2003 Volkswagen Passat User Reviews

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Users ranked 2003 Volkswagen Passat against other cars which they drove/owned. Each ranking was based on 9 categories. Here is the summary of top rankings.

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    2003 Volkswagen Passat W8 Review
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    55

    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

    Pros: Rare, fun, comfortable, 4-Motion, W8

    Cons: In the event of a rare repair, not inexpensive.

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    2003 Volkswagen Passat GLS V6 Review
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    45

    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.)

    Pros: fast and good on gas

    Cons: hard to work on

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    2003 Volkswagen Passat GLX Wagon Review
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    335

    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.)

    Pros: Room, build quality

    Cons: sluggish V6

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    2003 Volkswagen Passat GL Review
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    165

    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

    Pros: Just about everything was awesome, to me. A wise price to pay for German engineering.

    Cons: My only complaint about Volkswagen has been my service experience at the dealer.

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    2003 Volkswagen Passat GLS Review
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    45

    7.5 Out Of 10 — turbo makes it accelerate quickly, braking is good, handles very well (typical german car). only one problem with it ever. fairly low maintainince. avg. 23 mpg. yes it is pretty fun to drive. kinda looks a little chickish in the back.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: acceleration, handling

    Cons: expensive to repair

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    2003 Volkswagen Passat GLX Review
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    125

    Something The Germans Got Right... — Safe, comfortable, well built and fast. Quality car. Accelerates well though not as well as a petrol. Braking is excellent & it handles well. Nice classy looking car - inside and out. Fairly economical and low maintenance. Not as fun as a sports car but great as a nippy and safe family car.

    Primary Use: Family transportation

    Pros: Solid and comfortable....

    Cons: None!!

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    2003 Volkswagen Passat GLX Review
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    35

    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

    Pros: ull enjoy drivin it

    Cons: nothing

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    2003 Volkswagen Passat GLS V6 Review
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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

    Pros: It picks up and goes, the interior leather is amazing

    Cons: the check engine light always comes on and goes off, it has a minor oil leak

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    2003 Volkswagen Passat GLX Wagon Review
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    75

    Its A Vw — Performance- good execration but could use lower profile for turns Build quality- there isn't anything on this car that wiggle or feels loose Appearance- the wood trim on the interior goes good with the black leather Cost of owner ship- this thing rips through gas, but needs little maintenance Fun factor- say what you want about wagons but i will kick your ass in a race!

    Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

    Pros: ITS A VW

    Cons: nothing

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    2003 Volkswagen Passat GL Review
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    125

    I Bought Car Used @ 55k, In Two Years I've Driven 50k With Barely A Blip - I Love This Car. — Have had problems with acceleration ever since hitting 70k - there is a lot of jerking. There has been a consistent squeaking in my heater. Also, at one point my signal wouldn't go off that that a door was open - an electrical problem and costly fix. That being said, I am in my car for 5 - 9 hours a day so relatively speaking, I have had very few issues. The car is a blast to drive and very stylish. I feel safe driving it, even in snow, because it is very solid. This is a perfect car for someone who does a lot of driving (good gas mileage, comfortable) and wants safety. My first VW experience has been a positive one.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: high quality, handles well, sharp appearance

    Cons: some electrical defects ie. check engine comes on in rain

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    Reviews From Other Years

    2015 Volkswagen Passat Reviews

    Love This Car... By dpkdo731

    I like the fuel efficiency, cost and stylishness of the vehicle. It is sporty, but does not lose its ability to be professional and classy. The 45-50MPG is fantastic and the Diesel TDI will go fore... Read More

    Made For America With German Engineering. By Pal_venkat

    I have recently bought my VW Passat 1.8 TSI SE with Nav. Initially went to buy VW Golf then ended up with the Passat because of the size. I love the interior not being too busy. Very simple and decent... Read More

    2014 Volkswagen Passat Reviews

    This Is A Surprisingly Good Ride. By BobSteveVA

    I've been a BMW driver for about 12 years and loved the 5 series I drove. After not being able to get a manual transmission and reaching my max to spend for a set of wheels, I decided to stay German b... Read More

    Best Diesel Car/sedan For Your Money. Period. By 5DDFL

    Everything about it is fantastic! Owning this has sold me on the TDI brand for life. Having the Diesel engine is a bit more expensive so I wouldn't suggest buying a new one unless you plan on drivin... Read More

    2013 Volkswagen Passat Reviews

    A Fuel-sipping Champion. By Beta_400

    This is a terrific all around family car. The seating is huge, it is fuel efficient, and handles well. The design is spartan and timeless. The only thing I've noticed over time is that the paint doesn... Read More

    Great Reliable Car By Ginese1

    I drove this car to and from Tampa for two years and never had a moments problem with it. Its enjoyable to drive and looks great. Does very well on gas mileage and handles well in wet conditions. T... Read More

    2012 Volkswagen Passat Reviews

    Great Overall Car By tneff350

    This car was great. I did much out of town traveling and experienced great MPG through my interstate travels. Even better while traveling down two-lane roadways at 65-70 MPH. Very roomy car with lots ... Read More

    Solid Family Car By ElephantMovers

    I loved the style and handling, I was worried about the breaking system and reports about the car being slow to stop, but have had no problems so far. The back seat area is great for our kids. The hea... Read More

    2010 Volkswagen Passat Reviews

    Love It By JS4357

    One of the best vehicles I've driven. The antenna system seems to act up during cold weather as the receiver has to warm up before the signal goes to 100% during warm up it only receives at about 65% ... Read More

    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

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