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2003 Volkswagen Passat Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Owner Pros and Cons by biontsang

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Reviewed: 2003 Volkswagen Passat

4dr Sedan turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Why the 2003 Volkswagen Passat?

Exterior styling

The exterior lines of the Passat B5 are perfectly proportioned, making it timeless, elegant and swank.

Interior styling

The interior is upscale and a model of European efficiency.

Powertrain performance

The 1.8T is an amazing little engine, capable of almost 100 hp/liter with an average of 20city/32hwy mpg. The best kept secret is the ability to "upchip" the engine to 214 hp and 247 lb-ft while maintaining the same fuel efficiency, all for under $1K.

Reliability & durability

I bought two Passats at the same time. Both proved equally reliable without any major repairs.

Dealer practices

The VW dealership gives me a new loaner car when I bring in my vehicle for maintenance or repairs.

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