2004 Volkswagen Passat Overview

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GL
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GL TDi
GL TDi Wagon
GL Wagon
Avg. Price: $4,851
GLS
Avg. Price: $5,667
GLS TDi
Avg. Price: $6,595
GLS TDi Wagon
GLS Wagon
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GLX
Avg. Price: $5,869
GLX 4Motion
Avg. Price: $6,421
GLX 4Motion Wagon
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4.55 stars

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Best Vehicle I've Ever Owned! by redgls04
 — I absolutely love my VW - we have 3 in our household. It is the 2nd brand new car I've purchased - ever, I've had it 3 1/2 years and every time I get in it - it's like the first time. I bought a bra... Read More
Overall Fun Car To Drive And Capable Of Alot Of Hp If You Have The $$ by John
 — This car is Good on gas if you can keep it out of the boost. The stock handling and brakeing were great but i found myself wanting more so i upgraded. The car is a little sluggish off the line but it... Read More
Very Powerful And A Pleasure To Drive by Tyler
 — The TDi, although has around 140 horses, is very preppy and is underestimated in acceleration. Great handling and outstanding braking. Plenty of room for passengers. Seats are mildly uncomfortable on ... Read More

2004 Volkswagen Passat Overview

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2004 Volkswagen Passat

Volkswagen expanded its Passat lineup for 2004 and added a turbocharged diesel to the engine options. The four trim packages available to drivers in 2004 included the entry-level GL (available with either a standard 1.8-liter, 170-hp 4-cylinder gas engine or the new 2.0-liter, 134-hp 4-cylinder diesel); the GLS (also available with either the 4-cylinder gas or the 4-cylinder diesel engine); the GLX, which came with a 2.8-liter, 190-hp V6 engine; and the top-of-the-line W8, which was powered by Volkswagen's impressive 4.0-liter, 270-hp 8-cylinder engine. What's more, the Passat was available in both four-door sedan and wagon versions.

Three transmissions were also available. A five-speed manual was standard in the GL and GLS gas engine Passats as well as in the GLX, while a five-speed automatic was matched with the GL and GLS diesels as well as with the W8. Rounding out the list was a six-speed manual transmission, available as an option with the W8.

As you might expect, with all those trim packages, drivers had a lot of standard and optional features to sort through. The basic GL package came with such standard features as air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, anti-lock brakes, traction control, front and side airbags, and an audio system with cassette and CD players. The GLS added a sunroof and alloy wheels.  The GLX and W8 added leather seats, which were heated in the front, among other features. The W8 was also available in a sport package with a tighter suspension, and VW's 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system was available on certain models.

Many of the quality-control problems that seemed to plaque Passats in previous years seemed to have been fixed by the time the 2004 models rolled off the assembly lines, at least according to drivers. Instead of complaining about frequent trips to the repair shop, drivers found favor with the Passat's styling, handling, comfort, and safety features, and even commented on its affordability.

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Throttle Body Removal 2004 2.8 Passat 4motion.

I want to remove and clean the throttle body on a 2004 passat 4motion 2.8. I'm down to removing the 3 hex bolts holding it on but my Haynes manual mentions the need to drain the coolant and remover ...

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Why The Engine Light Came On, Speedometer Quit Working

I was driving down the freeway yesterday, and all of a sudden the car felt like it was losing pwer the check engine light came on, and now the speedometer quit working. I was low on gas , and thought ...

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Carol Camillo
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The Car Comes Up And My Dash Board & Does What Mean

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Timing Belt Trouble

my timing belt snapped. I found a mechanic who works from home, I trust that He is good but he is running into huge problems. He had the timing belt replaced when he started it it sounded bad so h...

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Dashboard Lights

Hi guys, I would truly appreciate it if someone could help me out. Previously, the center screen of my dashboard used to light up and show me not only the current temperature but also the amount of m...

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