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2003 Volkswagen Passat

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Information shown for entry-level Sedan.

Fuel Economy:
City 19/Hwy 28/Comb 22 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: 4-Cyl, Turbo, 1.8 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: Germany Country of Assembly: Germany

2003 Volkswagen Passat Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.5
Out of 10

Based on 811 Ratings for the 2002 - 2005 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    7.8/10
    Quality
    7.9/10
  • Reliability
    7.5/10
    Performance
    8.2/10
  • Comfort
    8.4/10
    Styling
    8.4/10

Once everything replaced good sporty wagon

By on Sunday, December 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 102,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Fun to drive"

Cons: "Maintenance costs down after replacing everything."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"Still looks good 12 years later. Engine powerful, AWD and manual tranny....good Family Truckster with serious sporting attitude. Transmission: first gear of six speed is mostly ornamental. Engine has plenty of torque and power. Comfortable front seats, roomy rear. And as much useable cargo space as Honda Pilot. Just lower...this is a sport wagon, not SUV. I DETEST SUVs! Owned car since new...biggest problem experienced is engine and brake sensors. Second biggest problem is VW service. For routine stuff I take it to reliable high quality local repair shop. Major stuff I entrust to local Audi dealer service manager because the W8 is essentially a B5 platform and systems save for the melding of two narrow angle V4s that make it a W8. The Bugatti Veyron is double the W8 plus quad turbos. Longest I've ever owned a car. Purchased because Audi's are rip-offs. Many comfortable journeys to NH, NC, SC, DC, and FL. LAacks entertainment system but now with cell phones and a personal hotspot not necessary. Resale: 12 years on it's 1/9th purchase price despite spending spending the purchase price again replacing nearly everything but engine, tranny, and clutch. Car is great now, of course."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

BEST CAR I EVER OWNED

By on Monday, December 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 200,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great ride, handling, overall quality"

Cons: "Suspicion these days about VW diesels."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have put 200000 miles on this wagon TDI with only minor repairs - brakes only once, motor mounts once. It keeps going and going and going at 37mpg each tank. It is a wonderful road car, heavy with a really solid ride. Leather seats are not torn at 200000 miles either."

Driving dynamics are great, but unreliable...

By on Friday, October 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 154,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Style, driving dynamics, comfort"

Cons: "Rapid depreciation, reliability, quality"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Car is an 03 Passat GLX V6 fwd 5sp manual sedan. This car is fun to drive, and has all the great comfort and convenience features in a premium VW. Going from this car, to a comparable Honda Accord of the same model year, you learn to appreciate the VW's build quality, until... You have to pay for the near continual, costly maintenance. The only way this car could be an ok purchase, would be if you owned a lift, and were quite handy with a wrench, with emphasis on VW/Audi knowledge. The Passat practically requires OEM dealer VW parts, as it will break otherwise. The cost of parts alone is staggering. And it needs parts often. Do not purchase any VW, and I do mean any... that has anything approaching 90,000 miles or more, no matter what the discounted price. After 100k, the car will continually break down. Avoid the automatic transmission-equipped cars at all cost. Ours is a manual, yet it won't stop us from getting rid of it."

17 people out of 19 found this review helpful

basically a good car, no serious problems

By on Saturday, August 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 165,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "this car handles very well, very comfortable"

Cons: "it is 12 years old, after all."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"This car, light green, AWD V6,sunroof - had a new engine installed at about 105,000 miles. It has been used in the country (Nevada City, CA) all it's life; a lot of driving on dirt roads. As far as I know there are no mechanical problems with the car.new tires. What's wrong with it: It need a new outside temperature sensor It has a few minor dings and abrasions, nothing serious or requiring body work. Occasionally the check engine light comes on, but it's off now The ABS and brake warning light is on now...I am told by a trustworthy mechanic that it's most likely a loose wire, probably near the rear wheels, brakes work fine. There is some wear and tear on the driver's seat; otherwise the interior is fine, everything works as it should."

11 people out of 21 found this review helpful

An awesome rig

By on Tuesday, August 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 243,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Drives like a sports car"

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My Passat 2.0 Liter diesel gets over 50mpg at 60 mph. It is very crucial that you buy synthetic German oil that meets all the vw specs. this will avoid engine sludge buildup my vw has over 243,000 miles and still looks and runs like new."

5 people out of 8 found this review helpful

solid dependable

By on Thursday, July 30, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: bought 2013 jetta sportwagen

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "5 speed manual 28mpg never lower. always runs"

Cons: "192000 turbo giving out. few things broke c review"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Drove for 5 years. 4cyl 1.8 turbo always gets min 28 mpg "sipper" Always starts and runs great. Think it was the turbo starting to go cause would sputter sometime when gunning it and turbo wouldn't kick in. That started this year. Sunroof some how messed up so its got 3 little pieces of duct tape so it doesn't fly up at fast speeds but never leaked. trunk latch doesn't latch but no one knows it except people I love. Heated seat passenger side doesn't work, but my side does :0) Love that it run all the time so I just got a 2013"

7 people out of 10 found this review helpful

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