2004 Volkswagen Passat Consumer Review: You need to know what you are

2004 Volkswagen Passat - Consumer Review

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GL 1.8T Sedan (1.8L 4-cyl. Turbo 5-speed Manual)

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful
You need to know what you are getting into
By roznstyle on


2004 Volkswagen Passat GL 1.8T Fwd 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


I think a lot of people buy a VW are unaware that maintenance and adherence to manufacturer recommendations are KEY to keeping a VW on the road.
I've owned my 2004 passast for 8 years and it still looks brand new after over 111K miles.
A VW is not a honda where you put gas in it and change the oil every so often.
you need to pay attention to using mid grade or higher fuel EVERY time.
Synthetic oil, EVERY time. New Plugs every 40K per the manual, and on and on and on. YES there is a lot more in owning a VW than your run of the mill car but if you treat it right it will last for a long time.
If you can handle a meticulous maintenance schedule then buy a VW but if you can't DO NOT BUY!!!!

Best Features

Smoothest manual transmission EVER! Sporty handling and engine.

Worst Features

Reclining the front seats is a bizarre experience. What is up with the dials? every other car on the planet with manual seats has a lever.
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