Best Bet
(3.9) 34 reviews
MSRP: $1,319$7,719
Body Style: Sedan
Combined MPG: 21-32
Engine: 170-hp, 1.8-liter I-4 (premium)
Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
Transmission: 5-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2004 Volkswagen Passat

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 standard in the GL trim level. An Electronic Stability Program became optional in GL, GLS 1.8T (turbo) ... 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 pick... Read full review for the 2004 Volkswagen Passat

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by Less than Happy from Indiana on September 20, 2006

I leased my VW Passat 1.8T in Feb 2004. I have kept up with the maintenance including the oil changes- more or less on schedule, though not always at the dealsership. I have a heavy commute so I am... 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 4 recalls for this car.

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