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2001 Volkswagen Passat User Reviews

2001 Volkswagen Passat Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 28 reviews

  • Performance:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Appearance:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Build Quality:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Overall: 4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5

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PROS
"power" 9 reviews
"ride" 8 reviews
"handling" 8 reviews
"fuel economy" 7 reviews
"build quality" 4 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 5 reviews
"high maintenance" 4 reviews
"expensive car" 4 reviews
"power" 3 reviews
"service" 2 reviews

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Fookie writes:
2001 Volkswagen Passat GLS Review
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5

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Ride, Euro Design, Safety, Fit and Finish.

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Expensive to buy and own, Strict Scheduled Maintenance, Premium Fluids

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Vw: Cheaper Than A Therapist. — 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 frustrating and expensive to own. So why on earth would someone who prides themselves as a car fanatic buy one? It all boils down to the feeling you get when you slide behind the wheel. Without even starting the engine, you will find the best interior fit, finish, and materials in it's class. You'll notice the subtle touches and hidden features that will make you think, "why have I owned other cars wtihout this?" You'll admire the attractive, timeless design. In fact, if you hid the VW badges marked throughout the car, you may think you're sitting in the next uber-mobile from the "3-pointed star" or the "propeller" guys. What I have always admired about VW is thier total disregard for how other cars in the same class are designed and built. Their strive for innovation and safety is basically unheard of is this class. I bet you can't find a more finely crafted car for the money. But...... As with anything in this world, there are downsides. They require a stricter maintenance schedule. They only consume the best and most expensive fluids and parts....and the parts that you expect to last a lifetime in other cars simply give out without warning. This provides owners an opportunity to learn more than they ever cared to know about their cars. It was never made for the weak. Those who choose to do most of the work on their cars themselves are rewarded with a car they will find hard to get tired of. Others will take out second and third mortgages just to pay for the 56th control arm that went out after 37,000 miles. With the DIY crowd (which I fall into), all this glory and failure lends itself into support groups that consult each other and console each other. This is one of the best features of owning a VW. If you are ever in doubt about something with the 'dub, you can rest assured that someone before you in these "support groups" has been in the same scenario. It's a culture that is only understood when you own a car that you have an emotional attachment to. Unfortunately, most cars that you can easily get emotionally attached to are far beyond the reaches of my income....except for VW.

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Jess writes:
2001 Volkswagen Passat GLX Review
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Looks & Performance

Cons

Gas Mileage

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2001 Vw Passat — The performance is amazing. The acceleration is really really touchy, so it is quick to get going. Breaks work amazingly well. It handles really well and i've never worried about taking a turn too quickly. It has never had any issues, other than normal up keep. It is a very beautiful car. It is a medium gray color. It has gray leather interior with wood accents. It is a very stunning car. It doesn't get that great of mileage. It gets around 20 city and 28 highway. This car is really fun to drive. Especially with the triptronic transmition.

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Josh writes:
2001 Volkswagen Passat GLS Review
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5

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Corners like it's on rails, comfortable on trips, ages very gracefully, 23 city/31 highway/27 combined mpg

Cons

Very high maintenance, engine prone to sludging without proper care, DRL's cause premature headlight failure.

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It's No Big Secret I Love My Passat... — 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, but I change the oil every 5k miles with fully synthetic oil. That seems to deter the sludge. When it was newer I could race and almost outrun a base V6 Mustang. Turbo lags a little bit but one day I will get the turbo rebuilt. It still looks almost as new as it did when I bought it. It's worth the cost, though, because it's so fun to drive and the seats are very comfortable for long trips. Use SilverStar headlights, and disable the DRL's to increase the life of the headlights.

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Paul writes:
2001 Volkswagen Passat GLS Wagon Review
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4

Pros

good load carry capacity

Cons

poor oil sump design leads to filter clogs and then further issues with failing pump costly repair.

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Good Overall Estate — Powerful turbo, thirsty in petrol guide, opt for a diesel, Nice looks, good feel on the road, pulls like a train even fully loaded! good road holding, nice firm seats, tempted to try a TDI varient though the poor sump design puts me off.

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Robert writes:
2001 Volkswagen Passat GLS Review
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5

Pros

Fun and sporty, yet safe and secure.

Cons

I can't service it myself.

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I Love This Car! — The acceleration, braking, and handling are all excellent. No squeaks, rattles, or repairs. Exterior style is nice. Interior style could be better, but very nice. Very good gas mileage-about 21mpg in the city and 31 on the highway. A blast to drive.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Timmy writes:
2001 Volkswagen Passat GLX Review
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4

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Handling/luxury

Cons

Repair costs/mileage in the 4Motion model

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'01.5 New Passat Glx 4motion — Be careful, once you get near 90XXX miles the timing belt MUST be changed or else you'll bend a few valves and that turns into an expensive repair. The 4Motion is the way to go, AWD or bust, great handling. Power is limited to 190HP and there's not much out there to upgrade it, but it will get up and go, and once you figure out the TipTronic transmission you'll be set

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Tim writes:
2001 Volkswagen Passat GLX Review
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5

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fukengruven!

Cons

none

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Does Everythign Great! — solid feel, engine like new at 142K, great gas mileage, roomy, great German road feel, safe in crash tests< GLX trim is loaded, best family sedan you can buy! Vw has a bum rap from Consumer Reports, I haev had very few problems with my car!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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neicylovesoz writes:
2001 Volkswagen Passat GLX Wagon Review
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love this car

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nothing yet

neicylovesoz
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Love It — bought this car with 240,000 miles and it runs great, starts every time...love the heated seats and the sleek look. I have owned two other vw's, a jetta and a fox...loved both and is why i bought this wagon...

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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frugal_dude writes:
2001 Volkswagen Passat GLX 4Motion Review
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4

Pros

Great handling and upgraded sound options.  .

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Headlights - very dim low beam lights force me to use high beam most of the time.  Brakes - seem to be replacing brake pads and rotors way too often.  

frugal_dude
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Great Second Car - Except Brakes And Headlights... — Great second car - except brakes and headlights...Headlights - very dim low beam lights force me to use high beam most of the time. Brakes - seem to be replacing brake pads and rotors way too often. Great handling and upgraded sound options. .

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Edgardo writes:
2001 Volkswagen Passat GLX Review
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4

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Affordable drivers car.

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Auto care

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Either Love It Or Hate It. — This is a very solid car with many amenities wich compares with more expensive veihicles. It has an excellent ride with the perfect balance between high speed firmness and low speed comfort. The german engineering is palpable in all areas inlcuiding the fit and finish as well as the quality of materials. As all VW it needs special care in the maintanence and accesories wihc tends to show thier age ahead of time. Besides this is trulyan "inexpensive" drivers car.

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2013 Volkswagen Passat Reviews

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2012 Volkswagen Passat Reviews

Looks Good And Drives Great! Exceptional Gas Mileage!! By Pennman88

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Like An Audi, But Much Less Money By Jay

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2010 Volkswagen Passat Reviews

It Has So Many Options You Wont Be Disappointed! By Robertg13

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2009 Volkswagen Passat Reviews

Audi Styling & Handling At Vw Pricing. By skyhawk182

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