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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Kurtis writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat Review
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Quick off the line, Good top end.

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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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Michele writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GL Review
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It came with all the amenities
It came with all the amenities!

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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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Scott writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GL Review
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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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Corey writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GL Review
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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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Ian writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat W8 Review
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4

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I taxi and it sticks the pace

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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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Raghubeer writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GLX Review
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ull enjoy drivin it

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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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David writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GL Review
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Just about everything was awesome, to me. A wise price to pay for German engineering.

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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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Restoration writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GLS Review
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great passing ability on the freeway.

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gas wont stay in the tank for very long, due to the turbo 1.8 four cylinder engine

Restoration
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1.8 T Is It Really Worth The Expense And Upkeep , To Drive A Namesake? — After looking at all the receipts,gas tickets,tire expense and special order parts.I think that next time,I hope to find a better candidate for bringing something back to life,that has either been worked on incorrectly by a lame mechanic,or just been neglected.And thats hard to find in todays economy.People are territorial,and tend to drive the__________,out of thier cars!

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Katherine writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GLS V6 Review
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4

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It picks up and goes, the interior leather is amazing

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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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Patrick writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GL Review
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Headlamps are outstanding. Doesn't need fog/driving supplement. Adjustable seat is a plus.

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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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A Good And Honest Car By Werner

Parts for this car is very expensive as many parts must be imported - given the age of the car. Performance was quit excellent - 198km/h from a 2.2l car was quit good in 1987 - given its rivals in tho... Read More

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The Bottom Line Is , Go & Get One Of You`re Able Too, They`ll Last A Lifetime By Frank

this was a 1989 car - a 1.8 gl - performance was really good - at worst the way i`d drive it, it would do 30 m.p.g. - the best it would do 44/46 m.p.g. - so long as you kept the revs around 4,500 r.p.... Read More

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Basic, good car. Nothing bad to say about it. Except the 1.6 engine, which sucked. Way too underdimensioned for the size of the car. It was good to drive. Corrosion was a minor problem. Some electric ... Read More

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