Used 2003 Volkswagen Passat Sedan

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2003 Volkswagen Passat
List price range
$1,990 - $4,995

Pros

  • Fun to drive, excellent value in GL or GLS trim, roomy interior with upscale feel, outstanding build and materials quality, available all-wheel drive.

Cons

  • Expensive upper-level models, can't get AWD on GLS, less rear-seat room than Camry or Altima, some confusing interior controls.

Used 2003 Volkswagen Passat Sedan for Sale

Volkswagen Passat 2003
94,256 miles
Used 2003
Volkswagen Passat
GLX
Shell Motors
8.8 mi away
List$4,995
Est.Loan: $102/mo
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Volkswagen Passat 2003
130,444 miles
Used 2003
Volkswagen Passat
GL
Nobel Auto Select
50.4 mi away
List$1,990
Est.Loan: $41/mo
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Volkswagen Passat 2003 GLX Fwd 4dr Sedan (2.8L 6cyl 5A)
113,273 miles
Used 2003
Volkswagen Passat
GLX
List$4,995
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Volkswagen Passat 2003 GLX 4Motion AWD 4dr Sedan (2.8L 6cyl 5A)
119,218 miles
Used 2003
Volkswagen Passat
GLX 4Motion
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Dealer Notes
Heated Front Bucket Seats,Leather Seat Trim,Premium AM/FM CD & Cassette,4-Wheel Disc Brakes,Air Conditioning,Cassette,Front Bucket Seats,Front Center Armrest,Front Cupholders,Tachometer,ABS brakes,AM/FM radio,Adjustable head restraints%3A driver and passenger, rear w/tilt,Alloy wheels,Automatic temperature control,Bodyside moldings,Bumpers%3A body-color,CD player,Driver door bin,Driver vanity mirror,Dual front impact airbags,Dual front side impact airbags,Four wheel independent suspension,Front anti-roll bar,Front fog lights,Front reading lights,Garage door transmitter%3A Homelink,Genuine wood dashboard insert,Genuine wood door panel insert,Heated door mirrors,Heated front seats,Illuminated entry,Leather steering wheel,Memory seat,Outside temperature display,Overhead airbag,Panic alarm,Passenger door bin,Passenger vanity mirror,Power door mirrors,Power driver seat,Power moonroof,Power passenger seat,Power steering,Power windows,Rain sensing wipers,Rear anti-roll bar,Rear reading lights,Rear seat center armrest,Rear window defroster,Remote keyless entry,Security system,Speed control,Steering wheel mounted audio controls,Telescoping steering wheel,Tilt steering wheel,Traction control,Trip computer,Variably intermittent wipers,Auto-dimming Rear-View mirror,8 Speakers,Speed-Sensitive Wipers,Rear Window Blind
Volkswagen Passat 2003 GLS V6 Fwd 4dr Sedan (2.8L 6cyl 5A)
189,450 miles
Used 2003
Volkswagen Passat
GLS V6
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Edmunds' Expert Review

This is our favorite midsize car -- in both sedan and wagon form. Don't make your vehicle choice without driving one.

vehicle overview

Introduction: Ever since the mid-1997 incarnation of the current generation -- followed by significant updates in mid-2001 -- the Volkswagen Passat has proven to be our favorite midsize family car. Apparently consumers agree with our assessment. Sales of Passats have increased more than six-fold since 1997. The car appeals to those who seek something a little different from the mainstream and are willing to pay a little more for the Passat's style and European engineering.

Last year, we saw the first production application of VW's "W" family of engines, as the long-awaited Passat W8 sedan and wagon arrived in the U.S., replete with the 4Motion all-wheel-drive system. With an MSRP around $38K, the entry-luxury W8 is out of reach for the typical family car buyer, but look at it this way: Where else can you find a German car with eight cylinders for this price? Still, there are many good six-cylinder competitors in this price bracket, so it's a good idea to shop around.

The Passat family is now spread out across the 20 to 40K price range; whether you seek a cloth-lined sedan with a manual transmission or a leather-lined wagon with all-wheel drive, you'll be getting an entertaining midsize car with comfortable, upscale cabin accommodations, a lengthy list of safety features and tight construction.

Body Styles, Trim Levels and Options: VW offers the Passat sedan and wagon in four trim levels -- GL, GLS, GLX and W8. The GL comes with four-wheel antilock disc brakes, traction control, cruise control, side and head curtain airbags, a driver-seat height adjuster, a CD player, power windows and locks, keyless entry, 15-inch steel wheels, a fullsize spare and power heated mirrors. Options include stability control (ESP) with brake assist, a premium sound system and a dealer-installed CD changer.

The GLS adds a sunroof and alloy wheels; it has the options available as the GL does, as well as seat heaters and leather upholstery. All of the above are standard on the GLX, except for ESP and the CD changer, which remain optional. Additionally, GLX models come with power seats, rain-sensing wipers, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and 16-inch wheels. Note that GLX models are available in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive (4Motion). If you spring for the W8, 4Motion and ESP come standard, as do vented disc brakes all around, xenon headlamps and an upgraded trip computer. A sport package (a firmer suspension and 17-inch wheels) is optional on the W8 only.

Powertrains and Performance: Of the three engine choices, our favorite is the 1.8-liter turbocharged inline four that delivers 170 horsepower. It's standard on the GL and is one of two choices for the GLS. The other choice is a 190-hp 2.8-liter V6. While no longer among the fastest six-cylinders in the midsize class, this V6 is buttery smooth; it's standard on the GLX. Both engines come with either a five-speed manual or a five-speed automatic. Available on GLX models with automatic transmissions is the 4Motion AWD system. Under normal traction conditions, the system splits power 50/50 between the front and rear; it can redistribute power up to a 67/33 ratio either way to combat slippage. The W8 sedan and wagon are powered by a compact 4.0-liter eight-cylinder engine (called "W8" because of its staggered cylinders) that develops 270 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. 4Motion is standard, and, for 2003, both the automatic and a six-speed manual will be offered.

Safety: The Passat earned five stars for both of NHTSA's frontal impact crash tests and four stars in the side-impact categories. The IIHS gave it a "good" rating for the offset crash test. All models come with front side airbags and head curtain airbags for the front and rear. Stability control is standard on the W8 and optional on other models. Interior Design and Special Features: Even at the GL trim level, the Passat's cabin is comfortable and upscale in feel. Wagons provide 39 cubic feet of luggage space; fold down the 60/40 rear seat and you'll have 56.5 cubic feet (54.6 for 4Motion models). Driving Impressions: With a well-balanced suspension and perfectly weighted steering, the Passat is one of the most entertaining midsize cars around. Some drivers might find body roll a bit excessive around turns, but the trade-off for excellent ride quality is worthwhile.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2003 Volkswagen Passat.

Love and Hate Relationship
tmf12192, 4/23/2014
I loved my Passat, but hated when it went in for service. I work at a VW dealer so I'm thankful for an employee discount otherwise I'd had to get rid of this car long ago. It didn't matter if it came down to something as little as an oil change there was always something wrong. I owned my car 3.5 years and through 4 PA state inspections and it didn't pass any of them on the first try. I bought the car with 70k and trading it in on Tuesday with 115k on the odometer. Currently no check engine light, but to pass emissions it needs an O2 sensor and possible vacuum pump. After 3.5 years and almost 6k spent on service I've had enough. I loved the look and feel of the car just not the upkeep.
Best car I've ever owned
eggheader, 3/22/2015
I bought new, now have over 230,000 miles. This is a fun car to drive, especially with the manual. Have not had any major mechanical issues. The paint and interior have held up very well. Only annoyance is that the headlights burn out more often than most, but are easy to replace. Keeping up with preventive maintenance and fixing small problems quickly are essential though! Parts are expensive, and I agree with other reviewers that dealer service departments are terrible- I found a great VW mechanic locally.
Wonderful solid agile
Brandon, 5/11/2016
I bought mine sight unseen at auction. The battery was 100% dead, tires all 100% flat and radiator bone dry. I charged it up, aired the tires (patched 1 leak) and filled the radiator. This is an amazing car. Rides like a BMW M3 and hugs the road (even loose gravel, or snow covered roads) like an Audi A8. When you think the gas pedal is pushed all the way, push a little harder and the car goes into "shift down" mode and that's when the power kicks in.
V6 4Motion great buy, but underpowered
Daniel, 6/12/2010
Purchased the vehicle with approx 80k miles. Loaded, flagship model in the lineup, everything electric/mechanical still works fine. This car is a tank -- very heavy, very "safe" feeling. V6 feels underpowered. Should've bought the V8. However, 4motion has saved my life twice. No hesitance to load my family (with newborn) into car.
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Features & Specs

MPG
19 city / 28 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
170 hp @ 5900 rpm
MPG
17 city / 25 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
190 hp @ 6000 rpm
MPG
17 city / 24 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
190 hp @ 6000 rpm
MPG
17 city / 26 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed manual
Gas
190 hp @ 6000 rpm
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Safety

IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Poor
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

More about the 2003 Volkswagen Passat
Used 2003 Volkswagen Passat Sedan Overview

The Used 2003 Volkswagen Passat Sedan is offered in the following styles: GLS 1.8T Fwd 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5A), GLX Fwd 4dr Sedan (2.8L 6cyl 5A), GLX 4Motion AWD 4dr Sedan (2.8L 6cyl 5A), GLX Fwd 4dr Sedan (2.8L 6cyl 5M), GL Fwd 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5A), GLS 1.8T Fwd 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M), GLS V6 Fwd 4dr Sedan (2.8L 6cyl 5A), W8 4Motion AWD 4dr Sedan (4.0L 8cyl 5A), GLS V6 Fwd 4dr Sedan (2.8L 6cyl 5M), GL Fwd 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M), and W8 4Motion AWD 4dr Sedan (4.0L 8cyl 6M).

What's a good price on a Used 2003 Volkswagen Passat Sedan?

Price comparisons for Used 2003 Volkswagen Passat Sedan trim styles:

  • The Used 2003 Volkswagen Passat Sedan GLX is priced between $4,995 and$4,995 with odometer readings between 94256 and113273 miles.
  • The Used 2003 Volkswagen Passat Sedan GL is priced between $1,990 and$1,990 with odometer readings between 130444 and130444 miles.

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