2003 Volkswagen Passat

Up to 22 MPG city / 31 MPG hwy
$21,750 - $38,700

The 2003 Passat is a 4-door, 5-passenger family sedan, luxury sedan, luxury sports sedan, wagon, or luxury wagon, available in 10 trims, ranging from the GL Sedan to the W8 Wagon. The 2003 Passat's closest competitors include the Audi A4, the Mazda MAZDASPEED Protegé (2003.5), and the Volvo XC70.

Upon introduction, the GL Sedan is equipped with a standard 1.8-liter, I4, 170-horsepower, turbo engine that achieves 22-mpg in the city and 31-mpg on the highway. A 5-speed manual transmission with overdrive is standard, and a 5-speed automatic transmission with overdrive is optional. The W8 Wagon is equipped with a standard 4.0-liter, W8, 270-horsepower engine that achieves 18-mpg in the city and 25-mpg on the highway. A 5-speed automatic transmission with overdrive is standard, and a 6-speed manual transmission with overdrive is optional.

The 2003 Passat is a carryover from 2002.
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Reviews and Ratings
Overall Rating
Pros Cons
General comfort, simplicity of everything. we generally love it. Difficult to get in & out of driver / passenger side doors. design error
Mileage - by far exceeded suggested mileage - 44 mpg Side and rear visibility especially at night
Steering & handling is incredible. i love the way it corners No led tail lights or hid head lights
The v-6 engine - powerful when needed. Driver's seat seat adjustment towards front - not adjustable
Not a noisy diesel which starts in very cold weather Could not get a standard shift with sunroof
Leg room for passengers in rear Sun roof sounds like a tornado when open
Push button start - love not having to find my keys. Transmission kicks into forward when engine is cold
Electronics, especially touch display panel Non linear throttle response when backing up
The driving range between fuel-ups is great Slow response of engine during acceleration & in traffic
Lots of space everywhere: seats, trunk,boxes,etc. 2.5 l engine is way underpowered for this car.