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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Mat writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GLX Review
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Build Quality, Comfort on long journeys

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cost of ownership!

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Passat 4dr 1.9 Se, Great Car — Great Car, but as always had to have one with all the toys, quiet, good music system

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picklejuice2 writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GLS V6 Review
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Heated seats, safety

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costly maintenance

picklejuice2
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Love The Car, Hate The Maintenace Cost — This car is wonderful to drive. Great on long hauls, lots of power, holds the road.

Owner for 5 years, 0 months

Miles Driven per Year:15,000

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kemrick writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GLX 4Motion Wagon Review
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5

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Solid car for my use. Takes on the snow beautifully.

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Dealers service fees are exhorbitant!

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Great Car! — A great car for Colorado weather. It takes on rain, snow, sleet, hail and everything in between and delivers the goods. With good mileage this car was just right for my family. We would definately recommend the Passat to others.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Uriel writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GLS V6 Review
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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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tardicus writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GLS Review
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4

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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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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.

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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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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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Michiana writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat W8 Review
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Rare, fun, comfortable, 4-Motion, W8

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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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Tin writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GLS Review
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5

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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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Colleen writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GLX Review
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Smooth, solid, stylish

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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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2014 Volkswagen Passat Reviews

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Good Family Car By cindimarie2

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2013 Volkswagen Passat Reviews

Better Than A Prius By Ragneish

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Great Vehicle, Highly Recommended And Would Definitely Buy Again. By Cdallaird

Great car. Would definitely recommend to anybody looking for a larger vehicle. I had looked at a jetta, but wanted something a bit bigger. I use the space. I am a volunteer firefighter/EMT and FT EMT.... Read More

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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

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

Chris Thomas By Chris

Great quality car VW has really outdone themselves. It is very responsive and has great power especially in the 3.6 version. Handling is great for the size of the car. It is funny to race people in... Read More

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