2003 Volkswagen Passat Overview

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GL
Avg. Price: $5,113
GL Wagon
Avg. Price: $4,940
GLS
Avg. Price: $5,240
GLS V6
Avg. Price: $5,802
GLS V6 Wagon
Avg. Price: $5,246
GLS Wagon
Avg. Price: $5,626
GLX
Avg. Price: $5,828
GLX 4Motion
Avg. Price: $6,606
GLX 4Motion Wagon
Avg. Price: $6,444
GLX Wagon
Avg. Price: $5,872
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Average User Score

4.45 stars

Based on 35 reviews

An Audi A4 In Drag! by Since59
 — I've had my 03 Passat GLS 1.8T for just over a year and I have to say it's a wonderful car (Previous car 1994 Audi 90S 2.8 V6). It's the best used car I have ever owned. I never thought I'd go back ... Read More
Its A Vw by William
 — Performance- good execration but could use lower profile for turns Build quality- there isn't anything on this car that wiggle or feels loose Appearance- the wood trim on the interior goes good w... Read More
This Was A Great Car For Me. by David
 — I loved this car - it's why I bought another one. This car was nothing more than a base model GL, but there were lots of features that came standard that in my opinion elevated it to something specia... Read More

2003 Volkswagen Passat Overview

Overall User Score

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2003 Volkswagen Passat

Volkswagen widened its Passat lineup again in 2003 with the addition of the GL entry-level trim package. It joined the GLS, GLX, and W8 trim levels in the Passat lineup.

The Passat GL came with a 1.8-liter, 170-hp 4-cylinder engine, a five-speed manual overdrive transmission (a five-speed automatic was optional), and a stripped-down list of standard features that included air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, anti-lock brakes, and traction control.

The GLS trim package included the same features and added a sunroof and alloy wheels, among other equipment. It was available with either the 1.8-liter 4-cylinder or a 2.8-liter, 190-hp V6 engine.

The GLX, available only with the V6, added leather seats (powered in the front) to the list of standard features. And the Passat W8, introduced a year earlier, came with a 4.0-liter, 270-hp 8-cylinder engine and an extenstive list of standard features, including a five-speed automatic transmission with the Tiptronic manual shift feature (a six-speed automatic was available as an option) and a stability control system, as well as all the features included with the GLX and GLS.

Overall, drivers' opinions of the Passat seemed to have improved when compared to previous years, with many drivers recommending the car. Drivers especially liked the Passat's power, roominess, interior appointments, and even its price. Some drivers, however, still noted quality-control problems with the car.

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Is There A Do It Yourself Book For Minor Maintenance (oil Change, Air Filte...

I have a 2003 VW passat GLX (4Motion V6 2.8L engine) and wanted to do minor maintenance myself. Like oil changes, air filters, battery changes, etc. But the manual that comes with car is not very help...

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Mike Jones
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I Replaced The Heater Core In My 2003 Vw Passat And The Blower Fan Control ...

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steffyb43
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My Radio Comes On. But No Sound

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LisaS822
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How Many Miles Is Too Many?

I am looking at purchasing a 2003 Passat with 187,000 miles for a teenager. Was looking for information from someone with a Passat with high mileage. how does it hold up? I know Hondas seem to run f...

50 views with 1 answer (last answer 2 months ago)
brandanc
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There Was A Thin Plastic Flexible Hose That Connected From The Top Front Of...

the fan intake thing began to act up. We did drive the vehicle with no hose the week before we were able to obtain the needed hose. Once i put the hose back on the fan become really loud, especial...

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