2004 Volkswagen Passat Consumer Review: Own 2002.5 MY/2003 spec

2004 Volkswagen Passat - Consumer Review

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

Build Quality
Reliability Value
Own 2002.5 MY/2003 spec
By Love my 3yr old VW! on


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


With 50k of miles my VW is holding up
well. No problems except the ECU for
the dash needed to be replaced. I love
the high quality feel of the interior
and driving dynamics. The 17" alloys
don't detract from the feel of the
ride and look great. The beige
interior gets dirty very quick tho so
its not recommended for families with
young children. The 1.8T with the
automatic has tons of turbo lag but I
can live with it.

Best Features

Tiptronic transmission. Love this feature, it gives drivers lots of feedback and shifts smoothly. I can red line the engine and the short gearing helping in city traffic but the engine gets exhausted easily at freeway speeds. 70 mph in 5th gear gets noisy.

Worst Features

Monsoon sound system not great. Rear washer not very effective. narrower door detents and three instead of two. larger glove box. More blunt front fascia, I tapped a post with my front bumper and misaligned the bumper and headlight.
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