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Average User Score
4.4 ⁄ 5 stars
Based on 19 reviews
1998 Volkswagen Passat Overview
Overall User Score
Based on 19 reviews
All-new for 1998, the Volkswagen Passat shared a platform with the Audi A4, and in fact borrowed a number of other elements from its higher-end cousin, which also is owned by VW. Slightly larger (by about four inches) than its predecessor, the new Passat was available in two trim packages, the GLS and the GLX.
The base GLS sedan came with two engine options -- a 1.8-liter, 150-hp 4-cylinder and a 2.8-liter V6 that generated 190 hp. (Both engines were borrowed from Audi.) The top-of-the-line GLX sedan also came with the 2.8-liter V6, while a Passat wagon was available only with the 4-cylinder engine. A five-speed manual transmission was standard, while optional equipment included a four-speed automatic transmission with the Tiptronic feature, which enabled drivers to manually shift, depending on conditions.
The list of standard features for the 1998 Passat was fairly extensive, and included front and side airbags, air conditioning, power windows, power brakes, power door locks, daytime running lights, cruise control, a trip computer, a keyless entry system, an anti-theft alarm system, anti-lock brakes, and an eight-speaker AM/FM/cassette audio system. The GLX package added leather seats and a sunroof, among other features.
Generally, drivers appreciated the Passat's handling, styling, spaciousness, and comfort, though many pointed out that their cars required frequent and expensive repairs.
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Volkswagen Passat Questions
Wv Passat With 287,000 Miles And A Cracked Radiator - Repair Or Donate It?
Hello, My WV Passat suffered a cracked radiator on a hot Friday afternoon in stop and go traffic on the road to and from "hell" otherwise known as I-66 in a rare driving trip to and then outbound fr...
Please, I Have A Problem With My Vw Passat 98,when I Lock The Doors With Th...
Please, I have a problem with my VW passat 98,when I lock the doors with the key,all the doors will lock,within some time,the whole doors will unlock itself and the whole four windows will go down wit...
Gas Lid Switch Is Broken, 98 Passat. How To Open Manually?
The switch to open the gas lid is broken on my 98 Passat. HOw do you open the lid manually?
Abs Light Can Not Be Diagnosed By My Local Mechanic
My brakes lines and pads have recently been replaced. The ABS light has been flickering and is now on constantly. Any ideas? My local garage cant find the problem. Any common causes/solutions that...
My 98 Vw Passat 1.8l Won't Start.
My 98 vw passat 1.8L won't start. The car sat for a bit, the alarm drained the battery all during winter. so it sat for like 4 months and thus that battery failed, apparently a cell collapsed. so i bo...