2003 Volkswagen Passat

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starting MSRP

Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Seating capacity

185.2” x 57.6”


Front-wheel drive



9 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.4
  • Interior 4.2
  • Performance 4.0
  • Value 3.6
  • Exterior 4.2
  • Reliability 3.5

Most recent consumer reviews


Fun car

Bought this from a used car place 7 years ago and it had no issues. I'm somewhat mechanically inclined so over the years I was able to fix things here and there. Asked a few friends for help on occasion. The past year I've changed a lot of parts but the car is almost 20 years old and 175k miles on it. Changing some parts are very tricky, but I've avoided the dealership or paying someone all this time. No rust on it either and I drive it in snowy weather every year. Turbo is so nice, nice and zippy vehicle.


Garbage for sure

Worst car I have ever owned. It was always at the dealership. It was a 2002 W8 and when I bout it, it had 22K on it. Nothing but problems. Everything you can imagine went wrong with the car and when it had 100K the motor went. Car was maintained by dealership with all required maintenance and it has to be service by a W8 certified mechanic.


Thinking of buying one. Like the handling on test

I'm considering buying a 2003 Passat with 74K miles, for the price-point/budget. The engine looks clean, the interior & exterior are in pretty good shape for the year, no visible rust. Gonna have a mechanic look at it tomorrow. I've read about sludge & maintenance cost

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Based on the 2003 Volkswagen Passat base trim.
Frontal driver
Frontal passenger
Nhtsa rollover rating
Side driver
Side rear passenger


New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Volkswagen
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
MY 2016-MY 2017 vehicles/75,000 miles; MY 2018- MY 2019 vehicles/72,000 miles; MY 2020 and newer vehicles/75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
Vehicles purchased on or after 1/5/21: MY 2017 & older, 2 yrs/24,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty; MY 2018-19, 1 yr/12,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty; MY 2020 & newer, 2 years/24,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty
Dealer certification required
100-plus point inspection
Roadside assistance
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