2003 Volkswagen Passat Overview

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2003 Volkswagen Passat Overview

Volkswagen widened its Passat lineup again in 2003 with the addition of the GL entry-level trim package. It joined the GLS, GLX, and W8 trim levels in the Passat lineup.

The Passat GL came with a 1.8-liter, 170-hp 4-cylinder engine, a five-speed manual overdrive transmission (a five-speed automatic was optional), and a stripped-down list of standard features that included air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, anti-lock brakes, and traction control.

The GLS trim package included the same features and added a sunroof and alloy wheels, among other equipment. It was available with either the 1.8-liter 4-cylinder or a 2.8-liter, 190-hp V6 engine.

The GLX, available only with the V6, added leather seats (powered in the front) to the list of standard features. And the Passat W8, introduced a year earlier, came with a 4.0-liter, 270-hp 8-cylinder engine and an extenstive list of standard features, including a five-speed automatic transmission with the Tiptronic manual shift feature (a six-speed automatic was available as an option) and a stability control system, as well as all the features included with the GLX and GLS.

Overall, drivers' opinions of the Passat seemed to have improved when compared to previous years, with many drivers recommending the car. Drivers especially liked the Passat's power, roominess, interior appointments, and even its price. Some drivers, however, still noted quality-control problems with the car.

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    Brakes

    I drove 8 hours out of town and my brakes were fine now they are making a grinding noise when I brake, will they be ok to drive back home I don't have the money to get them repaired before I leave

    11 views with 3 answers (last answer 6 days ago)

    Timing Belt

    When changhing the water pump do i have to remove the fan pully because it seems like the last mechanic put a lot of loctite on the bolts and the allen head is stripped

    2 views with no answers yet
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    Noise On Cold Start

    Recently purchased a 2003 VW Passat GLX 4 Motion for my teen driver. Have noticed that upon a cold start the car makes an unusual noise near the front of the engine. Lasts for only about a minute ...

    822 views with 6 answers (last answer about a month ago)

    Low Pressure Light Came On Had New Sending Unit And Pick Up Screen Install...

    5 views with 1 answer (last answer about a month ago)

    Coolant Leak

    I have a 2003 Volkswagen Passat that I believe the heater core leaks but while I was looking at the hoses I noticed a lot of rust and corrosion at the mounting position of the hoses could the hoses...

    23 views with 5 answers (last answer about a month ago)