2003 Volkswagen Passat Consumer Review: 2003 GL Wagon 1.8L Manual

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GL Wagon (1.8L 4-cyl. Turbo 5-speed Manual)

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2003 GL Wagon 1.8L Manual
By philzone on


2003 Volkswagen Passat GL Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


Very happy with my purchase overall.
Unfortuately, one wheel was unbalanced
by 2.5 oz. when I drove it off the lot,
but did not notice until I was on the
interstate. Initial gas mileage is not
quite as good as expected, perhaps more
time will tell. Also was extremely
difficult to find as a 5-speed manual,
but I eventually got what I wanted
after waiting till 2003 models.
Excellent and responsive engine and
tight suspension, with the cargo room I
was looking for without buying an SUV
or minivan.

Best Features

Its all too much to list a definitive favorite.

Worst Features

Engine is a bit sluggish at low RPM. Trunk latch is not very convenient, since you only have so much time to open it after toggling the interior switch or pressing the key button.
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