2004 Volkswagen Passat Consumer Review: new owner(4months)

2004 Volkswagen Passat - Consumer Review

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GL 1.8T Wagon (1.8L 4-cyl. Turbo 5-speed Automatic)

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new owner(4months)
By johnwouters on


2004 Volkswagen Passat GL 1.8T Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


selected this model for price,style and
fuel economy 4cylinder. after 2weeks
you get a letter notifying you of the
4cyl engines problems with oil
clogging. whats good is you are
covered by and 8yr unlimited mileage
transferrable warranty for this
problem. whats bad is the need to use
synthetic oil at scheduled oil changes
(double the price) and the need to
maintain documentation of all services
should this problem arise. this was a
disappointment for me becuase i think a
4cylinder engine should provide the
lowest maintenance costs. i am
averaging 24 mpg over 5000 miles. the
car so far has been enjoyable, but i am
coming off an acura tl

Best Features

extra space in the back. the engine is peppy. the ride is very solid, 90mph is very comfortable. i like the styling as well.

Worst Features

engine oil must be synthetic $65 or oil change. other comparisons are unfair since my last car was acura tl. i am definitely disappointed with paint quality, much easier to scratch than other cars i've had. electronically adjusting seats are not available on 4cyl.
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