2003 Volkswagen Passat Consumer Review: Good car, but too many annoyin

2003 Volkswagen Passat - Consumer Review

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

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Good car, but too many annoying problems
By Tam on


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


I leased this car a couple of years ago - it goes back in December. I love the styling, the interior room, and the comfort. (We call it our "van" because it's so accomodating.) But there are a lot of little things I hate about it. I hate that to make the seats recline, you have to use a stiff knob rather than the usual lever. I hate that the windshield wipers are special ones you have to get at the dealership, which cost tons to replace, and are not nearly as good as I had in my Honda Civic. And the radio reception is poor. We haven't had any mechanical problems with it, and it's been a fine car to own. Just do some comparison shopping first!

Best Features

exterion design, spaciousness, cargo area, the little flap that blocks extra light between the two visors

Worst Features

better radio, standard windshield wipers, less turbo lag, better fuel efficiency
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