2004 Volkswagen Passat Consumer Review: Rattlebox

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


Purchased new.. dashboard started
rattling 1 week after we took
delivery. Has been in shop 11 times
for that problem alone. Trim moldings
come unstuck, we just stick them back
on. VW couldn't care less. Consulted
a lemon lawyer - not defined as a
lemon 'cause rattle is not considered
a 'defect'. What a sad joke. We tried
to trade this car in on a Toyota and
the best trade price we were offered
was $13,500. Pathetic resale and now
I know why. Its a heap of junk! I
don't know how we are going to sell it
privately with a loud rattle in the
dashboard! We're going to cut our
substantial losses and kiss VW goodbye.

Best Features

Smooth ride on freeway (if you put earplugs in to deafen rattle)

Worst Features

Better build quality. VW to learn how to fix their problems when they arise.
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