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Owners' Reviews

2003 Volkswagen Passat Reviews and Owner Comments

 
2003 Volkswagen Passat
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2003 Volkswagen Passat Owner Reviews (7 reviews)
  • 2003 Volkswagen Passat
    Visitor, Alpharetta, GA, September 14, 2011 10:43
    Have had my 2003 Passat 1.8l wagon for nearly 97,000 miles. Its been one of the nicest cars I've ever driven - especially the reassuring feel on the road - very safe, very stable, very solid, very German. I've had very few issues, but I'm also very religious about maintenance and have a great guy, Sergey at Absolute Auto in Alpharetta, working on it - he's talented and reasonably priced. I'd recommend this car to anyone, especially as opposed to a traditional German luxury car - which I think mine really is!
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  • 2003 Volkswagen Passat
    Jmichael, Mobile, AL, December 09, 2010 11:44
     Enthusiast
    I've owned my 03 Passat, 1.8T for 4 years now. I've had pretty much all the same mechanical problems as everyone else. There is 1 very expensive repair I have to do soon and that's to replace the secondary air pump. VW wants over $800 to do it. I can do it for $350. Ignition coils were covered by a recall as well as the brake light swich. Oil leak is embarrasing when I park in a friends driveway. The only other issue I have with this small engine is turbo-lag and the drive by wire accelerator. I can't rely on a quick burst of speed to get into traffic. Throttle response is very slow. Also, the sealed transimission worries me that I can't monitor the fluid level and condition. Overall I think this is the safest car on the road. My wife was T-Boned on the driver side rear. I didn't know VW put airbags in the seats! Although expensive to repair comfort and safety earn high marks.
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  • 2003 Volkswagen Passat
    sevensunsailor, Grosse Ile, MI, April 06, 2010 06:16
     Enthusiast
    We have had 137,000 pretty much trouble free miles with ours (knocking on wood) Agree with one of the other reviewers about the outrageous cost of service at the dealerships. I wish we were getting better city driving milage as well.
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  • 2003 Volkswagen Passat
    emgdoctor, Dallas, TX, January 14, 2010 12:08
     Rookie
    1st new engine 35,000 miles. Second new engine 70,000 miles. V6 model. An absolutely beautiful lemon.
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  • 2003 Volkswagen Passat
    cdixon2500, Gulfport, MS, September 01, 2009 18:58
     Rookie
    This is a great car, reliable and fun to drive. The only issue is the outrageous cost of service. Nobody knows how to service or repair them except a VW dealership, and they charge a jaw-droppiing amount. I'd be a VW customer forever if I could get reasonable servie costs, but as it is, I'll never buy another.
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  • 2003 Volkswagen Passat
    dazzer, Beverly Hills, CA, November 16, 2008 09:27
     Enthusiast
    Overall, I believe this is a great car for the money. I've had to replace the brakes, ignition coils, cv joints, and rear springs so far. I know that I'll have to replace my timing belt and water pump by spring, but oh well, normal wear and tear.
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  • 2003 Volkswagen Passat
    rankman, Easton, MD, October 14, 2008 12:31
     Enthusiast
    Perhaps I got a lemon, but this car has been trouble since day one.
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