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2002 Volkswagen Passat Overview
Overall User Score
Based on 40 reviews
In an effort to compete with other luxury carmakers, Volkswagen introduced the new Passat W8 trim package in 2002, which joined the GLS entry-level and the GLX mid-range versions in the Passat lineup. And the W8 certainly roared out of the gate, with an all-new 4.0-liter 8-cylinder engine that pumped out an impressive 270 hp. Firmly establishing itself at the top of the Passat (and VW's) lineup, the W8 sedan and wagon came standard with a five-speed automatic transmission with the Tiptronic manual shift feature, a sunroof, leather seats (powered in the front), VW's 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system, Xenon headlights, and a stability control system, among other features. The interior leather and wood trim was also upgraded.
The rest of the Passat lineup remained essentially unchanged from the previous year, with the exception that VW increased its bumper-to-bumper warranty from two to four years, and added a few tweaks like a cruise control indicator light.
Other than that, standard features for the GLS trim package 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, among other features.
The GLS was available with either a 1.8-liter, 170-hp 4-cylinder engine or a 2.8-liter, 190-hp V6. The GLX came only with the V6. A five-speed manual transmission was standard for both the GLS and the GLX packages, while a five-speed automatic was available as an option.
Drivers' love/hate relationships with the Passat continues. There's no doubt that drivers are attracted to the Passat's styling, standard features (many borrowed from Audi, which also is owned by VW), comfort, and power. And many drivers have reported little or no problems with their cars. But others have noted frequent, and expensive, trips to the repair shop. Perhaps VW's upgraded bumper-to-bumper warranty, introduced in 2002, will help ease some of the maintenance/cost issues.
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Volkswagen Passat Questions
I Have A 2002 Vw Passat With The Check Engine Light That Stays On. Several...
Radio Stuck In 'phone' Mode
I have an 02 VW Passat with standard radio. For weeks all the radio screen says is phone ( i disconnected the in car phone months ago). Anyone know how I can get it off this screen. I have the code ...
Why Would My Coolant Chamber Or Reservoir Be Bubbling?
I just had the check coolant light come on the dashboard and I went to Valvoline for them to check and put more into it. I noticed it took a while and the person stated that it was boiling hot with ...
My 99 Passat Wagon Wont Start And The Alarm Continues To Go Off
My 2002 Passat Wagon wont start and the alarm continues to go off. every time i lock the driver door with the key the car wont start.
I Have A 2002 Vw Passat My Oil Light Comes On But I Dont Have Anything Wron...
if my passat is sitting at an idle all the caution lights are not on but when im driving it and the rpms get wound up the oil light comes on and it tell me to stop the car why is that.