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Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is a category of used car. Often late-model vehicles, they have been inspected, refurbished, if necessary, and are under warranty by the manufacturer.
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Volkswagen Passat Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 1.9 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 90 hp @ 3750 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 32/42 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.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 32
  • cty
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  • 42
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



I'll miss my vw

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Vehicle: 1997 Volkswagen Passat TDi 4dr Wagon

I bought my VW used and I was okay with having to replace the clutch almost immediately as well as having a rod in the trunk snap which made the trunk impossible to use until I found a mechanic willing to weld the rod back together. But after 9 months of VW ownership, I'm calling it quits. I love VWs and will look for them in the future, but definitely with more skeptical eyes. Besides the normal repairs and somewhat non-normal repairs, I had an air flow sensor malfunction, and needed to replace the throttle valve because my Passat was driving itself. 3 weeks after those repairs, I either get to replace the heater core, fix a radiator problem, and replace the oxygen sensor or call it quits.




Vw passat tdi

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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.




One owner tdi

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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.




Might be the best car

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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 ever owned! Waiting for VW to bring the new Passat (or Toureg) to the U.S. with diesel, plan to buy another when they do!




'97 tdi

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Vehicle: 1997 Volkswagen Passat TDi 4dr Sedan

Excellent car except for recent stalling problem. Have been to dealer several times but they cannot find the problem.




Best car i have ever

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Vehicle: 1997 Volkswagen Passat TDi 4dr Sedan

Best car for the money in my opinion. Engine, after 139,000 miles is still strong but is noiser. It has comfort, fuel economy, reliability and style, what more can one ask. Last TDI in the Passat VW brought over and it was not a wise decision. I would buy another after 3 years of driving and is the reason I still have this one. The car is like family. Radio is not in tune to distant station as when new. Power windows and door handles are biggest problems with the car.



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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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Talk About The 1997 Passat

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moparbad
moparbad
03-12-2004
Passat TDI was offered in 1996 and 1997 and certified for 1998 and dropped at the last minute by VW. It is amazing how high the residual values are for the 1996-7 year Passat TDI. The wagon in excelle...


ateixeira
ateixeira
06-07-2004
Passat came out in 1998 IIRC, and it's really only had a face lift since then. The platform dates back to the 1997 Audi A4. It's over due for an update, IMO....


harrisjc30
harrisjc30
04-11-2002
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...



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