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1997 Volkswagen Passat Sedan

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Volkswagen Passat Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.8 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 172 hp @ 5800 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 17/24 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1997 Volkswagen Passat

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    Huge interior with lots of leg room, superb seats, excellent road manners

  • Cons

    2.8-liter V-6 responds sluggishly when harnessed to automatic transmission

  • What's New for 1997

    GLS model vanishes from radar as Volkswagen prepares for launch of all-new Passat in mid-1997.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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Very reliable

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Vehicle: 1996 Volkswagen Passat

this car is very reliable. the power of germany engineering. i love my 96 vw passat glx. it takes me any where. proud owner. i will keep it and drive it till it disintergrates or the tires fly off or the doors fly off

Dependable work-horse

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Vehicle: 1996 Volkswagen Passat

I purchased my '96 TDI used with 125k miles, and it has turned out to be one of the most dependable cars I've ever owned. It now has 273k miles on the original engine. I'm quite impressed for a diesel, it's much quieter than Mercedes, does not smoke, burn oil, and it consistently gets 42-48MPG. I drove from Sacramento to Kennewick Washington on ONE TANK of diesel. Over the years, the car has began to "age", and as such, the door handles are faulty and cease up, the cup holders broke off, lid to glove box broke, and AC switch broke one really hot summer day. Other than that, this is a very comfortable driving, easy handling automobile that I will drive until the doors fall off.

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No more vws

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Vehicle: 1996 Volkswagen Passat

As almost all reviews have implied this car is too expensive to service and problems are constant. VW should have recalled the entire car. Yes, great V6 engine but definitely a real headache and expensive to repair.

Great vw

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Vehicle: 1996 Volkswagen Passat

I received this car in my grandmother's will, and as she meticulously maintained it and kept it in excellent shape. I see no major problems in the car. It drives nicely, accelerates quickly, and handles like a car half its size. My only gripe is the door handle, it seems to act up every once and a while, leaving me fiddling with it for a bit to get it to work. As this is my second car, my first car was an Isuzu Rodeo, I am very pleased with it.

Horrible, expensive, and unreliable!

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Vehicle: 1996 Volkswagen Passat

This car has been a complete nightmare to own. It has had issues with the transmission, electrical, interior cosmetics, expensive parts...the list goes on. This car was wonderful when I bought it new in April of 1995. Then at 31,000 miles all hell broke lose. I lost my heated seats, and soon after my entire instrument cluster. Then at 33,000 miles my transmission went out - thank God it was under warranty as it costs nearly $6,500 to repair. The rear O2 sensors require taking off the FUEL TANK to reach them. This car is too much work and is costing me too much money. I am VERY unhappy with this car!

Has been hood

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Vehicle: 1996 Volkswagen Passat

I bought my 1996 Volkswagen Passat new and have only had minimal problems after 10 years.

Full 1997 Volkswagen Passat Review

What's New for 1997

GLS model vanishes from radar as Volkswagen prepares for launch of all-new Passat in mid-1997.

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Gas Mileage


  • 17
  • cty
  • 24
  • highway
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