by sky on Dec 19, 2005 Vehicle: 1997 Volkswagen Passat TDi 4dr Sedan
My 1997 Volkswagen Passat TDI drives well, and gets great fuel economy (50 at high altitude, 45 @ sealevel). However, this is the worst car I have ever owned in terms of non-drivetrain repairs. the quality of construction and materials are very substandard. I have experienced repeated component failures, and have had to make repeated repairs for same item. Owners of newer ones (2004-2005) have reported identical and worse complaints. this car has very shoddy materials and worksmanship. My '83 Toyota (340k miles) is more reliable than the VW ever was.
by Dave on Apr 14, 2005 Vehicle: 1997 Volkswagen Passat TDi 4dr Sedan
This car was chosen for size and mpg. Best mpg has been 56 and 36 is the lowest. Performance is suprisingly good with 1 or 2 adults in car. Add 2 more in the back seat and they will be suprised at the space, but driver needs to reconsider passing on two-lane roads. This car does hold it's speed very well on the interstate. Climbs mountains as if they are ant hills. As long as the glow plug relay gets the right signal, this car starts like a champ on sub-zero mornings.
by Marc-n-Judy on Jan 19, 2004 Vehicle: 1997 Volkswagen Passat TDi 4dr Sedan
Purchased this car from the 1st owner,
with 148,000 miles on it. Have driven
it daily, with little or no trouble.
Might be the best all around car I have
Waiting for VW to bring the new Passat
(or Toureg) to the U.S. with diesel,
plan to buy another when they do!
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outback. I'll get to that later. I acquired my Passat Variant , which was nearly impossible to test drive at any of the THREE VW dealers in the South Jersey Area, especially to test the 4-Mo GLX Var...