by vwlover007 on Sep 15, 2014 Vehicle: 1996 Volkswagen Passat
1996 Passat B4v Wagon with 5 Speed Manual & VR6 6 Cylinder.
Don't believe all these cry babies who trash a complete & awesome model car because of door handle/ lock and window regulator issues with this model.....
This B4 Passat wagon is perhaps the most under car that VW ever made.
This car in VR6 5 Speed form is fast ! and fun! it rips nicely and handles well too.! & The car has lots of cargo room.
It looks nice!. Is very comfortable to drive. It has good AC & a nice glass two way sunroof. This car cruises nicely without effort and above 3500 rpm is a ripper! a hammer ready to throw down if need be ;) My car has excellent ABS Brakes and the front calipers and rotors are Beef SWEET!
by Meghan M. on Oct 13, 2010 Vehicle: 1996 Volkswagen Passat
I am quite familiar with a lot of the issues I have been reading. One thing I have noticed with this car is that proper maintenance and proper fluids such as G12 coolant, premium gasoline, and synthetic oil are necessary for longevity. I have rebuilt the engine and replaced all of the gaskets, timing chain and tensioner, water pump, and cv shaft. I am approaching about 160k miles and I am still in love! Though, my boyfriend and I are VW enthusiasts and do many of the repairs ourselves and it is definitely important to find a VW mechanic and NOT a dealership. I will say, if someone is looking into this car, be prepared for a good amount of maintenance.
by Mika on Dec 22, 2006 Vehicle: 1996 Volkswagen Passat
This is my second Volkswagen Passat. My first one was a '91 Passat which I loved. I decided to upgrade for the VR6. With 176 horsepower on tap on a much heavier car it wasn't going to win any races. This car has been a dismal experience, as the O2 sensors (in engine bay and under the fuel tank) have gone out, as well as the thermostat and automatic transmission. After thousands of dollars in repairs and countless man hours of doing the work myself, I have finally gotten rid of the beast.
by DA on Jun 15, 2005 Vehicle: 1996 Volkswagen Passat
Since buying our Passat GLX wagon in early-2004, we've had nothing but problems. The front doors don't close in the winter, the driver's door won't open at all, the transmission skips, the check engine light is ALWAYS on, the temperature light stays on through the summer months, it leaks oil...I'll stop there. This is a GREAT looking car with good gas mileage, but I will never buy another Passat wagon.
by Jessej on Sep 23, 2004 Vehicle: 1996 Volkswagen Passat
I have the same experience as so many
others here... really love the brand,
love the car... HATE the constantly
breaking $200-$500 repairs on small
things. Since the beginning I have had
a rattle in the
stickshift/transmission, O2 sensors
replaced often, check engine light goes
on all the time, ignition switch
replaced, 2 door handles just stoped
working, 3 window regulators replaced,
clutch pedal broke off, tires are very
non-standard size (restricts your
choices and increases cost), ABS is
gone. The door handles and windows are
the most annoying... c'mon, those
should not break so often over only 70k
miles!! Really want to buy another,
by Dave GLX'ed on Apr 19, 2004 Vehicle: 1996 Volkswagen Passat
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.
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