2003 Volkswagen Passat User Reviews

2003 Volkswagen Passat Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 35 reviews

  • Performance: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
  • Appearance:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5
  • Overall: 4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 16 reviews
"handling" 9 reviews
"fuel economy" 9 reviews
"power" 8 reviews
"build quality" 6 reviews
CONS
"expensive car" 7 reviews
"fuel economy" 5 reviews
"power" 5 reviews
"heavy car" 3 reviews

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JulesVW22 writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GL Review
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high quality, handles well, sharp appearance

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some electrical defects ie. check engine comes on in rain

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I Bought Car Used @ 55k, In Two Years I've Driven 50k With Barely A Blip - I Love This Car. — Have had problems with acceleration ever since hitting 70k - there is a lot of jerking. There has been a consistent squeaking in my heater. Also, at one point my signal wouldn't go off that that a door was open - an electrical problem and costly fix. That being said, I am in my car for 5 - 9 hours a day so relatively speaking, I have had very few issues. The car is a blast to drive and very stylish. I feel safe driving it, even in snow, because it is very solid. This is a perfect car for someone who does a lot of driving (good gas mileage, comfortable) and wants safety. My first VW experience has been a positive one.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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OviedoPassat writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GLS Wagon Review
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Sportive handling, Turbo and tip-tronic transmission enable choosing between maximum performance/acceleration or fuel saving, huge carge - bigger than in most SUVs

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Replacing the timing belt was 2x as expensive as for other cars

OviedoPassat
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Primary Use: Family transportation

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Zaven writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GL Wagon Review
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Fun to drive, as much space as many SUVs, great handling

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Bad Gas Mileage for a 4-cylinder, typical VW electronic problems

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This Car Is Beast. — This is my first car, and it has got to be one of the greatest cars you could ever have for your first car. It is relatively simple, fun to drive, has lots of options, legroom, space in the boot, looks great, and is a Volkswagen. Mine has a 4-cylinder 1.8 Turbo engine, which is great, but doesn't get the gas mileage you expected for a 4-cylinder (Expect 27 Highway, 18 City). Overall, an amazing car. It's got that Volkswagen feel of solidity when you drive it. Also, although you can see plenty of VW Passats around town, I've seen very, very few wagons. I like the looks of the car, but what really makes the Passat wagon look great is simply the rarity of it. I love my Passat.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Drew writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GLX Review
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Everything

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AWD- E-brake slides were so hard

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2003 Vw Passat Glx 4-matic — I had a 2003 VW Passast GLX 4-Matic. Best car I ever owned, but at 19 years old, i haven't had too many cars. Very good on gas, V-6 engine and all wheel drive. Very fun to drive and top speed of 137 mph. Not a big fan of European cars, but my VW changed my mind.

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Claire writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GLX Review
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Solid and comfortable....

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None!!

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Something The Germans Got Right... — Safe, comfortable, well built and fast. Quality car. Accelerates well though not as well as a petrol. Braking is excellent & it handles well. Nice classy looking car - inside and out. Fairly economical and low maintenance. Not as fun as a sports car but great as a nippy and safe family car.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Katherine writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GLS V6 Review
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It picks up and goes, the interior leather is amazing

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the check engine light always comes on and goes off, it has a minor oil leak

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Good — I got this car because it is unlike any American made car. The design is completely different, inside and out and it is very sturdy, unlike many crappy fords... The maintenance I've noticed it's very cheap, especially when you have an oil leak. The best place to drive this car is on the interstate because it is the smoothest.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Bogdan writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat Review
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i loved it. hell yeah

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some problems with ESP, clutch and climatronic system..minor

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Good Car But It's Aging. — too bad it's too old and aging. B5.5 put VW a step behind BMW or AUDI. The 130 hp TDI was sporty, reliable, fun to drive. The design of the car was unique back in early 2001. My favorite. Resell value was pretty good. I had a few problems with this car, but since it was a second hand car i ll skipp this remark. The build quality was good. Car only had 4 airbags, but it felt solid and safe. ABS and ESP good points. Had some issues with the ESP.. i was the king of the road. A fast car.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Restoration writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GLS Review
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great passing ability on the freeway.

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gas wont stay in the tank for very long, due to the turbo 1.8 four cylinder engine

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1.8 T Is It Really Worth The Expense And Upkeep , To Drive A Namesake? — After looking at all the receipts,gas tickets,tire expense and special order parts.I think that next time,I hope to find a better candidate for bringing something back to life,that has either been worked on incorrectly by a lame mechanic,or just been neglected.And thats hard to find in todays economy.People are territorial,and tend to drive the__________,out of thier cars!

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Nick writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GLS V6 Review
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4

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fast and good on gas

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hard to work on

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Love It — it goes 160mph stock out of the dealership. handles great, hugs corners well. they are sharp, clean cut cars that just look good. it gets pretty good gas if you drive it nice. and its looks just as good on the inside, all leather baby

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Dylan writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GLX Wagon Review
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4

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Room, build quality

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sluggish V6

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Great Car That Could Become A Mean Sports Car With Right Mods — I really love my car for the way it is. It's biggest weakness is its weight and the underpowered engine. With some modifications it can be cured though. I find the car to be very attractive because of the rounded corners and simplicity of the design. The interior is top notch for its price. Another weakness that this car has is gas mileage. I'm a pretty spirited driver so i use all RPMs on the V6 which results in pretty bad gas mileage. It's fun to drive...but its still a soft wagon

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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2014 Volkswagen Passat Reviews

One Of The Best Sedans On The Road. By Ventura

I've driven a lot of cars and this is one of my all time favorites. The Passat TDI even as a base car comes nicely loaded, the SEL has some added luxuries that make longer drives even nicer. The inter... Read More

Good Family Car By cindimarie2

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2013 Volkswagen Passat Reviews

Great Vehicle, Highly Recommended And Would Definitely Buy Again. By Cdallaird

Great car. Would definitely recommend to anybody looking for a larger vehicle. I had looked at a jetta, but wanted something a bit bigger. I use the space. I am a volunteer firefighter/EMT and FT EMT.... Read More

Excellent. By Brad

Brand new. Power is good. Looking forward to my first trip. Warms up pretty quickly. Very roomy inside. The computer telling me distance to empty and average consumption is a nice touch. Needs winter ... Read More

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2012 Volkswagen Passat Reviews

Great Value And Sexy!! By christycritter79

There is not too much not to like about this vehicle, all of its reviews and receive 5 stars for just about every category.the car is one of the most cleanest emissions vehicles in the country let a... Read More

Good Family Car By Chrismax

Good gas mileage, lots of room for a family. 2012 model year did not have back up cam or rear seat a/c vents which is a must with kids in the back seat. would recommend the Passat. Carefree mainten... Read More

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2010 Volkswagen Passat Reviews

3d Passat And No Wonder! By nedm

This 2010 is truly the last of the good performance Passats. VW blew it with the underpowered 2012+. It is simply a blast to drive. The 2.0L turbo w/ 200 hp is amazingly responsive and FAST! No wonder... Read More

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

It is an amazing car. The quaility is superior to many cars produced today and has much more than many that are 15 to 20K more. No one will be disappoint when they have a car that is like this. Read More

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2009 Volkswagen Passat Reviews

Audi Styling & Handling At Vw Pricing. By skyhawk182

Couldn't be happier with the Passat Wagon. Large storage use, handles like a dream and wonderful styling inside and out (but of course the 2012 version has been dummied down to look and drive like a ... Read More

Chris Thomas By Chris

Great quality car VW has really outdone themselves. It is very responsive and has great power especially in the 3.6 version. Handling is great for the size of the car. It is funny to race people in... Read More

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