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2003 Volkswagen Passat Wagon

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No Regrets but not perfect
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By navitor
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2003 Volkswagen Passat Wagon GLX 4Motion AWD 4dr Wagon (2.8L 6cyl 5A)


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We owned our Passat wagon for almost 5 years and 52,000 miles. Overall this has been a good car. My wife loved it for hauling around our first child for the first 4 years then I got it when we put her in a Honda Odyssey for hauling our two kids. I used it as a commuting car into Houston from the burbs or to the park and ride. The car has a nice tight steering feel and great suspension. The overall ride quality is very good. I think the instruments are good and not too complicated which I have often read. The engine was good but the car felt a little underpowered at times with the AWD. I would generally recommend this car.


Best Features

Nice steering and suspension, comfortable seating, heated side view mirrors and seats. Very smooth ride. Solid construction. Usually wins in a minor fender bender. Good sound system.


Worst Features

From day one, the transmission had a way of engaging the drive train in a rough manner (not smooth). I had VW check this out when it was new and they said the problem would go away when it "broke in" but it never did. Recently, at 45k miles, a dealer told me the situation was normal. Beware.


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Good, practical car
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By Jay
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2003 Volkswagen Passat Wagon GLS 1.8T Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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Overall Passat is a very good and practical car, did not have any major problems, pleasure to drive, excellent trunk space (as a wagon). Interior is nice, quality of radio sound is good.


Best Features

Space of trunk, interior design, comfortable seats.


Worst Features

City mileage is not very good, sometimes I only get 19 or 20 if I do a lot of stopping or during a rush hour. Turbo makes a car not very economic. Another thing - road noise.


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Get it fixed right
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By Robert in Alhambra
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2003 Volkswagen Passat Wagon GLS 1.8T Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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First, I can not understand why there are so many parts within the wheel bearing. That aside, my car has been a very reliable car. After 120k miles, I have replaced all of the ignition coils, spark plugs, struts, and a few other items. The importance of a reliable mechanic can not be made enough. The dealership's work - all of it ever made - had to be redone. No kidding. After I started going to an honest mechanic, someone who told me about certain gas stations, rather than replacing something that didn't need fixing, life was better.


Best Features

The ride is still firm, yet comfortable, and no other car has the space in the back. The leather is still intact and the AC is chill'in. Could use a little more HP.


Worst Features

Floor mats move on me a bit because a car wash attendant tried taking one out without unsnapping it.


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Engine Problem
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By murphya
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2003 Volkswagen Passat Wagon GLX 4Motion AWD 4dr Wagon (2.8L 6cyl 5A)


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After 67,000 miles, the entire engine block cracked after hitting a pothole or small object in the road. VW would not admit any liability, my collision paid for it. The car runs very low to the ground. It seems like such a major repair for a minor collision. Cost $6700 to repair.


Best Features

Solid feel, safety features, good trunk room in Wagon. The air, radio, and other features have been great.


Worst Features

Oil pan is very low to ground. Had a problem with my other Passat too. Repairs very expensive. Had 3 recalls and heard another one is due.


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Do not buy a VW!
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By Sorry I bought
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2003 Volkswagen Passat Wagon GLS 1.8T Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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Two words...oil sludge. All VWs of this engine type (and the V6 I've heard) have several fundamental problems that VW is unwilling to address. Poorly engineered product. Go with a Japanese competitor.


Best Features

Tiptronic.


Worst Features

New engine/oil pump system


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