2003 Volkswagen Passat Consumer Review: VOLKSWAGEN: No longer for the

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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VOLKSWAGEN: No longer for the "VOLKS"
By mcVT on


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


After about five weeks, the transmission in my 2003 Volkswagen Passat failed (fortunately the warranty covered it, at no cost to us). Throughout the time that we have owned this car, we have had it in the shop for warranty issues more often than we like. There is always for some molding or other annoying piece that really has no business failing off. Despite the legendary quality of German engineering, little problems with this car have been getting to us, like the windows freeze shut at the slightest hint of ice and you can't open the rear hatch without unlocking it. It has been difficult as a family vehicle, particularly with two young kids and a dog. It is just too small for our family. Other than that, it has been a great car.

Best Features

The engine is good and peppy. The driver's display is easy to read and functional. The LATCH system is great for the child seats. LOTS of safety features.

Worst Features

Give the rear hatch a mechanical opening mechanism, instead of the electrical lock/release that it has now. Make the exterior more ice friendly.
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