2004 Volkswagen Passat Consumer Review: Test Drive Carefully and Compl

2004 Volkswagen Passat - Consumer Review

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GLX Wagon (2.8L V6 5-speed Manual)

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By FastFred on


2004 Volkswagen Passat GLX Fwd 4dr Wagon (2.8L 6cyl 5M)


I've driven the VW for one year and I am unhappy with it. The dashboard instruments cannot be seen in the daylight! AC display panel is a joke, dark and almost illegible. The Monsoon radio on AM cannot be tuned in clearly. The dealer says: That's typical of VW radios! My car's gas mileage is quite low for a V6. I am averaging 13-15 mpg around town, 20-23 mpg on thehighway. Overall, consider a Honda or a Toyota for the same or less money.

Best Features

The VW is quiet on the road.

Worst Features

Fix the dash lights (white, not blue) during daytime driving. Add a QUALITY radio!
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