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I'll miss my VW
By Disappointed VW fan on 03/30/07 10:45 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Volkswagen Passat Diesel TDi 4dr Wagon

Review

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.
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VW Passat TDi
By sky on 12/19/05 11:02 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1997 Volkswagen Passat Diesel TDi 4dr Sedan

Review

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.
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one owner TDI
By Dave on 04/14/05 12:40 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Volkswagen Passat Diesel TDi 4dr Sedan

Review

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.
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Might be the best car I've owned.
By Marc-n-Judy on 01/19/04 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1997 Volkswagen Passat Diesel TDi 4dr Sedan

Review

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!
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'97 TDI
By richardb on 08/19/03 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Volkswagen Passat Diesel TDi 4dr Sedan

Review

Excellent car except for recent stalling problem. Have been to dealer several times but they cannot find the problem.
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Best Car I have ever owned
By Boiler Bob on 07/27/03 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Volkswagen Passat Diesel TDi 4dr Sedan

Review

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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German Engineering
By MB on 01/19/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1997 Volkswagen Passat Diesel TDi 4dr Sedan

Review

Purchased my VW Passat TDI in March of 1997 after reviewing several articles on the TDI engine. Hard to believe you can get that great fuel mileage in a mid-size vehicle. No American made auto can do that. I have almost 150,000 miles on it now and it still runs great. I like going almost 900 miles before I have to fill up again. I change the oil every 5,000 miles and the timing belt every 60,000.
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German Engineering
By mb on 01/19/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1997 Volkswagen Passat Diesel TDi 4dr Sedan

Review

Purchased my VW Passat TDI in March of 1997 after reviewing several articles on the TDI engine. Hard to believe you can get that great fuel mileage in a mid-size vehicle. No American made auto can do that. I have almost 150,000 miles on it now and it still runs great. I like going almost 900 miles before I have to fill up again. I change the oil every 5,000 miles and the timing belt every 60,000.
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Drivetrain to die for!
By JimboTheFed on 01/14/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1997 Volkswagen Passat Diesel TDi 4dr Sedan

Review

Yes, it has hardware issues: door latches, power window alignment, ignition keyswitch (recall issued), electrical gremlins... But even with all that, I love this car! But I am an engineer and tinkerer, own the Bentley repair manual, and don't mind pulling the door panel off, either. 179000 miles and climbing 30K+/year. We'll grow old together. Drive this car hard and it will NOT ever smoke - the computer craves to be driven!
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I love Diesel
By Sean La Garde on 01/06/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1997 Volkswagen Passat Diesel TDi 4dr Sedan

Review

I have put all but 17 miles of the 97000 miles I have on it. I get great fuel mileage and have had very little problems. The only major problem was a cracked valve in the brake vacume line. Scared the pants of me. I plan to keep her for another 100k
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