2003 Volkswagen Passat
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My 5th VW and still fantastic!!!

by from Denver, CO on November 24, 2008

This car was fantastic! There are a few lemons out there and VW sometimes has issues with the electrical systems in their cars because their tolerances are SO precise. My Passat was PERFECT. I kept it...
This car was fantastic! There are a few lemons out there and VW sometimes has issues with the electrical systems in their cars because their tolerances are SO precise. My Passat was PERFECT. I kept it for 5 years and only got rid of it to upgrade to an Audi A4. I maintained the vehicle very well and never had one breakdown. There is definitely some turbo lag off the line, but this car is SO fast. The problem with these vehicles is people don't maintain them properly and don't understand that a turbo charged vehicle absolutely needs to have 91 octane gas or higher... Anyway, I would do everything the same again in a heart beat.
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2003 V6 GLX with Manual Transmission

by from Fairfax, VA on December 16, 2013

I bought my GLX V6 5 speed new and have owned it for 11 years. It is a stylish and high performing car. Very reliable still after nearly 150K miles. Only complaint is it burns some oil in its later ye...
I bought my GLX V6 5 speed new and have owned it for 11 years. It is a stylish and high performing car. Very reliable still after nearly 150K miles. Only complaint is it burns some oil in its later years - about 1 quart every 1,000 miles.
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My Last Volkswagen

by from New York on September 2, 2007

I loved this car when I bought it, and I was even happier the day I got rid of it. I don't know if I disliked the car more, or the lousy dealer service that I received from both dealerships that I wen...
I loved this car when I bought it, and I was even happier the day I got rid of it. I don't know if I disliked the car more, or the lousy dealer service that I received from both dealerships that I went to. The car gives the appearance of a high quality vehicle like a Mercedes or a BMW, but it is only skin deep. If you insist on buying one, stay away from the 4cyl turbo, unless the owner can produce very oil change receipt that the oil was changed at 5000 miles. The engines are prone to sludge and VW will not honor the warranty if you don't have the receipts. Also stay away from ones with sunroofs as the drains clog, and the interior floods and the computer under the rug will be ruined. Good luck if you buy one but dont say I didn't warn you.
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Sweet Passatt

by from San Antonio, TX on January 29, 2010

2003 Passat GLX Wagon, 91K miles. Needed a few repairs. Bought 6 weeks ago. Ran rough at first, but good fuel and some highway miles have smoothed things out. Some minor electrical problems still to b...
2003 Passat GLX Wagon, 91K miles. Needed a few repairs. Bought 6 weeks ago. Ran rough at first, but good fuel and some highway miles have smoothed things out. Some minor electrical problems still to be corrected: heated front seats, intermittent wipers, rear window washer. Original tires! A dream to drive. I hope to keep this beauty for many more years.
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Even a cavewoman would love it

by from Alexandria Virginia on September 7, 2009

I have owned my Passat GLX since 2003. (6 years now). The only real problem I have had is with the brakes, which had to be replaced after the warranty ran out (how do they do that so consistently). Yo...
I have owned my Passat GLX since 2003. (6 years now). The only real problem I have had is with the brakes, which had to be replaced after the warranty ran out (how do they do that so consistently). You must find a good, honest mechanic (they are out there). the VW dealers in the DC region have the lowest possible ratings. I only use synthetic oil, and change it every 5,000 miles, and only premium gas. City mileage is atrocious 15-16 mpg, but I get 29 on the highway. Lately I have had to put a half a quart of oil in the engine every 1,000 miles. The seats are incredibly comfortable (I have a bad back but can drive for hours on end) and the sound system, with a gentle subwoofer under the seat, is terrific for rock, jazz and classical . I read all the ratings, and am dreading the time when my luck runs out, but to date I wouldn't trade the car for anything. I don't like the new model designs, which are bigger, but less sporty. My only regret is that I wish I had gotten a rear spoiler, just for aesthetic reasons.
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LEMON PASSAT

by from alabama on June 4, 2008

Just over 50000 and everything is falling apart. Engine repair $6000! I have always wanted a VW and will never drive another. Very disappointed.
Just over 50000 and everything is falling apart. Engine repair $6000! I have always wanted a VW and will never drive another. Very disappointed.
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Great Handling, Expensive to Maintain

by from Merchantville, New Jersey on April 17, 2009

We have the wagon. Fun to drive and we really like the ABS and traction control. Very comfortable interior; lovely ride. Lots of cargo space. The wagon is somewhat noisy inside. I am rather short and ...
We have the wagon. Fun to drive and we really like the ABS and traction control. Very comfortable interior; lovely ride. Lots of cargo space. The wagon is somewhat noisy inside. I am rather short and appreciate the good visibility. Biggest downer is the high cost of maintenance. Lots of repairs. Interior design issue: the ashtray in the center back is just the right place for little kids to kick it open and break it. Over and Over.
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Does not recommend this car

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Good Performance but expected more reliability

by from New York, NY on March 20, 2007

Although I was happy with the handling and performance of the car, as soon as the warranty expired (literally at 48,000 miles), the breaks had to be replaced.
Although I was happy with the handling and performance of the car, as soon as the warranty expired (literally at 48,000 miles), the breaks had to be replaced.
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Excellent car

by from Phoenix AZ on June 5, 2009

I bought mine a basic GL used, I have never had any problems with it, I'm 21 and i do all my oil changes on it. I have no ideea why all these people complain about, if you take good care of it you sho...
I bought mine a basic GL used, I have never had any problems with it, I'm 21 and i do all my oil changes on it. I have no ideea why all these people complain about, if you take good care of it you shoudn't have any problems. I had a chevy before and i put way more money and time into that one then into the Passat.
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Would buy another Passat in a heartbeat

by from San Diego, CA on December 9, 2008

We have loved this car. It has always done well for us and we have never had any issues with it at all. I would definitely get another one. We had to sell our first VW because we were leaving the coun...
We have loved this car. It has always done well for us and we have never had any issues with it at all. I would definitely get another one. We had to sell our first VW because we were leaving the country for 3 years and it broke my heart to part with it. We will always have VWs. If you take care of them properly, you will never have issues.
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