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2003 Volkswagen Passat Overview
Overall User Score
Based on 36 reviews
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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Volkswagen Passat Questions
How To Get Your Radio Off Of Safe Mode?
i have a vw passat 2003 i got it at a used car lot so i have no owner manual so help please
Car Starts Rounds For About 5 Or 10 Seconds And Stops
will not start , turns over but only runs a short time
Oil Pressure Light Came On Said Oil Pressure Low
changed oil sensor light light still on car sound light a lawn mower I had put to much oil in it drained it put new oil in
2003 Vw Passat 1.8 T Valve Cover Gasket Replacement Problem
I replaced my valve over gasket and then noticed that the two plastic covers over the camshaft were not installed!! What do these things do. The engine actually runs OK, but the idle is a little rou...
Noise On Cold Start
Recently purchased a 2003 VW Passat GLX 4 Motion for my teen driver. Have noticed that upon a cold start the car makes an unusual noise near the front of the engine. Lasts for only about a minute ...