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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Uriel writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GLS V6 Review
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5

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fun to drive, great handling, I love the European looks, best VW generation, big cargo capacity,

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like all German cars, expensive maintenance, but worth it,

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Take Care Of The Car And It Will Take Care Of You — I love this car, its looks, its handling, its reliability, being honest, I've spent a lot of money on this car, but in my opinion it is worth it, all of its luxurious features, it is an Audi with a VW badge. I totally recomend this car... if you are willing to take good care of it

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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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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tardicus writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GLS Review
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fun to drive, steering wheel is awesome. perfect family car. solidly built.

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premium gas is a drag. key fob has lost some functions

tardicus
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Excellent All Around Family Vehicle — I bought my 2003 gls wagon with 1.8 T 10 yrs ago. I have since put 105,000 miles on it. Perhaps the best car I have ever owned. replaced front axels( CV boots damaged) $400, Brakes and rotors $350, thermostat $400, timing belt and water pump replaced $1200. $2400 maintenence averaged over 10 plus years is not so bad. Car is still fun to drive and is solid as a rock. Steering ,handling and braking are excellent. Just a very well built solid car that does a lot of things very well. Still looks superb. There are an awful lot of these cars around where I live so they seem to holding up very well

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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William writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GLX Wagon Review
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ITS A VW

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nothing

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Its A Vw — 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 with the black leather Cost of owner ship- this thing rips through gas, but needs little maintenance Fun factor- say what you want about wagons but i will kick your ass in a race!

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

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TAGG55 writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat W8 Review
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5

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powerful , predictable performance. Car has an excellent cornering and handling ability

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I can't really say anything bad, this car is an able performer in many respects.

TAGG55
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A Well Engineered Piece — I like all the thought and knowledge that went into making this car a true technological marvel of it's day The all wheel drive system performs seamlessly , always reining the car in under slippery conditions . The 270 HP 4.0 W-8 motor really delivers the power. All around safe car!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Dylan writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GLS Review
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cleanliness

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I couldn't buy it

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Buy A Standard! — Loved It. Drove it easily since the dealer rode with us, but I know it had great torque. It was a bit too expensive for a 10 year old car, but so fun to drive. The car was clean as a whistle on the interior except for the little ash tray or some kind of compartment for the backseat on the console. Car was a blast to drive. Standards are the way to go, but not many people know how to drive them anymore. Teach your kids/friends!

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Tin writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GLS Review
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Sleeper, very quick, stable, great handling, huge trunk space

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makes you look like an old man

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Great Car That Attracts Little Attention — This car is a total sleeper very quick the 1.8T motor on it is amazing stable on the highway the looks of it will make you look like an old man but people underestimate what this car can do very fun car to drive gas mileage is great and maintenance on it is great

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Stef writes:
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Appearance is good, great engine, wouldn't change it.

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Running costs.

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10/10 — It's a 1.9TDi engine with 131bhp, overall it provides great acceleration. Build quality is quite good, hardly done anything to it. It's the highline edition of it, so interior and exterior looks great. The cost of ownership is not that good, it doesn't have great fuel economy, maintenance is quite pricey. The car is definitely great and quite fun to drive.

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

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Davida writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GLS V6 Review
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Great ride, fast, powerful

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Costs lots to fix, and needs to be fixed a lot

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Great Until It Falls Apart — Fully functional and amazingly fast lemon. A great car until the warranty goes and then all that fine Euro engineering is worthless.

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Great Car... Love To Just Drive It. — The car is great. looks sharp and drives well. The only negative is the fuel consumption... very low 19/24.

Owner for 3 years, 0 months

Miles Driven per Year:8,750

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