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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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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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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Uses car for Just getting around

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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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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Uses car for Off-roading

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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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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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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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Dont even think about it!!

by from Burnsville, Nc on January 27, 2014

ok lets get into what I think about the 02' Passat. ITS JUNK!! Do not buy this car unless you feel like spending every last dime you have. The car was bought just about a year ago and it was fine then...
ok lets get into what I think about the 02' Passat. ITS JUNK!! Do not buy this car unless you feel like spending every last dime you have. The car was bought just about a year ago and it was fine then, no problems what so ever. The interior was nice, it handled pretty well, had plenty of power and yea at the time I probably would have bought another Volkswagen. Until... Out of nowhere the car would start saying STOP Oil Pressure. So the oil was taken care of. Still the motor blows and we have to get another motor which put us back $3,000. Not cool VW. We thought that's was the end of the problems. Until... We had to replace the alternator and the radiator fan the thermostat AND the heater core. Which put us back $1,400. Then we thought the problems were over for sure. UNTIL!!! We are now constantly having to get the oil and spark plugs changed and there is this really annoying popping sound coming from the front of the car and you can feel it right under your feet up front. So this problem is now branching from the front axel assembly. So there's yet ANOTHER repair to add to the already insane price of $4,400 we already spent on it. My advice to you, if your looking for a car... DO NOT BUY THIS ONE You WILL regret it. And to all of you at Volkswagen, all of you can expect to NEVER have my business again. I hope this was very helpful to all of you out there looking for something. Thank you.
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Uses car for Work

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overall great car

by from NY, NY on October 22, 2007

I bought a used 2002 passat glx motion. i was looking for a sedan with all wheel drive that had a good ride, nice exterior and all the bells and whistles. this car has everythign you need, handles ext...
I bought a used 2002 passat glx motion. i was looking for a sedan with all wheel drive that had a good ride, nice exterior and all the bells and whistles. this car has everythign you need, handles extremely well in all weather conditions and is a blast to drives on open roads or winding country roads. great in the snow!
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