2004 Volkswagen Passat consumer reviews

$21,780–$22,855 MSRP range
side view of 2004 Passat Volkswagen
81% of drivers recommend this car
Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.5
  • Interior 4.3
  • Performance 4.1
  • Value 4.1
  • Exterior 4.3
  • Reliability 4.0
Explore the 2004 Volkswagen Passat


2004. I am second owner. Nearing 200,000 kms. A great car. Fast, responsive and a delight to drive. Paint has held up very well. I have found VW dealerships costly for regular maintenance and servicing. Had timing belt changed at 150,000 and plan to replace the tranny fluid shortly. If the car is cared for and driven reasonably, it’s a gem.


Extremely comfortable, spacious cargo area. Clean.

Plenty of legroom in front. Surprisingly large cargo area. Great car for errands and shopping as well as long road trips. Back seats fold flat. VERY clean. Versatile for transporting/hauling or going out for dinner.


least reliable car i have ever owned

this thing will break down if you look at it the wrong way. plastic crap breaks on it all the time. right now i have to tear the console out to replace a broken piece of plastic, which means i have to go to a junk yard to tear their car apart for a 10 cent piece of plastic. if i can replace just the broken part...if not i have to replace the entire linkage.


Owner update: 9 years and 125,000 miles later

I'm "VW guy in Richmond", I wrote a first review in August 2012. I had bought a used 2004 GLX in 2010, it was a one owner with 47K miles. Essentially this is a "poor man's Audi A4". It has leather, moonroof, alloys and power everything. I've now driven it 9 years and over 125,000 miles (current mileage is 172K). The car is still outstanding. Unlike my prior 2000 Passat wagon, I have not had nearly as many mechanical problems, probably because this car was built later in the production cycle (it was the next to last year of this style Passat). The exterior style is STILL very modern in comparison with new cars, it does not look 15 years old. The 190 HP V6 engine and 5 spd manual make the car fun to drive. Friends who drive it, who are used to driving average cars with auto transmissions, are amazed to rediscover the joy of driving (this happened during a 1400 mile move from VA to Texas). During a 15 month period in 2017 to 2018 the only expense I had on the car was a set of tires. I'd love to find another lower mileage Passat of this vintage similarly equipped.


Very reliable

very solid car , clean exterior , nice interior , very clean under the hood . It would be a very nice car for somebody who is looking for a nice cheap car


Purchased from my neighbor for my mom to drive whe

Car is great in any type of weather since it is awd. Amazing in the snow. Great for a skier or outdoors person or someone looking for a reliable commuter car.


My first car.

In early 2017, I was looking for a reliable vehicle under $5,000. I got a 2004 Volkswagen Passat in March of that year. In the two years I have owned this car, it does what it should do - take me from point A to point B. I have had some minor issues with this car though. Sometimes the coolant would leak and run out quickly. But it's operating normally as of writing. Some people think that my car looks newer than 2004. One thing about my Passat that I don't like, however, is the lack of a heater for me. On cold winter mornings, it's hard to keep myself warm. But that's not a big deal since I live in the Arizona desert.


Very reliable and comfortable ride

Drove it for 7 years and car was very reliable . Wagon design very functional and practical. Liked the comfort of the car. Great family or work vehicle...


Great running car!

It's a great running car, has alot of power!! I am Very Satisfied with the deal HAPPY MOTORS Gave me!! Looking for a reliable car!?


Best Car Ive Ever Owned

Fun to drive! High Quality materials! Factory Sleeper! I have been shopping for a new car, but I can not seem to find one that I like as well as this 14 year old one.