$21,750 - $23,625
Kelly Blue Book® Fair Market Range

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Kelly Blue Book® Fair Market Range
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GL Key Features & Specs

Kelley Blue Book Value®
$21,750 - $23,625
New Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
21-22 City / 30-31 HWY

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Mechanical Features

  • 1.8L DOHC SMPI 20-valve I4 turbocharged engine
  • 5-speed manual transmission w/OD
  • 5-speed automatic transmission w/Tiptronic & OD
  • Clutch/starter interlock
  • Electronic Differential Lock (EDL)
  • Traction control-inc: Anti-slip regulation (ASR)
  • Front wheel drive
  • 90-amp alternator
  • 80 amp/hr battery
  • Digital electronic ignition w/dual knock sensors
  • Front four-link suspension
  • Independent torsion beam axle rear suspension
  • Front/rear coil springs/stabilizer bars
  • Front/rear telescopic gas shock absorbers
  • P195/65HR15 all-season SBR tires
  • Full-size spare tire
  • 15" x 6.0" steel wheels w/full wheel covers
  • Full-size steel spare wheel
  • Pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Pwr 4-wheel disc brakes w/vented front
  • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • 16.4 gallon fuel tank

Exterior Features

  • Roof rails
  • Body-color bumpers w/black lower section
  • Body-color body-side moldings
  • Black grille w/center logo
  • Daytime running lights
  • Body-color pwr heated side mirrors
  • Tinted green glass
  • Gray-tinted upper windshield stripe
  • 2-speed windshield wipers w/variable intermittent wipe feature
  • Rear intermittent wiper/washer
  • Body-color door handles

Interior Features

  • Fully reclining velour front bucket seats w/adjustable headrests, lumbar support
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat-inc: adjustable headrests, center armrest
  • Slidable folding front center armrest w/storage compartment
  • Center console-inc: front/rear ash trays, (2) cup holders
  • Center console-inc: front/rear ash trays, (2) cup holders, (2) pwr outlets
  • Front/rear carpeted floor mats
  • 4-spoke padded tilt steering wheel w/height-adjustable telescopic steering column
  • Theft-deterrent steering column
  • Instrumentation-inc: speedometer, odometer, trip odometer, tachometer, fuel/ temp gauges, warning lights, digital clock, brake wear indicator
  • Headlights-on warning tone
  • Multi-function trip computer-inc: trip time/length, average speed/fuel consumption, outside temp
  • Pwr windows-inc: driver-side 1-touch up/down feature, pinch protection
  • Central pwr locking system-inc: automatic door locks, key-operated window open/close, selective unlocking at driver door
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Cruise control
  • Pwr remote trunk/fuel door releases
  • Audible/visible anti-theft vehicle alarm system for doors/hood/trunk/radio/ starter
  • Immobilizer theft-deterrent system
  • Air conditioning w/dust/pollen filters
  • Rear heating/air conditioning ducts
  • Rear window defroster
  • Premium AM/FM stereo w/cassette/CD player-inc: (8) speakers, CD changer control
  • CD changer preparation-inc: wiring harness, mounting shelf in trunk
  • Illuminated lockable glove box
  • Molded door trim w/velour inserts
  • Integrated armrests in door panels
  • Front door storage pockets w/rubber liners
  • Dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors w/covers
  • Front/rear passenger assist handles
  • Front center dome light w/time delay
  • (2) front/(2) rear reading lights
  • Front seatback storage pockets
  • 12-volt pwr outlet in trunk
  • Fully carpet-lined luggage compartment w/light
  • Sliding luggage compartment cover
  • (4) trunk tie-down hooks

Safety Features

  • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Driver/front passenger airbag supplemental restraint system
  • Driver/front passenger side-impact airbags
  • Side Curtain Protection
  • Front color-keyed 3-point height-adjustable seat belts
  • Rear color-keyed outboard 3-point seat belts
  • Front/rear seat belt emergency tensioning retractors
  • Rear seat interlock
  • Child seat lower attachment points & top tether, rear outboard seating positions (LatCH)
  • Child safety locks on rear doors
  • Internal emergency release trunk handle w/location reflector
  • Traction control-inc: Anti-slip regulation (ASR)
  • Collapsible steering column
  • Anti-intrusion side door beams
  • Daytime running lights
  • Dual-note horn

Options & Packages

2003 Volkswagen Passat Owner Reviews

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2003 Volkswagen Passat Review

2003 Volkswagen Passat GL

The Passat has been a reliable vehicle. The turbo will need replaced around 175,000 miles. Oil changes are a pain and the car takes the special Volkswagen oil. The OEM hood piston does not last long. The gas door lock breaks quickly as well. The OEM trunk latch is also problematic. The passenger side leaks water from the AC evaporation causing the floor/carpet to smell

- Mark M

Stick Shift 2003 VW Passat Review

2003 Volkswagen Passat GL

It's been reliable and has problems but due to it's slight wearing down. It has held up well & is very comfortable. It can get very hot with black leather. It's performance is great and never had any problems. I have had problems with tire pressure and have had to have the clutch replaced. Everything has stayed intact very well and has never once broken down.

- Avery O

Herald, the 2003 Volkswagen Passat

2003 Volkswagen Passat GL

I like the feel of my car when I drive. The height is nice and comfort wise I have no problems. This is my first car that my parents helped pay for and they picked it out for me. This wouldn't have been my first choice but it's a good starter car. The only problems so far are with the oil. It gets clogged easily.

- Caitlin N

Used Volkswagen with a new/ replaced engine

2003 Volkswagen Passat GL

When I purchased my car. I bought it used online. The woman who sold me my car, sold it to me knowing that the motor was blown. I had to spend upwards of $3000 replacing the motor. Since replacing the motor, the car has been working really well with no problems. Speeds up fast. Breaks are good. No leaks.

- Samantha C

The Volkswagen Passat is a great car

2003 Volkswagen Passat GL

Great vehicle. Gets great gas mileage and is very trustworthy. I drive home to every day and the turbocharged engine gives it a extra kick if you like a little speed. I have had no problems out of the motor but I did have to replace the tie rod ends. But other than that great car

- Michael R

Good speed; seat warmers & heat still work.

2003 Volkswagen Passat GL

Not so good gas mileage; driving for an hour would consume roughly about half a tank a gas. It has heated seats, which still work. Car is still in great condition. Takes premium only though, so that is another negative. No good light in the trunk. Other than that, a good car.

- Danielle C

Volkswagen 2008 Passat 78201

2003 Volkswagen Passat GL

Not many problems. Bluetooth set up can be added. Much room if needed. Black leather seats very comfortable. Drives very smooth. Can definitely be depended on to last you more than a few years. May need to be raised to avoid small damage on the highway.

- Nasir J

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