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Volkswagen Passat 2005 and earlier



  • ulurutechulurutech Posts: 6
    Another question is the in-dash CD. A lot of posts have stated that the in-dash CD is not available. All the dealers I've talked to have that as a "dealer option". One dealer told me that I can install the in-dash CD and still add the CD changer too if I want that later on.

    Dealer BS or is the "in-dash CD" they're offering not worth the $$$ I'll pay.

  • pkraddpkradd Posts: 358
    Of course the dealer can add the single CD in dash or changer in trunk. It's just that the 2002 models are supposed to eventually have the in-dash as standard. The dealer can add other items including wood trim (which is somewhat different then the trim that comes standard with the V6), as well as a rear spoiler. No B.S.
  • clscflmclscflm Posts: 71
    carnut1 -- I've seen exactly one Ink Blue 2001.5 in the LA area, which looked *very* elegantly spiffy with the new tail lights and chrome trim. The one that looks really top notch (even to someone who prefers Color -- and avoids trends)is the 2001.5 Silverstone Grey. Unfortunately don't see many 2001.5s at all really (seen one Black, one Pine Green and two hideous Candy Whites). All the 2001s that I see are white, silver and more white. Ick. One glorious Colorado Red I see on my block regularly; would love to see that with the new trim. But really, if Passats are fairly rare in a town where the major form of life is the auto, Passats in Color are all the rarer still. Which is why I can't wait to get mine... Hope you see an Ink Blue. Its sharp.
  • car_nut1car_nut1 Posts: 66
    VWguild you are great. This evening after spending, X # of hours, (I won't tell how many)
    I discovered the elusive "sunvisor extension". It's very much of nothing. What I found is nothing more than a approx. 1 1/2" x 7" strip of beige plastic that folded down above the rear view mirror. Is this it or another treasure hunt?
    I wish you were able to help my dealer search out why my A/C isn't cold enough. Move east.
  • vwguildvwguild Posts: 1,620
    In my experience that is always where the sun pun intended!

    As to moving back East...probably not...grew up in Essex County, spent 9
    years in Virginia at school, and lived for years on Beekman Place. You still get
    snow & stuff back there? If so, I'll guide you all from my little shack on the Beach
    out here...

    Please feel free to email me, and we can talk through the AC issue!!!
  • ulurutechulurutech Posts: 6
    Thanks to all for the great info that is availble here. I was able to go to the dealer and know if I was getting a good deal or not.

    I was able to get a GLX.5 4-motion with the color and interior I wanted for $28,500 (not counting tax and lic) which is actually below invoice. That's pretty rare here in the Northern Cal/Bay area region. It wasn't the ever popular Silver that you see everywheere here but I didn't want that color anyway.

    They were offering the 4-Motion for less than the 2WD loaded GLX. Since I wanted the 4-Motion anyway....

    Thanks everyone for your input and advice. I love my car!! Now to go out and buy the add on toys...

  • tvmomtvmom Posts: 12
    (Posted this on the "Smart Shopper" board, but maybe I'll get more response here.........

    I obviously have a few questions:
    1. On June 25 in Phila. suburb, purchased 2001.5 GLX Auto Passat, blue silver, black leather(beauty!). Total cost with tax, etc: $26,829.74. This was with $700 over invoice of $28,004, trade-in of '94 Ford Explorer XLT 4wd (86,200+ miles)of $3,500 (it needed some mechanical work). Good deal? Honest invoice price?

    2. Should I purchase an extended warrantee through VW or elsewhere-- via the internet?

    3. Should I have the 6 cd changer installed by VW or go elsewhere?

    Any opinions or personal experiences welcome!
    PS...I absolutely LOVE my car and hope to drive it for MANY years! After 30 years of driving wagons, vans & suv's...I feel like I'm REALLY driving now!! :)
  • matt00matt00 Posts: 32
    Yesterday, VW annonced that starting this sales month all 2002 VW's will come with a 4yr 50,000 mile warranty. Below is the news artical...

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich., July 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Volkswagen of America, Inc. announced a new vehicle warranty available on all 2002 Volkswagen models that begin arriving at U.S. dealerships this month and throughout the summer and fall. Volkswagen said it based its new warranty for the 2002 model year on customer research and feedback, creating a more optimal warranty focused on providing even better comprehensive coverage for today's Volkswagen customer.

    For the 2002 model year, all new Volkswagen vehicles will come standard with an increased four-year/50,000 mile (whichever occurs first) bumper-to- bumper warranty, up from two years/24,000 miles. The warranty covers wear- and-tear items and adjustments during the initial 12 months or 12,000 miles of ownership.

    In addition, Volkswagen will offer a fully transferable limited powertrain warranty that covers five years or 60,000 miles (previously 10 years/100,000 miles, but transferable only from the original retail owner to a family member).

    ``Volkswagen's previous Protection Plus Warranty, which was the first of its kind in the industry when we launched it some six years ago, has offered many customers benefits -- especially to those owners who plan to own a Volkswagen for many years to come,'' said Frank Maguire, vice president in charge of sales and marketing. ``We want to be responsive to our customers and research tells us the new 4/50 offers what today's buyer expects from a premium warranty. It reflects our commitment to meeting the evolving preferences of our customers.''

    Volkswagen's new warranty plan also includes the added security of a four- year/50,000 mile, 24-hour roadside assistance program (increased from 2001's two-year term).

    Exceptional corrosion perforation coverage remains 12 years with no mileage limit for all fully-galvanized Volkswagen vehicles (Cabrio covered for six years, Eurovan for eight years.)

    Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Volkswagen AG. As America's top-selling European brand, Volkswagen markets a full line of vehicles through a network of some 600 dealers in the United States.

    SOURCE: Volkswagen of America, Inc.
  • ferris11ferris11 Posts: 8

    I am in the Air Force and will be moving to Europe in a few months. I am definitely going to buy a VW Passat. If I take a new VW to Europe, I've heard rumor that US warranties are not valid in this true? I've been in contact with Volvo and if I bring a US spec car to Europe the warranty will be 12mos/Unlimited miles, but when I return, the original warranty is in effect. Does anybody know about this for VW. Thank you very much.
  • jrct9454jrct9454 Posts: 2,363
    I'm 99% sure that your US warranty will NOT be honored in EU, where only the EU warranty applies, whatever that is at the moment. As far as I know, no EU manufacturer who sells in the US will honor a US warranty anywhere but North America...nothing unique about VW here.

    If the car was purchased here, then yes, upon your return, whatever time and mileage are left on the North American warranty would presumably still apply...again, Guild or some other insider should confirm this for you, but that is my understanding.
  • ferris11ferris11 Posts: 8

    Thank you very much. I appreciate your help...your post confirms my beliefs. Does anybody know the mos/miles for the EU warranty if I bring a US spec, new Passat to Europe?
    Guild, do you know? Thanks.
  • Thanks for posting VW's intention to extend their warranty for their 2002 vehicles. I read several posting regarding the reliability of the Passant at 5K,10K,15K etc. My driving distance per year averages 35K miles. Is their any road warriors out there that can attest to the 1.8T GLS stamina over 50K miles. Your responses are critical to making a decision regarding the purchase of this vehicle.
    Happy trails.
  • For those curious about the Ink Blue Passat, I saw one yesterday on a dealer lot and it's probably the most striking of all the colors -- extremely stylish, to the point where I'm now reconsidering my black or blue anthracite first choices. The swatch looked interesting in the brochure but it really has to be seen on the car to appreciate just how striking it is. Anyone shopping that's not afraid of bold color should consider it.

    Questions: 1. I'm currently shopping for an auto 1.8T with leather. I've been told by several dealers that while it's near impossible to find a base model, it's completely impossible to find leather w/out the luxury package, short of a special order. I strolled through a dealer's off-premises "backlot" yesterday and of the 40 or Passats, every one had the lux package, so maybe this is not just a ruse to get another $1,300 or so out of me. Thoughts?

    2. Any 1.8T owners find the engine underpowered? With passengers/full trunk?

    3. Anyone ever seen a Fresco Green? I think that's the most obscure color.

    Comments: The Blue Silver, which also seems rare, is quite nice as well.

    Was checking out the interior in the Jetta vs. Passat. Interestingly, the beige, which simply does not work in the Passat IMHO, works quite well in the Jetta. We traced it to the fact that in the Jetta, the black from the dash extends further into the center console and shiftbox, to the point where I would personally consider beige interior in the Jetta.
  • cliffybcliffyb Posts: 114
    That was a great deal on your your 4motion. That car is definetly top drawer!
  • clscflmclscflm Posts: 71
    Good news for VW on their annual surge of Passat sales, but does that mean 2002s will be pricier? I think vwguild (or someone else as well informed) suggested some posts back to an earlier query of mine (on Smart Shopper) that there was no info on price increase, but I'm wondering...Is 1-2% still possible? Re colors: I think I saw a Blue Anthracite 2001.5 yesterday and wow. VW offers some great color options and does more with silver/blue than anyone I've seen. More people should try the variety instead of all those boring whites. Everyone continues trashing the beige leather interior, but has anyone seen the combo with Colorado Red? Opinions? Should I ask? And finally -- is this a good weekend to venture to a dealer? I'm using Priceline for purchasing, but I want to test drive and look at those colors up close.
  • bimmer4mebimmer4me Posts: 266
    It's about I may consider a VW after all.
  • vwguildvwguild Posts: 1,620
    No price increase on 02 Passat, even with new CD...No info on the rest of
    the carline....

    Ferris...You've got mail...
  • tvmomtvmom Posts: 12
    The Colorado Red and the Indigo Blue with "beige" leather look gorgeous and VERY RICH! As others have said, the beige is more of a butter color--luscious! If I didin't have children, I would have gotten a beige leather combo, but since the carpet is beige too---well, enough said! But I absolutely LOVE my Silver Blue with black leather! Only problem...the fabric parts are very atractive to lint or light fabric fuzz (I'll live!).
  • tvmomtvmom Posts: 12
    I'm trying this again, since no previous response---Am I better off getting an extended warranty through VW or going elsewhere?
    --Better to get 6 CD changer bought & installed by VW or "after market"?
    Someone with experience, please comment/advise.
  • car_nut1car_nut1 Posts: 66
    for your offer to assist. GLX goes to dealer tomorrow at 8am for a full day of A/C tests. The dealership has been very helpful; they even gave me a loaner for 17 days between my 1st and 2nd GLX. I recall you thought they should have been more careful about removing the covers on the shocks during prep. It's hard to be annoyed with them, I feel they go out of their way to be fair, but service area isn't very competent. Only a VW dealer for 3 years.
  • tellerteller Posts: 14
    I like everything about the 2001.5 Passat, with 2 exceptions-unavailability of Xenon headlamps or Electronic Stability Control (both $500 options in the A4). Is there any discussion of either of these being Passat options in 2002?
  • paulflanpaulflan Posts: 2
    My Alarm goes off randomly (usually at night-inconveniently!) for no apparent problem - not due to interference or wind - I brought the Car from the US to Ireland last year. My local VW dealer doesn't deal with alarms, sub-contracting the work to an alarm shop. However the alarm shop is reluctant to look at it as it's not one he has installed and moreover it's factory fitted. Does anyone have any ideas on what's causing this and how to fix, before my neighbors kill me ?
  • telainetelaine Posts: 29
    I'll try the Goo Gone and see what happens on the walnut trim. I'll look for my extension about the rear-view mirror. Is it possible that I really don't have one? I'm usually pretty good at seeing these things.
  • pkraddpkradd Posts: 358
    Found the extension. It's in the overhead control "module" against the front windshield for the sunroof/interior light on my 2001.5 GLS. It folds down to about an inch to cover the area above the rearview mirror.
  • ferris11ferris11 Posts: 8
    Thanks alot for the help. I'll definitely be getting the 02 now and will enjoy it for 2 yrs in Europe. Thanks for the suggestions.
  • ferris11ferris11 Posts: 8

    I had the exact same thing happen on a new Dodge 3 years ago. The alarm would go off at night on a random basis (home, hotels, etc). Anyway, the dealer tightened the hood latch bolts, which pulled the hood down tight. That fixed the repeats in 3 yrs. I don't know if this applies to the VW, but good luck.
  • mtwallacemtwallace Posts: 28
    I'm no expert, but I'll try to help. Regarding extended warranty, the general consensus is to make sure you get VW Masterguard, only available through VW (see post 1307). There SEEM to be several other reputable companies that offer legitimate extended warranties, but I don't think I would stray from Masterguard unless I was saving a SIGNIFICANT amount of money. Go to the Finance, Warranty and Insurance message board and read through some of the topics there to get more information about these other companies.

    CD Changer - I got the one installed by the dealer. It was pretty expensive, but works very nicely and I'm happy with it. My dad got one from a "big box" electronics store for a little less money, but he wasn't totally happy with the result. I felt like I had gotten a good enough deal on the price of the car to "splurge" for the CD changer.

    Good luck!
  • clscflmclscflm Posts: 71
    tvmom -- thanks for being the loan voice in the wilderness who appreciates the Colorado Red/beige combo! After years of dull grey or blue clothe interiors I need something different and plan to get it... I'll enjoy it for you!
  • chadanachadana Posts: 2
    Does the monsoon system come with the upgraded speakers that I see in the VW catalogue, or the standard speakers in every other VW car?
  • pkraddpkradd Posts: 358
    Monsoon comes (are) the upgraded speakers.
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