• (3.7) 33 reviews
  • MSRP: $987–$6,427
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 20-26
  • Engine: 150-hp, 1.8-liter I-4 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 5-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2001 Volkswagen Passat

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2001 Volkswagen Passat Reviews

Vehicle Overview
The Passat comes in four-door sedan and station wagon body styles, and both are available with front-wheel drive or a permanently engaged all-wheel-drive system called 4Motion. During the 2000 calendar year, the Passat has nosed ahead of the New Beetle to become Volkswagen’s second best-selling model behind the Jetta.

Curtain-type airbags that deploy from above the side windows to protect the heads of passengers in side collisions will become standard on the midsize Passat later in the 2001 model year. Antilock brakes and side-impact airbags for the front seats currently are standard equipment.

The Passat’s rounded styling borrows from the Audi A6’s design. Audi is Volkswagen’s luxury division, and the Passat is derived from the A6. The sloping front and rear pillars follow the same theme as the New Beetle’s design.

With an overall length of 184 inches, the Passat sedan is sized like a compact car on the outside, but the 106-inch wheelbase moves it up to the midsize class.

The Passat is roomier inside than most cars with similar exterior dimensions. Headroom is plentiful all around, though the power sunroof — which is standard on the GLX and optional on the GLS — reduces clearance to just adequate for taller passengers. Legroom is generous in front and more than adequate in the rear seat, which is split 60/40, folds for extra cargo space and can be locked to secure valuables in the trunk. Trunk capacity looks larger than the 15 cubic feet listed by Volkswagen.

A mix of striking blue lighting for the gauges and harsh red lighting for the stereo and climate systems illuminates the dashboard.

Under the Hood
The standard engine on the GLS model is a turbocharged, 1.8-liter four-cylinder with 150 horsepower. Standard on the GLX and optional on the GLS is a 2.8-liter V-6 with 190 hp. Both engines are used by Audi and are available with a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission.

The 4Motion all-wheel-drive system is optional on models with the V-6 and automatic transmission.

Driving Impressions
The Passat has more room than some midsize sedans and more character than most. All models deliver crisp handling, athletic moves and brisk acceleration. The GLX model’s standard equipment includes just about every feature expected on a luxury sedan, and Volkswagen throws in a 10-year powertrain warranty, 12-year corrosion warranty, and 2 years of free scheduled maintenance and roadside assistance.

Volkswagen’s European heritage, distinctive styling and hip image have made its cars favorites of younger buyers and the envy of several competitors. Can’t afford a BMW or Audi? Check out the Passat.


Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2001 Buying Guide

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Worst car ever

by HDEEZ from Denver on September 12, 2017

This car was a piece of junk. I had to have the oil pan replaced, the wiring related to the ignition and then the ignition starter

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Estimated Service & Repair cost: $5,000 per year.

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Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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