2001 Volkswagen Passat Overview


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Vw: Cheaper Than A Therapist. by Fookie
 — VW's aren't known for their reliability. They aren't known to cost the least to own over the course of 5 years. In fact, not unlike other more expensive European cars, they can be downright frustrat... Read More
It's No Big Secret I Love My Passat... by Josh
 — Be prepared to ass up money to maintain it and keep it running when it gets over 80k miles. I wish I had the TDI version but the 1.8T is efficient and clean enough. The 1.8T was known for sludging, bu... Read More
Dan's Opinion by Daniel
 — A brilliant all-rounder! Quite quick (for a big estate car that is almost 8 years old!) Very comfortable, Well built and solid (German). Handles nicer than the saloon because of stiffer rear suspensio... Read More

2001 Volkswagen Passat Overview

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2001 Volkswagen Passat

The Volkswagen Passat sedans and wagons started the 2001 model year as essentially the same vehicles that were offered in the previous two years, with a few minor upgrades to freshen them up. But more extensive changes were rolled out mid-year, including alterations to the Passat's interior and exterior.

The new mid-year models came with a redesigned front end, taillights, and chassis on the outside, and updated instrument gauges, center console, and armrests inside. Also new mid-year was the Passat's 1.8-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, which now pumped out 170 hp, up from the previous year's 150 hp.

The Passat was still available in two trim packages, the entry-level GLS and the higher-end GLX. The GLS was available with either the new 4-cylinder or the same 2.8-liter, 190-hp V6 offered in previous years. The GLX came only with the V6. A five-speed manual transmission was standard across the line, while an automatic transmission with the Tiptronic manual shift feature was available as an option.

Standard equipment for the Passat included air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, anti-lock brakes, traction control, cruise control, front and side airbags for the driver and passenger, a keyless entry system, daytime running lights, and an anti-theft alarm system. The GLX package added a sunroof and leather seats (powered in the front), among other features. A new side curtain airbag system was added in 2001 as a standard feature, while VW's all-wheel-drive system, called 4MOTION, was available as an option.

As with Passats in previous years, a large number of drivers complained of frequent, and often expensive, repairs, as well as such problems as sludge in the engine that had to be cleaned out frequently. On the positive side, drivers found the Passat fun to drive, easy to handle, and comfortable over the long haul.


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2001 Vw Passat 1.8t Acceleration Problems

my car has poor acceleration problems its a 1.8 t vw passat i just recently had a fuse and electric. problem too....any ideas?

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2001 Vw Passat Abs And Break Light

My VW Passat ABS light came on and Break Light was flashing while I was driving. What could cause this and is it fixable?

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2001 New Year Passat 1.8t Oil Pressure Light

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Why Is My Vw Passat Dieing

seems to run good when cold and at hwy speeds. as soon as the engine warms up and you slow down the rpm's are all over the place and engine dies

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