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GLS Key Features & Specs

$21,750 - $27,875
Crash Test Rating
Not Tested
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
18-22 City / 26-31 HWY

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Mechanical Features

  • 2.8L DOHC SMPI 30-valve V6 engine w/variable valve timing, variable intake geometry
  • 1.8L DOHC SMPI 20-valve I4 turbocharged engine
  • 5-speed manual transmission w/OD
  • 5-speed electronically controlled adaptive dual mode automatic transmission w/Tiptronic
  • Front wheel drive
  • All wheel drive
  • Traction control
  • Electronic differential lock
  • Automatic slip reduction
  • 90 amp alternator
  • Digital electronic ignition w/dual knock sensors
  • Front 4-link suspension w/independent struts
  • Independent torsion beam axle rear suspension
  • Front/rear coil springs/stabilizer bars
  • Front/rear telescopic shock absorbers
  • P195/65HR15 all-season tires
  • Full size spare tire
  • (5) 15" x 6.0" steel wheels w/full wheel covers
  • Pwr-assist rack & pinion steering
  • Pwr-assist 4-wheel disc brakes w/vented front
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • TLEV (Transitional Low Emission Vehicle) compliance

Exterior Features

  • Body-color bumpers w/black lower section
  • Color-keyed integrated body-side moldings
  • Black 4-bar grille
  • Euro-style halogen headlights w/polycarbonate lenses
  • Daytime running lights
  • Integrated front fog lamps
  • Dual body-color pwr exterior heated mirrors
  • Tinted glass
  • Gray-tinted upper windshield stripe
  • 2-speed interval windshield wipers w/variable intermittent wipe feature
  • Body-color door handles

Interior Features

  • Fully reclining "Format" velour front bucket seats w/driver/passenger height adjustment, adjustable headrests, lumbar adjustment
  • 60/40 split folding lockable rear seat-inc: headrests, center armrest
  • Rear seat pass-through
  • Folding front center armrest w/storage compartment
  • Center console-inc: front rubber lining, rear ashtray, (2) front/(2) rear concealed beverage holders
  • Front/rear carpeted floor mats
  • 4-spoke padded tilt steering wheel w/height-adjustable steering column
  • Instrumentation-inc: speedometer, odometer, trip odometer, tachometer, fuel/ temp gauges, low washer fluid warning light
  • Headlights-on warning tone
  • Multi-function trip computer-inc: trip time/length/average fuel consumption, outside temp, engine oil temp
  • Elect remote trunk/fuel door releases
  • Electro-mechanical central pwr locking system-inc: key-operated window opening/closing, selective unlocking at driver door
  • Remote entry transmitter w/folding key
  • Pwr windows-inc: one-touch-up/down feature, pinch protection
  • Cruise control
  • Anti-theft vehicle alarm system
  • Rear heating/air cond ducts
  • Air conditioning
  • Dust/pollen filters
  • Electric rear window defroster
  • Premium AM/FM stereo radio w/cassette-inc: anti-theft coding, CD changer prep
  • Illuminated front ashtray
  • Digital clock
  • Molded door trim w/cloth inserts
  • Front door storage pockets w/rubber liners
  • Dual illuminated covered visor vanity mirrors w/covers
  • Front/rear passenger assist handles w/rear coat hooks
  • Front center dome light w/time delay, dual front integrated reading lights
  • 2 rear reading lights
  • Genuine wood shift knob
  • Front seatback storage pockets
  • Trunk mounted 12V pwr outlet
  • Sliding luggage compartment cover
  • Inner trunk lid handle
  • 4 trunk tie-down hooks

Safety Features

  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Driver & front passenger airbag supplemental restraint system
  • Front seat-mounted side airbag supplemental restraint system
  • Front seat belt emergency tensioning retractors
  • Front color-keyed 3-point height adjustable seatbelts
  • Automatic locking 3-point height adjustable rear seatbelts
  • Child safety locks on rear doors
  • Traction control
  • Automatic slip reduction
  • Collapsible steering column
  • Anti-intrusion side door beams
  • Daytime running lights
  • Dual tone horn

2001 Volkswagen Passat Owner Reviews

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The Best Volkswagen I Ever Had!

2001 Volkswagen Passat GLS

My car is super reliable, and is great on gas. The air conditioner hasn't gone out, and the heater works wonderfully, especially because I live in a mountain filled area. The manual reclining for the two front seats is mildly inconvenient, but I don't mind it much at all! I replaced the radio in my car, but the speakers still function relatively well, though they lack bass and depth.

- Chandler M

Not Bad But Not Good or Great.

2001 Volkswagen Passat GLS

This vehicle tends to break down a lot and gets horrible gas mileage for how small the car is. It is nice and comfortable but not worth the amount of times I have had to take it into the shop. It has black leather features and a radio with a CD thing. And for some reason it can only take the 'premium' fuel which is extremely annoying.

- Lauren S

Economical & compact sedan great for young ones!

2001 Volkswagen Passat GLS

Economical, 4 door sedan with moonroof. Handles road well. Reliable on long distance travel. Great for beginner drivers, business professionals, or just to get around. Tranny has no dipstick, slight inconvenience. Important to keep regular maintenance . Compact car that is overall a great choice!

- Kathleen K

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