2001 Volkswagen Passat Overview

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 — 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
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 — 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

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Where Is The Relay Located For The Secondary Cooling Fan The One That Delay...

my secondary fan that delays and comes on when hot is not coming on and causing the fluid to bubble out the radiator resevoir. the car isnt indicating that it is gettng hot other than needing to add f...

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When I Fill My 2001 Vw Passat With Gas, I Have To Turn The Key Without Star...

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Clutch Fan

What is the fan in front of the center motor mount called. Some mechanics call it a "clutch fan" but the ones in the pictures doesn't look like that. I need to get the part.

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Passat Engine Removal

Do I remove the engine out the bottom? It looks easier and I have a lift & forklift & engine lift. Chiltons says out the top but what a tight fit and I need to change both engine and trans. thanks,...

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I Have A 2001 Vw Passat And Recently Experienced A Problem With "check Cool...

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