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2002 Volkswagen Passat

2002 Volkswagen Passat

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Best car that I've ever owned

by from San Jose, CA on December 21, 2006

Super smooth, very comfortable, very refined. VW Engineers got it right. 4Motion AWD system works amazing in the rain and snow. Monsoon stereo sounds amazing. All the extra options are really nice...
Super smooth, very comfortable, very refined. VW Engineers got it right. 4Motion AWD system works amazing in the rain and snow. Monsoon stereo sounds amazing. All the extra options are really nice. The memory seats tied to the remotes are very cool - where even the side mirrors change to either Mem1 or Mem2 when you unlock the doors. Heated seats are really nice. The car has been very reliable, and fun to drive.
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Purchased a used car

Does recommend this car

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I absolutely LOVE my Passat

by from Bowdoinham, ME on January 13, 2010

I've had the 2002 Passat 1.8 manual drive since November of 2001. Bought it new off the lot. 230,000 miles later and she still purrs like a well loved cat. It is expensive to fix, this is absolutely t...
I've had the 2002 Passat 1.8 manual drive since November of 2001. Bought it new off the lot. 230,000 miles later and she still purrs like a well loved cat. It is expensive to fix, this is absolutely true. However, I'm married to a shade tree mechanic and he has been able to keep up with the car. We bought the book that VW uses for the car and he's taken care of everything so far...even changing the timing belt. I've test driven the newer models, and they just feel cheap next to ol' Bessie. I love this car.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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My Passat...

by from Rochester, New York on May 2, 2011

I loved, loved, LOVED this car!! I had it for 5 years and it had almost 200,000k on it and it drove great! It was GLS model and everything worked well. I'm hooked on VW and I got an 06 Jetta about 3 m...
I loved, loved, LOVED this car!! I had it for 5 years and it had almost 200,000k on it and it drove great! It was GLS model and everything worked well. I'm hooked on VW and I got an 06 Jetta about 3 months ago and I love it as well. I tell everyone to get VW's. People say the cost of repair is high but if you maintain it, it will hardly break down....so it evens out...
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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VW: Only Skin Deep

by from Milwaukee, WI on January 9, 2014

Ask yourself which you prefer: Having money in the bank or your car on the road? With a Passat you will rarely have both. Yes, parts for most imports are expensive across the board, but it would appea...
Ask yourself which you prefer: Having money in the bank or your car on the road? With a Passat you will rarely have both. Yes, parts for most imports are expensive across the board, but it would appear that VW is trying to lead the field in making even the most seemingly simple parts expensive. VW's are very "pretty" cars, stylish and rather comfortable with roomy interiors. Handle well and can be a joy to drive. However, inside lurks a money sucking monster. Over all I am not a "Car Guy", to me they are tools for getting around. I don't baby them nor do I abuse them. I realize that tools must be taken care of and that they; like any machine, wear out and break down over time. That being said; I feel that if you take care of your tools you should be able to count on them to work reasonably well. Within 6 months two of my brothers and I all bought Passats. the only one still in the family is a diesel. The others have been scrapped. First off, hopefully whomever is selling you the car tells you about the timing belt issue. Do not take this lightly unless you want to rebuild your entire engine when it goes; as happened to my brother. At first mine only had a few little random things wear out/break down. Not all the time by any means, but often enough that I took notice because as I mentioned above even the "little" things are expensive. It continually got worse and worse as time went on. Including repeated repairs on the same issues; each equally expensive and equally useless. Engine, multiple issues with the wheel area, exhaust...etc Finally, between about 147,500 - 155,000 miles I had over $8,000 in repairs. Which was rather aggravating as I had paid $15,000(approx) for the car to begin with. During my latest; and subsequently last, repair I was told by the dealer that I should consider buying a new car as "These things don't really last much past 160,000." He even offered to let me test drive some new ones while I waited for my apparently terminally ill car to be repaired. I did not take him up on the offer. I may be wrong, but I do not find it unreasonable to expect a car to last beyond 160,000 if you take even halfway decent care of it. Sure it won't look or run like new, that's to be expected with wear and tear. But, to have it start falling apart no matter what? Ever heard the phrase "There's two days you loving owning a boat; the day you buy it and the day you sell it." That is how I now feel about Volkswagen. Perhaps if they spent a little less focus on beauty and the bells and whistles and more on reliability they would be great cars. However, I will never purchase one again. New to 60,000 miles they are beautiful cars which are amazing to drive. After that your better off dumping it and buying something that will not break your bank.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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W8 owner

by from Saint Louis on December 22, 2011

The Volkswagon Passat W8 has so far been the best overall car I have owned. It's faster than most cars on the road, awsome radio for being stock, sun roof, fog lights, and more for standard features....
The Volkswagon Passat W8 has so far been the best overall car I have owned. It's faster than most cars on the road, awsome radio for being stock, sun roof, fog lights, and more for standard features. Serously, the only thing that it is missing is a Sat Nav (and yes I know the Europe models have). All wheel drive is awsome for people who have to drive in bad weather. Rain sensor windshield wipers that will speed up or slow down. Heated seats for those cold winter nights that are coming up. Now, the W8 does not get great gas milage but it will depend on how you drive. And a shelby mustang will beat you off the line, but hey, if you were looking for that, you would not be looking at this car review. The biggest thing with this car is to get in one and test drive it. There have been other W8 out there with no troubles and other's that broke down (depending on abuse of the car or not doing maintance). And before someone complains that the 4 cyl turbo someone reviewed above (or below) says that Passats are junk, this is not a 4 cyl buttom-of-the-line car. This is top of the line.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Off-roading

Does recommend this car

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'02 Passat 1.8t Sedan

by from Winnipeg, MB, Canada on January 6, 2014

I bought my Passat in the spring of 2008. Yes, it's the turbo. Yes, it's the least reliable of the bunch. And yes, it has problems. That being said, this is STILL a great car! The motor has plenty of ...
I bought my Passat in the spring of 2008. Yes, it's the turbo. Yes, it's the least reliable of the bunch. And yes, it has problems. That being said, this is STILL a great car! The motor has plenty of zip in it, it handles very well, rides comfortably and smoothly, and best of all is the way it feels when you drive it. It has a heavier feel to the steering, meaning you can actually feel the road as you go along. You can feel how this car is going to respond in the corners. It doesn't mean it's heavy and horrible in traffic, however. In fact, it actually feels rather nice in traffic. Now, my car does have plenty of problems, but that's because she had a hard life with the original owner. And I confess, I do love to drop down a gear and give her the beans from time to time. The thing is though, I see a lot of these reviews complaining about reliability and cost of maintenance. I, on the other hand, HAVEN'T spent all of my money on it, and despite all of it's problems it's always been a good car. I had one major issue with it, which as it turned out i just had to reset the computer and it's been fine ever since. The battery has been replaced 3 times. 3 times out of it's 12 year existence, which is normal. I live in Winnipeg, one of, if not THE coldest major city in North America in the winter. I almost never plug in this car, and she ALWAYS starts up in the morning. As for the oil pan issue, you can always pick up an aftermarket skid plate for it for $150 bucks. $250 if you want an aluminum skid plate. It is also rather well built. My car has never had a quality control issue with the interior, or exterior. Speaking of the exterior, this car looks so good! the stance it carries on the road is aggressive, but not so much that it looks like it would be uncomfortable to ride in. The body lines on it are just right, and the slightly bulging wheel arches make it look even better! Plus because of the fact that the engine is mounted inline as opposed to transversely, it has a longer hood and a short deck lid. But don't be fooled by that short deck lid. The trunk on the sedan model is very spacious. And you can fill it until it's stuffed because unlike most cars, it's got hydraulic hinges that don't intrude into the luggage space. All in all, this is a wonderful car. And if you take care of it properly, you'll fall in love with it. Sorry for the long review, but personally I like detailed reviews as opposed to those tiny ones that tell you almost nothing about the actual car. Hope it helped, and enjoy the rest of your day :)
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Does recommend this car

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02 passat w8 owner

by from Metro Wash DC. on December 4, 2009

I own a 2002 passat w8 sedan for the past 2 yrs. I bought it used at 65,000 miles, and now have 95,000. I love the car but it cost $$$ to have the slightest thing fixed. My check engine turned on one ...
I own a 2002 passat w8 sedan for the past 2 yrs. I bought it used at 65,000 miles, and now have 95,000. I love the car but it cost $$$ to have the slightest thing fixed. My check engine turned on one month after buying it. It stays on majority of the time.The code reads small leak (emissions) and now cataylic converter-stuck off. After researching and consulting with Volkswagen themselves, I found this a common problem with the Passat w8. Outside of that, the car is a beauty. The power,handling,...the ride overall is smooth. It's def. a sleeper car. Everyone believes its just a "Passat" until they see the badge and exhaust. Most people don't even know they made a w8. I recommend this vehicle to anyone, but have your Passat checked prior to purchasing it. W8 is know to have problems that I just listed.
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Almost love...

by from Pasadena, CA on June 8, 2008

We bought this station wagon after an accident totaled our extremely reliable '95 Saturn. We love the Passat's size, we like the drive, we like the features. The pick up is a bit slow to react, but th...
We bought this station wagon after an accident totaled our extremely reliable '95 Saturn. We love the Passat's size, we like the drive, we like the features. The pick up is a bit slow to react, but the power is there if you wait for it. What we don't like is that over the last 2.5 years it has gone in for $500-$750 worth of work to the cooling system every six months like clockwork. The dealer proved impossible to work with; life was a little better once the warranty was up and we took it to an independent mechanic - but he still hasn't worked miracles.
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Does not recommend this car

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Great, beautiful car!

by from Bellevue on March 13, 2007

Everything about it was above standard, i enjoy this car, its been fun to won, and i am glad after all the huss and puss about the car that i decided to purchase one, you cant believe everything you h...
Everything about it was above standard, i enjoy this car, its been fun to won, and i am glad after all the huss and puss about the car that i decided to purchase one, you cant believe everything you hear.
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It's a good car, if you can afford maintenance

by from Montgomery, IL on November 18, 2009

I love the performance and styling of this Passat. Although they are known to have electrical issues, so if you can pay big bucks to have it serviced then it might be a good car for you. Many shops wi...
I love the performance and styling of this Passat. Although they are known to have electrical issues, so if you can pay big bucks to have it serviced then it might be a good car for you. Many shops will not touch this vehicle since it is VW, so for some issues you will be forced to go to the dealership or find a qualified german mechanic. I bought my 02 Passat GLX 4Motion used at 108k miles and the next day the engine light came on, I am assuming they erased the codes, it is an emmission problem, I needed to replace one catalyic converter, but I replaced them both instead. I suggest you replace your O2 Sensors at 120k miles, so you can get better gas mileage and before you start having emission issues. The ECU are also prone to have problems with these vehicles and they cost anywhere between 300 to 500 new, used your lucky if you can get one for $100. In my experience with these cars, they will run in limp mode before they die out on you. So if you want a performance car and not worried about the cost of maintenance then get this one.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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