1996 Volkswagen Passat Consumer Review: Fun to drive, expensive to mai
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1996 Volkswagen Passat - Consumer Review

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GLX V6 Wagon (2.8L V6 5-speed Manual)

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Fun to drive, expensive to maintain
By Dave GLX'ed on

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1996 Volkswagen Passat GLX V6 4dr Wagon

Review

Bought this car for my wife in early 1998 w/ 30K miles. The car handles very well and gets good mileage. However, it's dark side is the reliability and maintenance costs. At 45K the instrument cluster stopped working. The check engine light is always coming on. Numerous visits to the garage to extinguish. Heater core disengrated, taking the water pump out with it. Now the rack and pinion is going, not sure if I should continue or put the car out to pasture. I am still a VW fan (my 87 Golf is at 310K and still going strong), however VW really over complicated the automobile when they designed this vehicle. Also the Service manual is terrible.

Best Features

Heated seats, accleration, mileage.

Worst Features

Reliability, Reliability, Reliability
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