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2003 Volkswagen Passat

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Consumer Reviews & Ratings

Overall Rating
7.5
Out of 10

Based on 793 Ratings for the 2001 - 2005 models.

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  • Value
    7.8/10
    Quality
    7.9/10
  • Reliability
    7.5/10
    Performance
    8.2/10
  • Comfort
    8.4/10
    Styling
    8.4/10
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By on Thursday, July 19, 2007

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
5/10

This customer did not provide a text review.

By on Wednesday, July 18, 2007

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

This customer did not provide a text review.

By on Wednesday, July 18, 2007

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

This customer did not provide a text review.

By on Tuesday, July 17, 2007

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

This customer did not provide a text review.

By on Tuesday, July 17, 2007

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

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Overall Rating
7/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

This customer did not provide a text review.

NYC

By on Monday, July 16, 2007

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

"yrly all drains get clogged w/ leavs must be fixd"

VW Engineering

By on Monday, July 16, 2007

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

"Solid German engineering and the turbo model has both the power and the fuel economy to match today's driving needs"

By on Sunday, July 15, 2007

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

This customer did not provide a text review.

Good little SUV alternative!

By on Saturday, July 14, 2007

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

"Purchased vehicle from non-VW dealer, but sched. maint. @ VW dealer to keep factory warranty valid. Features & conveniences comparable to BMW, for ~2/3 price! Adequate cargo & passenger space. Very comfortable & fun to drive, esp. in "Tiptronic" mode. MPH = 25/34 city/hwy on regular (87) gas + "Outlaw" booster = 91 octane min recom. Engine never labors nor hesitates; turbocharger responds fine. VW Service says this is acceptable combo."

On the fence

By on Friday, July 13, 2007

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
8/10

"Structurally, the car is built like a tank. The ride is awesome. We have the 4 cyl. and were getting about 17.5mpg in town and 22mpg highway on super unleaded ethanol. Switched to Premium fuel and now get 23mpg town 32mpg hwy. Don't run anything but premium fuel and you will do okay on milage. The Turbo cracked at 47k and had to be replaced (luckily under warranty) $2500 repair. After 50,000 miles is when the checkbook came out. We have had to replace: radio, drivers side visor (garage door opener fell apart), drivers side seat adjustment mechanism, brakes, rotars, water pump, all belts, some electonic engine sensor, battery, and cv boots. What is next??? Be ready to pay about double what you are used to paying for repairs as well. I will probably not own another VW in my lifetime."

6 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Good car!

By on Friday, July 13, 2007

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

"Great sedan"

good value

By on Thursday, July 12, 2007

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

"I have driven 45,000 miles and have had no problems. The car is excellent in the snow, the winter package (esp heated seats) is great. Fit and finish are good, seats very comfortable. The hvac is a little too manual and loud on high. Engine power is fairly weak with the 1.8 litre, 5 speed transmission"

very nice car

By on Thursday, July 12, 2007

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

"I've had this car since 11/05 and bought it new (it has 41k miles now). The only warranty item was the ABS sensor and our dealership took care of that very efficiently. It runs smoothly and is very comfortable especially for drivers over 6 ft. Nothing else bad has happened and I have enjoyed this car very much so far. The 4 motion system is excellent but uses some extra fuel. It needs higher octane fuel which can be fairly expensive. The scheduled maintenance is a must."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

By on Wednesday, July 11, 2007

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

This customer did not provide a text review.

W8 is great!!

By on Wednesday, July 11, 2007

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

"Fast and fun would best describe this top of the line V Dub. The 270hp engine is great, Tiptronics is tons of fun, Xenons, leather , moon roof... What can I say it's a great car"

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Will Miss It

By on Tuesday, July 10, 2007

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

"Great car! Undoubtably the best car for the money in its class at the time of purchase. The 4WD blasted through Midwest winters. Very sturdy construction. Great accelleration and control in emergency situatons. Only complaint was relatively weak high and low beam headlights made night driving difficult. Had to slow down to avoid over-driving the headlights. Right leg a little crampped in driving position."

The Money Pit

By on Monday, July 09, 2007

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
5/10

"After the manufacturer's 50,000 warranty, the following out-of-pocket expenses have incurred: 1) the trunk latch broke; 2) the driver-side passenger door would not open (twice); 3) two CV boots were punctured; 4) the alternator died; 5) the battery died; 6) the cross-over pipe exploded; 7) which caused the coolant reservoir to be replaced; 6) and the plastic garage opener cover (embedded in the driver-side) shade fell off. With all that said, this car is the money pit and VW has not been responsive because my 70,000 mile vehicle is past the manufacturer's warranty. Further, I have had all recommended services performed. The car is just a junker. Do NOT purchase this car because the maintenance is awful. Go with a Honda."

13 people out of 15 found this review helpful

Excellent for the Price

By on Friday, July 06, 2007

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

"I've owned my 2004 Passat since it came off the lot and am really happy with it's reliability (routine maintenance is a must), style, and high comfort. The only aspect that i'd change is the engine/performance. It's a V6 but only 2.9L. Gas consumption, is not that great either about 20.0 MPG, but for the German engineering it is well worth the price!"

11 people out of 15 found this review helpful

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