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Drivetrain to die for!
By JimboTheFed on
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1997 Volkswagen Passat TDi 4dr Sedan
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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!
Favorite Features
Engine, roomy interior, cavernous trunk and cargo capability (I carry 25 8 foot 2x4's at once in the sedan), Premium sound system
Suggested Improvements
I hate VW hardware and electrical designs! The 5-speed linkage is sloppy. Seats wear out at 150000. No cupholders (put Pespi in front of seat in the seat adjuster release handle for manual seats)
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