1997 Volkswagen Passat Consumer Review: German Engineering
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1997 Volkswagen Passat - Consumer Review

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TDi Sedan (1.9L 4-cyl. Turbodiesel 5-speed Manual)

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1997 Volkswagen Passat TDi 4dr Sedan

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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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Fuel mileage ranging from 40 - 50 MPG depending on the drive. Went to Las Vegas, NV and back on one tank of fuel. The round trip was a little over 850 miles. I still had room to drive around after I returned.

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The California Air Resources Board put the hurt on VW to eliminate their diesel engines from CA due to excessive particulate matter emitted in the air. Seems odd watching all the 18 wheelers driving through the state un-bothered by CARB.
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