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2003 Volkswagen Passat Overview

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GL
Avg. Price: $5,492
GL Wagon
Avg. Price: $5,305
GLS
Avg. Price: $5,871
GLS V6
Avg. Price: $5,879
GLS V6 Wagon
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Avg. Price: $5,639
GLS Wagon
Avg. Price: $5,679
GLX
Avg. Price: $6,451
GLX 4Motion
Avg. Price: $6,736
GLX 4Motion Wagon
Avg. Price: $6,952
GLX Wagon
Avg. Price: $6,502
W8
Avg. Price: $7,734
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Average User Score

4.45 stars

Based on 34 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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Based on 34 reviews

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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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 ...

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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

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Where Is The Fuel Filter Located

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Heater Blows Cold Air

heater core is fine but it still has no heat

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Problem With Heater

I have very little heat coming from the heater. The radiator and thermostat and motor new. (there was a fault code for the motor,but when motor changed no fault code now.) there is no other fault code...

1,014 views with 3 answers (last answer 5 months ago)