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1996 Volkswagen Passat 4 Dr TDi Turbodiesel SedanReview
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If Vw Didn't Make A Great Motor Theyed Went Out Of Bussiness, Rest Of The Car Is Crap. —

The cons I write about are certain to happen in VW's of these years. FIxing the defrost means removing the entire dash. What engineer would sanely think putting foam over a hole that air blows over would work long term? Or the door handles... I've put these motors in Jeeps and redone the heater lines, what a nightmare the factory made it...an exspensive one at that. I forgot in the cons, the stock headlamps are dangerous. No way to adjust them since you get a few really bright spots at random places with the rest getting no light. Really bad build quality on the headlamps. VW might make a great engine, but the rest of the car is low grade, exspensive, crap. Three of my door motors have failed. Their $400 a piece to fix. Its not the motor that burns out, its the extremly complex control built into the motor.. And the door hinges? Complex and wear out fast. You can buy new ones, but why when they won't last either? This alone should have been a safety recall. Emergencies workers should be able to get into a car with a door handle 2 years old... I assume some of the other reviews on here are from VW employees... Go read forums, these issues are common. If VW gave one darn about the people who own these cars they would fix them, no questions asked. They are simply half done engineering!

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: Good fuel mileage, long lasting engine, easy to maintain

Cons: Door handles are problematic, wear out fast.  Foam for defroster covers the diverter and blows of, leaving weak AC and Heat with really weak defrost.  Power windows fail soon, and are very expensive to fix.  Heater hoses are all over the place (lots of them) and are model specif/expensive.  Clear coast on the paint is certain to come off.

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1996 Volkswagen Passat 4 Dr TDi Turbodiesel SedanReview
justdbn4 writes:
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One Awesome Ride.... — I love this car, it was a great find for me. It is comfortable, drives as smooth as any newer car I have been in, has tons of room, front and back, and has a huge trunk. My Passat is the nicest car I have ever owned, 48.1 mpg helps alot too!!!

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: Why we aren't producing cars like this any longer is beyond me. Great ride, huge trunk, huge backseat, fuel mileage is off the chain.

Cons: It's pretty old, the door handles and window regulators tend to go out on this model, yet very inexpensive to fix.

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1996 Volkswagen PassatReview
Terje writes:
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The Commuter — Not much to say. Bought cheap as a commuter Main benefit is enormous space inside, especially for tall guys like me. Somewhat noisy on the highway, especially if the road surface was rough. But easy to get parts for and easy to fix. Great commuter.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Roomy!

Cons: Not very engaging.

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1996 Volkswagen Passat 4 Dr GLS SedanReview
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Meh — Had this for about 18months. It was reliable and strong, my wife crashed it a couple of times, the second time writing off another car but was still able to drive home. The engine was smooth and strong but used a lot of fuel. The boot wasn't good, it had space but wasn't very usable.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Safety

Cons: Big around town

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1996 Volkswagen Passat 4 Dr TDi Turbodiesel SedanReview
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I Think Its Great, Proforms Fine And Has Amazing Gas Mileage And You Need That Now Adays — I drive a 1996 Volksagen Passat TDi. It is a turbo Desiel injection, or TDi, and gets 45 highway and 37 city. This car has a decent resale value but why sell it. You make more money just off the gas mileage alone. Although it is great on gas it isnt the fastest so dont buy it and expect to win races. 0-60 in about 10 seconds isnt racer stats. So if your looking for a fun nice car that wont ruin your wallet size then get this car, but to have more fun i would get the stick, thats what i drive and i love it!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: the mileage man!

Cons: avoid if your wanting a racer

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1996 Volkswagen Passat 4 Dr GLS SedanReview
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Awsome — found car in someones back yard and picked it up for 300 dollars, minor repairs like front singnal light and new front window was all i needed to get on road. having promblems trying a way to open gas tank

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: a/c blasts you out fast

Cons: no radio as of right now

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1996 Volkswagen Passat 4 Dr TDi Turbodiesel SedanReview
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The Botomline Is This Car Is An Awesome Car And I Have To Give My Props To The Germans. — i love this car. i bought this car with a manual, it shifts great and it performs like a dream. im not sure of the resail value but you wont care after driving it. i have never been one to drive deisel but this one is great. it gets great gas mileage and it handles preforms, adn drives like a dream

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: it has a really good turbo for a stock, and i couldnt ask for a better handling car. even now when my alignment is off

Cons: no glove box and cup holders suck. but  who cares.

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1996 Volkswagen Passat 4 Dr TDi Turbodiesel SedanReview
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I'm Not Even A Vw Fan, But This Car Is Something Special! — Performance - acceleration=Good steady pull, Climbs hills, geared for the autobahn braking=Quick and predictable handling=Tight (not 'sharp'), flat (almost no roll), and inspires confidence Build Quality - It came with a thick stack of receipts for repairs (hope everything is sorted) It feels really solid, and doesn't rattle at all, with over 150,000 Mi. Appearance - Quirky/boxy and oh so German. Cost of Ownership - So far so good. The fuel economy is AMAZING, even while driving sporty. Fun Factor - Super conferrable, and fun knowing you aren't spending a ton of cash driving.

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: Geo Metro mileage in a fully loaded, comfortable, spacious car.

Cons: Quirky styling.

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1996 Volkswagen Passat 4 Dr TDi Turbodiesel WagonReview
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It Does The Job, And Starts Every Morning. — The performance is crap, BUT it has improved a lot tnx to the EVRY-MOD, 0-100km/h in 11,3 sec, does 14 stock... the handling and breakes is crap to, but the ride is somewhat smooth. the build quality is quite good I think. It´s BUTT-ugly!! The good side is the fuel-consumption, betwen 0,54-0,65 L/mil depending on my heavy foot... Since the EVRY-MOD it can be quite fun, since it´s expected to be sloooow, so it´s quite fun to leav them behind in a cloud of black smoke ;)

Primary Use: Utility (towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.)

Pros: Fueleconomy

Cons: It´s abut as sexy as a brick...

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1996 Volkswagen Passat 4 Dr GLX V6 SedanReview
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Would Take Another One — it was i fast car made to be beat on a good racing car had a v6 but repairs were spendy but worth it got good mpg and very fun to drive since it was a 5 peed manual a

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: very quick

Cons: spendy repair bills

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