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2004 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

2004 Volkswagen Passat Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.5
Out of 10

Based on 805 Ratings for the 2001 - 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

better than my fears

By on Saturday, June 27, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: It was totaled in a wreck (not my fault!)

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "acceleration, handling, four-wheel drive, comfort"

Cons: "price of repairs, low splash shield/bottom"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"I bought a 2004 Passat sedan, with four-wheel drive and fuel-injection system, in 2013; it was going to be a car only for short distances/local errands, as I took public transportation otherwise and had another family car for longer trips. I had read that the Passat had some reliability problems, that the mid-2000s were bad years for the model, but it was such a good low-mileage deal that I took a chance. I got a great buy. This car handled incredibly well, with great acceleration on, say, highway entrance ramps, and a tight feel on the road. The interior made sense; the braking was excellent. As another review here stated, it really does have a low shield; mine was really a mess and I hadn't realized. Perhaps that's expected of an older car, but often I felt that low floor on roads. I did have trouble with a brake warning light that I couldn't seem to get fixed, and I did have to replace a secondary air pump; again, that's the sort of thing one would expect, but the prices for any replacement parts are very high. I also could've wished for better gas mileage considering the car needs premium fuel. All that said, I would've driven this car another three years, probably, had it not been totaled. But the good news there is that the airbags deployed and likely saved me big injury, as I was rammed full speed from behind when stopped at a line of cars on an exit ramp, pushing my car into the next. I had only minor injuries, and authorities on the scene kept saying how well the car held up and protected me. So while I've noted problems, I'd say that the bad reviews I had read were WAY off target, in my experience. I liked this car."

7 people out of 10 found this review helpful

ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS TOOK a YEAR TO SOLVE

By on Wednesday, June 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 108,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

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

"I thought really highly of my Passat wagon 2003//standard shift... until it suddenly wouldn't start one day. For about 8 months I never knew if I'd be stranded or need to go without car for a few days. Brought to VW dealership time and time again... a few tows, a number of "I'll leave it with you"... and it always started at the dealership. Finally a VW expert came through town and diagnosed the electrical problem quickly. I'll never buy a VW again even though I like how it drives, solid, comfortable--everything fine unless undiagnosed electronics leave you stranded in awkward parking lots--and you have to walk home or call for a ride."

5 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Great car -- size, performance, mpg, reliability

By on Wednesday, May 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 92,500

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
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "reliability, performance, economy, design"

Cons: "rear legroom for tall teenage boys"

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

"I purchased my Passat new and have loved it since day 1. It handles like a sports sedan should: corners well, yet smooths out the bumps on the open road. It *feels* solid -- more so than many euro/import and econo cars I have driven, yet it doesn't feel big and bulky like most American sedans do. The design -- inside and out -- is simple, refined and comfortable. Tasteful, but not too flashy. The TDi (turbo diesel injection) engine is a great blend of performance, reliability and economy. This car has held up well, and my only regret is that it's starting to feel a little bit small for my family of 5 as the kids are entering teenage years... but I just can't give it up!"

6 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Solid car

By on Saturday, May 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 133,000

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

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"They don't build 'em like they used to. This car is an Audi A6 with a VW badge. Made in Germany, not Mexico. The 30 Valve 2.8L engine is one of the best, if not the best engine ever put in a VW. I love my 2002. I would buy a new car, but why? You can't find german built quality like this unless you spend $100,000. I'll keep this car until it dies, which will be a long time coming."

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Quite simply the best car in the snow, period.

By on Monday, April 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 185,000

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
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

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

"We've had this car for over 12 years now. By far the longest we've ever owned a car. The bad....yep it's expensive to have worked on so find a good non dealer mechanic. The leather is low grade and has completely turned to junk in our vehicle. A lot of the interior stuff like door handles, glove box, trim, etc. has broken, some heat and air issues. The good....This car simply kicks butt in the snow and ice. I can't tell you how many SUV's and all wheel drives I've passed over the years turned over and in ditches. I would still take this car over any other (with good tires) in inclement weather. It's a very solid feeling vehicle with an excellant little V6 and transmission. We've never had any issues whatsover with the drive train, pretty good mileage too. I would say if you live in a snowy climate pick up one of these 4Motions for piece of mind!"

8 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Love this car!

By on Tuesday, March 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 105,000

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
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, sporty, good cargo space"

Cons: "sometimes parts are expensive."

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

"I bought my 2004 VW Passat Wagon brand new and I love it! I have the 5-speed manual and I love how sporty it is, yet can haul a lot of cargo. I have had very few problems with this car, it has been completely reliable even after 105K miles, and I expect it to be around for another 11 years at least. It handles really well, and the German engineering is top-notch. I would absolutely buy this car again, and will likely get the newest version when I eventually say goodbye to my '04 baby."

11 people out of 17 found this review helpful

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