2003 Volkswagen Passat User Reviews

2003 Volkswagen Passat Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 36 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" 17 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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kemrick writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GLX 4Motion Wagon Review
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5

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Solid car for my use. Takes on the snow beautifully.

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Dealers service fees are exhorbitant!

kemrick
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Great Car! — A great car for Colorado weather. It takes on rain, snow, sleet, hail and everything in between and delivers the goods. With good mileage this car was just right for my family. We would definately recommend the Passat to others.

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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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

JulesVW22
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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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flaghorn writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GL Review
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4

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Nice smooth ride.

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Must burn high test.

flaghorn
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Polly Nice Clean Looking Ride. — The passat with a 1.8 Turbo Handles like a dream. Not quite a cutting diamond kind of ride. Never lose the key will cost $200.00 bucks to replace. Must burn high test to keep the turbo running. Also needs synthitic oil. Oh well costs a few more bucks to keep running but worth it for the smooth ride. And sleek look.

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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Since59 writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GLS Review
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An Audi A4 In Drag! — 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 to a 4-cylinder (let alone a turbo) but this engine seems better balanced than the larger V6. It's never at a loss for power and I get over 30 mpg on the highway with the cruise control on. Great long-distance cruiser, wonderful seats and great Monsoon Stereo/CD. As it has the same chassis as the Audi A4, it's a pretty good handler even though it's tuned for a softer ride. It's no sports car but it handles the twist and turns Monterey Bay and HWY 1 just fine. Love the auto/manual box. The previous owner put on some budget tires (Fuzion) and there is more road noise than I'd expect but the grip is good and they wear very well. As far as concerns about engine sludge. Not a problem with this car. The key is to follow regular oil changes and use a high quality detergent gasoline.

Owner for 1 years, 0 months

Miles Driven per Year:15,000

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Michiana writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat W8 Review
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Rare, fun, comfortable, 4-Motion, W8

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In the event of a rare repair, not inexpensive.

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Wish I Saw More Of Them Around But Nice To Have One Of The 95 Brought To The Us — This has been a great car. I like the smooth power and torque curves and the large front and rear disc brakes have no problem slowing her down. I have had a timing belt tensioner go out but a local shop fixed it very reasonably and has been problem free ever since. Two tone interior is nice and comfortable around sharp curves and on long road trips.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Dylan writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GLX Wagon Review
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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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Nick writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GLS V6 Review
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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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