2001 Volkswagen Passat Overview

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GLS
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GLS V6 Wagon
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 — 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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Volkswagen Passat Questions

jnette
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How Many Miles On A Timing Belt, 2001 Vw Passat?

A VW dealer told me the timing belt had to be changed at 127,000. Seems like an awful lot. My car has 127K miles on it. Wonder if there is a reason for the similarity.? Oh, BTW, the owner's manual...

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Patric Miller
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How Do I Test Or Diagnose Whether I Have A Turn Signal Relay Problem Or A H...

2001 volkswagen passat 2.8l V6 The turn signals and the hazard flashers quit functioning and I need to know what or which one should be replaced.

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John Thompson
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I Need A Transmission Put In A 2001vw Passat,have Transmission,what Would ...

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Monni16
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Do You Touch The Motor Mounts When Replacing Timing Belt??

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Monni16
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Could My Motor Mounts Be Broken When Replacing Timing Belt&heater Pump?

Took my 2001 VW Passat to a shop for oil leak. They charged me $1500 to replace my timing belt, water pump, and camseals which they said caused the leak. Got my car back and now my 'emissions work...

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