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2003 Volkswagen Passat

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Would not recommend this vehicle
5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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By deck3
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2003 Volkswagen Passat GL Fwd 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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My 2003 Passat had 91,000 miles when the engine sludged; a known problem with this engine.
This car has been more stress than the $14,000 purchase price.
The original sludged engine had to be replaced with a new engine ($3,695), installed and the engine reset ($977 + $252), as well as the cost of a replacement car ($900).
Stress and towing not included.
VW's CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT regarding the Sludging of its Passat vehicles has been anything but easy. VW had multiple hoops to jump through. The Oil Sludge Settlement Administrator group had told me on more than one occasion that I would be "reimbursed 100% of the above expenses", but I just received a reimbursement check barely large enough to cover the cost of the engine ($3991.98).
What a shame.
This engine had problems, VW was aware of these problems, and VW was taken to court and made to reimburse those who purchased these problems.
This company, Volkswagen, is not a reputable company to deal with based on my dealings with them. Both their product and business handlings have been of poor caliber.
I would not recommend doing business with Volkswagen.


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I honestly am so disgusted with the Passat vehicle and Volkswagen - the company. There was much undo strain because of these two. I would recommend you not waste your time with VW, but look into other brands instead.


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The engine had to be replaced, the radio broke, was replaced and again is broken, there have been multiple recalls, the service for this vehicle is very expensive, and the overall stress related to the unreliability of this car is not worth it.


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One of my favorites
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By wg_h66
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2003 Volkswagen Passat GLX 4Motion AWD 4dr Sedan (2.8L 6cyl 5A)


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Purchased mine used '07. Overall a very fun and satisfying car to own. The fuel efficiency really wasn't that great and it is premium only, so it can be expensive. The only issue I had with it was due to the cabin pollen filter not being maintained properly. Two days of heavy rain and the passenger side floor was filled causing computer damage. (I had no idea going in that this was an issue). If you are reading these reviews before purchase then you will have a very dependable car.


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Classy look, luxurious interior, (in Michigan...the heated seats were very nice). AWD was so much fun in the winter.


Worst Features

Maybe having an engine that can run on less octane?


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Worst car ever
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By dreidjr
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2003 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8T Fwd 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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I purchased this car used in march of 08 with 70k on it, within the first month my car was back at the VW dealer water magically found its way into the cabin destroying the CCM $1200 fix. Two months later ignition coils go bad causing car to have a misfire... $350 fix. 4 months later i pull off from the stop light i smell coolant and see smoke coming from engine compartment.. pop the hood theres coolant squirting everywhere.. towed to vw dealer 1300 for a clamp.. really vw?? a day later same thing happens again..within the 4 years ive owned this car i probably paid more in repairs than its worth DO NOT BUY this car unless you like wasting money


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interior and exterior design car looks sleek. paint quality is well still shines up like its new


Worst Features

everything that makes the car run and drive...car is built very very poorly


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passat
6 of 13 people found this review helpful
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By marlene2
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2003 Volkswagen Passat GL Fwd 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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the worst car nothing but trouble after 3 years


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2003 VW Passat GLS 1.8T
13 of 18 people found this review helpful
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By vw2003passat
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2003 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8T Fwd 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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I purchased this vehicle new in 2003. It's still with me: 149,500 miles later. I appreciate a car that's made it this far, and is fun to drive, but the VW Passat exacts a price: lots of problems and plenty of expensive maintenance. I've had a bad radio, bad brake light switch, malfunctioning seat heaters, bad airbag light, three replaced CV boots, a bad oil cooler, and the check engine light is on so much I'm surprised the bulb hasn't burned out. Add to this $40 wipers, $70 oil changes, and VW dealerships who are terribly nice while they rattle off a long list of questionable repairs. If you're considering this car or any VW, I highly recommend you stay far, far away.


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