2004 Volkswagen Passat

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31 reviews
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Available Price Range $1,589-$7,797 Trims16 Combined MPG 21-32 Seats 5

Our Take on the 2004 Volkswagen Passat

Our Take

Redesigned and dubbed the New Passat, Volkswagen’s midsize sedan and wagon went on sale as 2001.5 models. For 2003, Volkswagen’s 170-horsepower, turbocharged 1.8-liter engine became sta... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Engine noise with four-cylinder
  • Seat-adjustment controls
  • Price of Passat W8
  • Diesel-engine performance

Notable Features

  • Turbocharged four-cylinder or V-6 engine
  • 4Motion all-wheel drive available
  • Sedan and wagon body styles
  • Electronic Stability Program available
  • Unique engine in Passat W8
  • New diesel engine


Our Expert Reviews

A Smooth Alternative to the SUV 2004 Volkswagen Passat GLS 4Motion Wagon Our Mini Cooper couldn't handle the luggage. Nor could our Mercedes-Benz C230, or Toyota Echo. Carting suitcases and valuables here in the open bed of our Chevrolet S10 pickup truck was out of the question. Nothing says "easy mark" in this town like large pieces of tourists' luggage riding exposed in a pickup&apo... Read Full Review

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Consumer Reviews

3.9 out of 5

Based on 31 reviews

Great car if you figure it out

by make par 4 now from New England on January 8, 2011

I have had a 2004 Passat Wagon since new . I have had the same problems mentioned in other reviews . Axle boot , engine lights coming on due to electrical coil issues , and other than those specifics ... Read Full Review

16 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up. It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 5 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

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