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2003 Volkswagen Passat User Reviews

2003 Volkswagen Passat Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 34 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
"power" 9 reviews
"fuel economy" 9 reviews
"handling" 8 reviews
"build quality" 6 reviews
CONS
"expensive car" 7 reviews
"power" 5 reviews
"fuel economy" 5 reviews
"heavy car" 3 reviews

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Hubstarter writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GLS V6 Wagon Review
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4

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Clean ok on gas rides nice good power

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It's a wagon

Hubstarter
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Nice Overall Inexpensive Vehicle Great For A First Time Driver Or Someone Who Needs The Cargo Space — There really is nothing I don't like I wish It had leather but the cloth has held up really well. I think this car could be a great family car, dog owner, someone who needs the extra space. Very inexpensive will drive for a long time.

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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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Nick writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GLS V6 Review
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fast and good on gas

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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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Room, build quality

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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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Tin writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GLS Review
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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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Davida writes:
2003 Volkswagen Passat GLS V6 Review
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Great ride, fast, powerful

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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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Dylan writes:
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cleanliness

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I couldn't buy it

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Buy A Standard! — Loved It. Drove it easily since the dealer rode with us, but I know it had great torque. It was a bit too expensive for a 10 year old car, but so fun to drive. The car was clean as a whistle on the interior except for the little ash tray or some kind of compartment for the backseat on the console. Car was a blast to drive. Standards are the way to go, but not many people know how to drive them anymore. Teach your kids/friends!

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