2003 Volkswagen Passat Consumer Review: cool car dude

2003 Volkswagen Passat - Consumer Review

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GLS V6 Wagon (2.8L V6 5-speed Manual)

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By mtbstevo on


2003 Volkswagen Passat GLS V6 Fwd 4dr Wagon (2.8L 6cyl 5M)


I've had this car for a year, and I still get compliments. This car feels like luxury (even though it has cloth seats) is a pleasure to drive. I drove it almost 800 miles in one day, and the miles just flew by (averaged over 80mph no problem). Had a head gasket leak, but VW replaced it no questions. It's been running pretty strong otherwise, although the electronic ignition hesitates in cold temps (<40). The car is very responsive on the highway and almost has that "driving on rails" german feel to it, and the cabin is very quiet (not quite Lexus quiet but close). A little bigger than the A4 but a fraction of the price. Was trying to hold out for new Legacy but no regrets with the VW.

Best Features

Body design is cool, dash design (blue dash lighting when driving at night, faque wood trim and metal accents), stereo, heated seats, almost 6' of room when folding the rear seats back, black cloth trim looks elegant, sun roof, HID headlights, big door pockets for maps, remote garage door access.

Worst Features

Performance is good, but won't beat a beamer out of the block, and the gas mileage (takes Premium) could be more in sinc with the Japanese, dial seat adjustments are wierd, wiper blades don't work that great, could use a more console storage, a full-size spare, higher ground clearance for offroad.
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