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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Displaying 21 - 30 of 36 2003 Volkswagen Passat reviews.

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

35

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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Tin writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GLS Review
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5

Pros

Sleeper, very quick, stable, great handling, huge trunk space

Cons

makes you look like an old man

55

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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Corey writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GL Review
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5

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Appearance

Cons

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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Drew writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GLX Review
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4

Pros

Everything

Cons

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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Colleen writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GLX Review
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5

Pros

Smooth, solid, stylish

Cons

acceleration was a bit slow.  car often felt heavy

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Great Sedan — A nice solid sedan. I had been driving 4wds for years so returning to the ground was hard as a short person! Unfortunately, it lacked the cargo space I needed for toting artwork to and from shows... so it had to go. I love VWs and would purchase another at some point in the future.

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Scott writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GL Review
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Pros

ooooo

Cons

oooooo

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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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Davida writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GLS V6 Review
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4

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Great ride, fast, powerful

Cons

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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Michele writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GL Review
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5

Pros

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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2013 Volkswagen Passat Reviews

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This is a terrific all around family car. The seating is huge, it is fuel efficient, and handles well. The design is spartan and timeless. The only thing I've noticed over time is that the paint doesn... Read More

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2012 Volkswagen Passat Reviews

Great Overall Car By tneff350

This car was great. I did much out of town traveling and experienced great MPG through my interstate travels. Even better while traveling down two-lane roadways at 65-70 MPH. Very roomy car with lots ... Read More

Solid Family Car By ElephantMovers

I loved the style and handling, I was worried about the breaking system and reports about the car being slow to stop, but have had no problems so far. The back seat area is great for our kids. The hea... Read More

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2010 Volkswagen Passat Reviews

Love It By JS4357

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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

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