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2003 Volkswagen Passat User Reviews

2003 Volkswagen Passat Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 34 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
"power" 9 reviews
"fuel economy" 9 reviews
"handling" 8 reviews
"build quality" 6 reviews
CONS
"expensive car" 7 reviews
"power" 5 reviews
"fuel economy" 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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4

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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

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Primary Use: Family transportation

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Zaven writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GL Wagon Review
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4

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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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Bogdan writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat Review
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4

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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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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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H3 writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GLS Review
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3

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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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David writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GL Review
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Just about everything was awesome, to me. A wise price to pay for German engineering.

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My only complaint about Volkswagen has been my service experience at the dealer.

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This Was A Great Car For Me. — 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 special. I've replaced it with a 2007 Passat Wagon 3.6L 4MOTION that has everything but navigation. The creature comforts would cost several thousand more in any other German brand.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Bobby writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GLS Review
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4

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acceleration, handling

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expensive to repair

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7.5 Out Of 10 — turbo makes it accelerate quickly, braking is good, handles very well (typical german car). only one problem with it ever. fairly low maintainince. avg. 23 mpg. yes it is pretty fun to drive. kinda looks a little chickish in the back.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Raghubeer writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GLX Review
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ull enjoy drivin it

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nothing

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Enjoyable — its a beaut 2 own power its got handling ,comfort, looks, i luv the heated seats 4 a cold day. fuel economy is great silent on the side with al the windows closed . handles at 160km/ph aruond bend i love

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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