2003 Volkswagen Passat Consumer Review: Love your mechanic, you'll see

2003 Volkswagen Passat - Consumer Review

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

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Love your mechanic, you'll see him a lot!
By Steve A on


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


The car has had repeated issues with brakes (5 incidents). Electrical problems with doors, set heaters, fuel pump issue. Repeated Check Engine Light warnings with repeated assurances that it was a computer "glitch". Only after the car was out of warranty did they agree to change the charcoal cannister (at my expense) which resolved the issue that plagued me for a year! I wasted too much time on this car. Would not buy another VW product based on service experience. Rear brakes are too thin and the fuel economy is appalling.

Best Features

The car handles well, little feature like auto-down and auto-up windows are nice at the drive-thru. It is smooth and secure in the manner that it handles. It truly provides the ride quality of an Audi at a VW price.

Worst Features

The car could use better brake pads on the rear, with greater durability. The CV joints have worn out at less than 60,000 miles, sad to say. The electrical system including door wiring, keyless remote and set heaters have been an issue.
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