a bit
tight with two car seats back there.


Best Features

Not an SUV, pretty good mileage, tight steering, quiet ride, back storage area as large as our former SUV.


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Disappointed with GLS Wagon
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By jkilo
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2003 Volkswagen Passat Wagon GL Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


Review

Made a mistake purchasing this vehicle.
Build quality and dealer service have
been poor. Paint had numerous small
blems. Rear hatch trim replaced
twice. Roof line trim inserts bow up.
Fully loaded highway ride not
comfortable. 1.8T slow off the line -
OK at speed. Fuel economy not great.
Tip: on your test drive set tire
pressure
to mfg spec - this dealer sets them
low to smooth out ride.


Best Features

Cargo room. Visibilty. Dash layout. Wipers very effective. Monsoon stereo.


Worst Features

More torque. Fit & finish. Ride quality.


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Best vehicle I have owned!
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By Hawk12
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2003 Volkswagen Passat Wagon GLS 1.8T Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


Review

After having a turbo golf for 1.5
years, we needed more room and got the
Passat. Wow, night and day
difference. I have had this now for
about 1.5 years and 32000 miles and all
I can say is that I have 0 issues with
this car. No rattles, no squeaks,
smooth ride, good power, great feel and
stability. Having been in countless
other cars over the years, I can say
this is as good as it gets in this
price range. Highly recommended!


Best Features

Smooth ride. Slot under dash for owners manual. A/C vent in glove box. Overall quality of materials.


Worst Features

Set all 4 doors to open upon unlocking with the remote as standard rather than having to have it "reprogramed" by the dealer.


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