Based on 764 Ratings for the 2001 - 2005 models.Review this car
By passy on Thursday, March 06, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 174,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "rain sensing wipers"
Cons: "cup holders are sort of small"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"heated seats are the best in any car i've had. great options like power folding mirrors and key operated windows from the outside make this car fun to play with.."
By mike on Friday, February 07, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 110,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "comfort and performance"
Cons: "car will need repair maintenance"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"Great car. Drives great. Has smooth ride and lots of power."
1 person out of 2 found this review helpful
By Mike on Friday, February 07, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 160,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "I find the VW TDI Wagon fun to drive, safe feeling"
Cons: "Mirrors are wierd - hard to back up sometimes."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Bought my TDI Wagon in VA...not sold in NYS then. Have had an accident on a blind curve in IND but no problems since. Dealers in VA were basically good and fair. Since I moved back to NYS I have had no problems. Did replace the rear hatch switch in the driver door...had the a/c compressor go out at 53,000, but VW went halves on replacement. Tires last 30-40,000 using Conti's, Kelly, Pirelli and Goodyears. Continue to get 40+ mileage on Green Diesel w/ additives - no gelling, I would recommend my TDI Passat Wagon to anyone with 20,000 mile/ year needs."
7 people out of 10 found this review helpful
By JM Cora on Saturday, January 25, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,750overall rating 7 of 10rating details
Pros: "V6 Engine Power"
Cons: "Expensive Repairs/Maintenance"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5
"I own an E46 M3 and this Passat is the little engine that could of the M3. Driving in tiptronic mode is a blast and the car will reward you with precision inputs. It is quite expensive to maintain. It's reliability is average, and that's quite disappointing given that my '02 Passat GLX was built in Germany."
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful
By Jim on Monday, January 20, 2014
I owned and sold this car
Reason: Constantly in need of dealer service
Pros: "Handled well"
Cons: "Unreliable, turbo lag , unreliable, $$$"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"Torn CV joint boots - $900 Two emission repairs - $1,700 Bad engine cam chain - $1,500 Timing belt and water pump - $1,300 Quit when dealer said I had leaking hydraulic engine mounts, leaking rear differential and needed portions of the exhaust replaced Car was kept in a garage each evening and had all dealer recommended synthetic oil changes to avoid sludge problem and also had dealer tune up and other recommended maintenance."