2003 Volkswagen Passat Reviews - Page 5 of 14

2003 Volkswagen Passat Highline TDi 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.9 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 miles
Most recent distance105000 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz C-Class

Summary:

Very comfortable car on country and motorway roads, with a powerful engine

Faults:

Front headlight bulb blew. It actually exploded. Cost me 6 euro to buy a new one and 30 minutes to fit.

Car has a full service history with nothing major reported.

General Comments:

The engine in my Passat is the 130BHP one. It took me months to find the right engine, as I really wanted the 130BHP one. After viewing nearly a dozen cars for sale advertised as 130BHP, I soon realised after a quick test drive that they were not the 130BHP. Look at the tag in the boot for the KW of the engine is a dead give away. 98KW is the 130BHP version.

I'm 6'3", so I really needed a car with leg and head room. This car has plenty of it. The steering wheel is fully adjustable so it can move towards my chest unlike most cars, which only let you move the steering wheel up and down. Seats are fully adjustable and very comfortable.

Road noise is minimal and there is no wind noise. The car is very quick, but is in no way a sports car. It will roll to the left or right in corners, but it's not too severe. The suspension soaks up the bumps in the road, and the solid feel to the cars chassis makes for a very comfortable drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st January, 2009

11th Apr 2011, 06:42

I agree, I have a 2004 Passat Highline, and it is a wonderful car, very quiet diesel engine.

I would recommend them. Very good car.

2003 Volkswagen Passat Sedan 1.8L turbo from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.8L turbo Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired20 miles
Most recent distance108000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Malibu

Summary:

A beautiful car, but scary to own

Faults:

My vehicle has had several maintenance problems, but mostly they have been part of recalls. Only once, at about 60,000 miles, did I have to pay out of pocket ($700) to have the fuel injection pump replaced, but a couple weeks later I received the recall paperwork for that specific part and was reimbursed for the out of pocket expense.

At about 85,000 miles I had to take the car to the dealership for another recall. They put me in a rental car and fixed the recall problem at no cost to me.

Now at 108,000 miles I have to pay $4,200 out of pocket to fix the engine block. This is the most I have ever had to pay for this car.

I like the car, but I am scared that it will cost me more in long run. Other than minor wear and tear, and parts that have needed replacing, this car has been good to me.

General Comments:

I love the outer structure of the vehicle. The interior is beautiful. I have the gray leather seats, and a lot of trunk space. My favorite thing is the neon blue light.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th October, 2008

2003 Volkswagen Passat TDI Sport (130) 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.9 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Most recent distance99 miles
Previous carFord Mondeo

Summary:

TDI rocket madness

Faults:

Water pump.

Outside trim.

ABS sensor.

General Comments:

Purchased the car in late 2007. The previous owner had treated the car quite badly, however the car was cheap (late 2003 model, £4500).

After a full service and some niggly parts fixed, the car has been excellent on a run. You will get a realistic 50+ MPG if driving between 70-80 mph.

In town it is also excellent on fuel. Overall it's a really well put together car, let down by poor handling on the local country lanes. I am just about to try and sort this out by fitting a sports suspension kit; hopefully it will not ruin the ride too much on the motorway. I will update this ASAP and let you know how it goes.

The TDI Sport is the best Passat I have driven. I also tried the 1.8T & the 2.5 TDI, both of which I was not overly impressed with.

If you are in the market for a TDI Sport, I would suggest buying as cheap as you can, and have some money set aside for the servicing & replacement parts you will no doubt need.

You will be amazed at the lack of turbo lag and just how fast this model is in a straight line; you can have a lot of fun.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd September, 2008

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 43 reviews