Used 1996 Volkswagen Passat GLS Consumer Reviews | Edmunds
ADVERTISEMENT

1996 Volkswagen Passat - Consumer Reviews

Average Consumer Rating

7 Total Reviews

View reviews for a specific Passat model:
ADVERTISEMENT

Sort by

Most Recent|
Most Recent Most Helpful Highest Rating Lowest Rating
runs forever
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By carracer
on

Vehicle

1996 Volkswagen Passat GLS 4dr Sedan


Review

I've had this 1996 passat since it was brand new and it's been in the shop no more than 3 or 4 times. I have the car in a manual (I hate automatics) and the ORIGINAL clutch is still working perfectly. There's a little rust on the drivers side door, but I live in a heavily salted part of Vermont, so that's understandable. The fuel economy is great for such an old car (28-34 mpg). The gearing gets a little iffy on the highway with a 4 cylinder (it does 70mph at 3200 rpm). Overall a really nice car with a great audio system in a car that refuses to fail.


Best Features

Long lasting clutch, fuel economy, ride comfort, great reliability, and plenty of knee and leg room in the front and back. Also, the car has a large powerband (2500-5500rpm. it redlines at about 6500).


Worst Features

Better gearing for highway speeds (65+), a tad more hp to help when passing at higher speeds (so you don't have to downshift).


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Car Care is the Cure
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By 4N-Fever
on

Vehicle

1996 Volkswagen Passat GLS 4dr Sedan


Review

My wife and I have owned our Passat for almost 4 years and we love it. Plenty of room for the kids(x2) stuff and luggage. In those 4 years we have replaced the timing belt twice (due to high milage) and the water pump as well. We have put on 3 sets of tires, changed the oil and filter approx 20 times and had the radiator flushed twice. I guess what I'm saying is, proper or preventative car care/maintainence will keep your car going for a long time. The down side which there are some are the resale value seems low, the drivers side window regulator broke, the door handles do not always open the doors, the air lock system sometimes fail and the check engine light remains on all the time.


Best Features

Roomy, Exceptional Power, Paint, Cruise Control, Moon Roof and Trunk Space


Worst Features

We replaced the stock 14" tires and put on 16" this makes the car handle even better. Change the door locks from vacuum to electric.


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Many minor and major problems
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By no longer a VW fan
on

Vehicle

1996 Volkswagen Passat GLS 4dr Sedan


Review

Great feel when driving. After 3 years, there were many electrical failures. When temperature outside is below 20 degrees, door would not shut, ignition key gets struck. Needles on dashboard do not work. I have heard others with this problem: THE CHECK ENGINE light stays on for no reason, Now in its; 7th year, all indicators on the dashboard are not working, including the digital ones. Dealer tell me it is an electrical and mechanical problem.


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

1996 VW Passat
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By ex-passat owner
on

Vehicle

1996 Volkswagen Passat GLS 4dr Sedan


Review

Performance, even after 100,000 miles, was very good - tight cornering, sufficiently-powered engine, nice steering, solid suspension. For its size, the Passat has a very large trunk and lots of room elsewhere. HOWEVER... Reliability was VERY poor. Despite the car's solid feel, in the 3 years I kept it on the road, it was rarely without a problem of some sort. I put an average of $1200 of repairs into it annually, and I still never managed to catch up with everything that went wrong. Finally, to replace the failing flywheel, given the low value of the car, would have been unreasonable.


Best Features

Performance, roominess, sound system, fun to drive


Worst Features

Overall reliability needs substantial improvement.


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

96 Passat GLS
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By PO
on

Vehicle

1996 Volkswagen Passat GLS 4dr Sedan


Review

Great car! Fun to drive, lots of space for an affordable german car, great fuel economy.


Worst Features

incorporate cupholder in original design remote locks lock/unlock buttons


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

ADVERTISEMENT

Write Consumer Reviews

Write Consumer Reviews

Write a review and rate your own car.

ADVERTISEMENT

New Car Buying Guides

See which cars and trucks our editors recommend

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT