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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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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Raghubeer writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GLX Review
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5

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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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Ian writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat W8 Review
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4

Pros

I taxi and it sticks the pace

Cons

Only the suspension lets it down to hard around town to soft under fast driving

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Not A Sports Saloon By Far But A Good All Rounder/family Car Top Bulid Quality — The Passat is not a bad car it is a 1.9TDI 130bhp model it can accelerate will if you let the turbo do its job. Its a heavy car just under 2000k the breaks can overheat if driven hard. its a sport so normal driving is a bit chopy on a b road brash you now it a heavy car no rally car but cruses well though. bulit proof build quality, but eats CV joints, will do around 36mpg ave,service every 10,000miles keeps her right cumfy interior good on long trips. Good car fun drive.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Corey writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GL Review
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5

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Appearance

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Cost

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Vw Passat — This has been a great car with quite a bit of power to it. For the basic 1.8 turbo 4 cylinder engine, i have no problem racing other cars off the line within the same class. The Triptronic shifter makes the car better than any basic automatic..

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Sarah writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GLS Review
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4

Pros

Reliable, comfortable, affordable

Cons

Low horsepower, hard to work on

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1.8t Passat — 1.8T is a great motor, although a little more horsepower would make it a lot more appealing to those Euro fans who want a full size car with get up and go. They are reasonably priced cars and I have only had one problem with it in the 5 years and 124,000 miles I've had it. Great gas mileage and minimial maintenance required.

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Scott writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GL Review
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ooooo

Cons

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Oooo — It's just a good car. It looks good, but isn't too much of a head turner so I don't feel conspicuous. Had a sludge problem (so many of these do) but we change the oil regularly so it seems to be better now....

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Patrick writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GL Review
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5

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Headlamps are outstanding. Doesn't need fog/driving supplement. Adjustable seat is a plus.

Cons

Brakes wear sooner than some, (performance geared) No moonroof on GL model (i think anyway)

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Www.vw.com — Great fuel economy, 2.0 20v turbo four cylinder. Plenty of get up and go. (especially these days!) Tiptronic shift for when you want to play around. German engineering, quiet, solid. Whatelse?

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Michele writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GL Review
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5

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It came with all the amenities
It came with all the amenities!

Cons

I haven't found one yet!

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My Favorite Car So Far! — I had to trade in my last Volkswagen, but I like it so much I got another. I haven't been disappointed yet!

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Kurtis writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat Review
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4

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Quick off the line, Good top end.

Cons

Sounds liek a sewing machine.

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03 Passat — My dads car... 5 speed standard 2.0 litre 16 valve....

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2014 Volkswagen Passat Reviews

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2013 Volkswagen Passat Reviews

Better Than A Prius By Ragneish

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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

My Impression Of Her Has Declined Steadily. By Steve2xsv

Timing belt at 70k, sewing machine idle. Turbo is nice but I stepped out of an E-class Mercedes. It's gotten too small for two growing boys and their accoutrement. Performs well in snow with proper ... Read More

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

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