2003 Volkswagen Passat - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

small car iamge 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

small car iamge PPMY Index and Problem Occurrence Trend

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

      PPMY Index = 791 / 105,137 / 15 * 1000 = 0.50.

For more information, refer to this page: A study of reliability comparison across Volkswagen Passat model year vehicles.

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

small car iamge 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

Model Year Number of Problems
  2017 Passat
19
  2016 Passat
31
  2015 Passat
110
  2014 Passat
426
  2013 Passat
597
  2012 Passat
479
  2011 Passat
7
  2010 Passat
135
  2009 Passat
147
  2008 Passat
190
  2007 Passat
287
  2006 Passat
695
  2005 Passat
160
  2004 Passat
330
  2003 Passat
791
  2002 Passat
766
  2001 Passat
550
  2000 Passat
615
  1999 Passat
848
  1998 Passat
474
  1997 Passat
104
  1996 Passat
186


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