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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Michiana writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat W8 Review
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5

Pros

Rare, fun, comfortable, 4-Motion, W8

Cons

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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Nick writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GLS V6 Review
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4

Pros

fast and good on gas

Cons

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

Pros

Room, build quality

Cons

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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David writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GL Review
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5

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Just about everything was awesome, to me. A wise price to pay for German engineering.

Cons

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

Pros

acceleration, handling

Cons

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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Claire writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GLX Review
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4

Pros

Solid and comfortable....

Cons

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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Raghubeer writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GLX Review
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5

Pros

ull enjoy drivin it

Cons

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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Katherine writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GLS V6 Review
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4

Pros

It picks up and goes, the interior leather is amazing

Cons

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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William writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GLX Wagon Review
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5

Pros

ITS A VW

Cons

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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JulesVW22 writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GL Review
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4

Pros

high quality, handles well, sharp appearance

Cons

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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