2002 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8T from North America


Avoid at all costs


2 of 4 ignition coils have blown. We play Russian roulette every time we start the car with the remaining two coils, hoping it will run properly. VW says that you can still drive the car, but the engine barely idles, never mind climb a hill.

The driver door cable snapped, keeping the door from latching shut. My wife had to drive to the dealer holding her door shut. Dealer was great, though.

The tires were completely shot at 30,000 miles of highway driving.

We have replaced two headlights in less than two years, which the dealer has to replace because you can't get to them easily. (The owner's manual doesn't even tell you how, it just says "See your dealer.").

Both key fobs are useless. One doesn't work anymore, and the key ring part broke off of the other one. We have to unlock the car by hand. Unfortunately, there is only a keyhole on the driver's side door, so you can't unlock the car from the passengers side.

The LED on the drivers side door that flashes when the alarm is set now just stays on, all day and all night.

Rolling down only one of the rear windows results in a deafening resonance on the wagons. Try this one during a test drive.

General Comments:

Great performance, fun to drive. Decent mileage as well.

This car has made me appreciate how much reliability matters. Toyota and Honda (and Lexus and Acura) are now the only two car companies in the world that I would consider buying from.

I am afraid VW is killing its future chances of success in North America. I know myself and plenty of other twenty and thirty-somethings will never buy a VW again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 15th April, 2003

2002 Volkswagen Passat W8 4Motion 4.0 W8 32 Valve petrol from UK and Ireland


A stunning car and it's a Passat!!


New rear nearside shock absorber fitted at 3200 miles.

Two annoying rattles in dashboard, yet to be fixed.

Awaiting fitting of new front nearside shock absorber.

Intermittent sound on TV, now rectified.

General Comments:

Exhilarating performance!

Great to be different, only 300 to be imported to the UK.

Interior is well appointed, a feeling of comfort and security is felt.

Vast improvement in road holding over previous V6 Passat.

Fantastic value for money.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 14th April, 2003

2002 Volkswagen Passat V5 2.2 from Australia and New Zealand


An Audi for 30% less cost


Annoying rattle from the passenger door release handle (when you push it in it stops).

Rear seat needed a new release mechanism.

Massive amount of break dust from the front brakes - makes for constantly dirty alloys (and they look so cool when they are clean).

Squeaking front brakes. Fixed by the dealer.

General Comments:

I've had the car just over 3 months and love it. Aside from the small faults above (2 trips to the dealer, total time 1 hour), the Passat is a class act.

Driving comfort is superb. Quality build and fittings. Great stereo (factory fitted) and climate air systems. Far more room than the Audi A4 in the back. Cavernous boot (trunk).

Good on gas (helps being a V5). Great grunt on passing other vehicles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th March, 2003

6th Mar 2006, 12:40

I own a V5 Passat (auto, admittedly) and my main criticism - shared by others - is that it lacks grunt. Overtaking is sometimes plain too dangerous to be attempted. Maybe the new Passat is better, especially the V6. Agree on superb build quality and everything else, but my, is it slow...

19th Nov 2006, 18:43

Hey there.

I'm a Dane who is about to purchase a 2001 Passat V5 170hp with 60000km mileage. Is there anything I have to be aware of?

The car is running a bit unstable in the low rpm's.

Am I to worry?


4th Dec 2006, 22:02


For a passat 2002 V5, what is the HP for it, is it 150HP or 170HP, and is the 1.8T better?

Thank you.