2003 Volkswagen Passat - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Common problems of the 2003 Volkswagen Passat

791 problems have been reported for the 2003 Volkswagen Passat.
The following chart shows the 25 most common problems for 2003 Volkswagen Passat.
The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling
with 149 problems.
The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's fuel system, gasoline
(137 problems).

Table 1. Common problems of the 2003 Volkswagen Passat

In our research we use the PPMY index to compare the reliability of vehicles. The PPMY index of a certain model is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. The total sales of the 2003 Volkswagen Passat in the United States are 105,137 units [1]. If the total number of problems reported by Volkswagen Passat owners in the last 15 years is 791, and the age of the vehicle is 15, the PPMY index can then be calculated as

The following chart shows the number of problems reported during each of the service
years since the debut of the 2003 Volkswagen Passat in 2003.

Table 2. PPMY Index and Problem Occurrence Trend

Service Year

Number of Problems

2018

2

2017

8

2016

8

2015

31

2014

18

2013

19

2012

20

2011

27

2010

33

2009

50

2008

75

2007

100

2006

127

2005

130

2004

65

2003

8

Compare the 2003 Volkswagen Passat with Other Model Years

When making the decision between buying a new or used Volkswagen Passat,
the following table can be used to compare the 2003 Volkswagen Passat
with the Volkswagen Passat from other model years.
Note that the number of problems reported for the 2003 Passat is 791
while the average number of problems reported for the 22 model years of the Volkswagen Passat is 361.

Table 3. Compare the 2003 Volkswagen Passat with other model years