1996 Volkswagen Passat 2.0L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual Consumer Review - runs forever
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1996 Volkswagen Passat - Consumer Review

1996 Volkswagen Passat GLS 4dr Sedan

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GLS Sedan (2.0L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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1996 Volkswagen Passat GLS 4dr Sedan

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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.

Favorite 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).

Suggested Improvements

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