1997 Volkswagen Passat Consumer Review: Miracle MPG with the Passat TD

1997 Volkswagen Passat - Consumer Review

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

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Miracle MPG with the Passat TDI diesel
By SchnellAutos on


1997 Volkswagen Passat TDi 4dr Sedan


My 1997 Passat TDI has been great. There's no smoking or tat-tat-tat engine stereotypes. The torque is high, so acceleration is quite good (better than my '87 Saab 9000). The miracle is the gas mileage! The worst I've had in 5 years is 41 mpg, while the best was 59.7 mpg on the highway in May 2002. Devoted use of synthetic oil and use of Amaco's 47 centane diesel fuel has aided mpg. One quibble...the door handles are bad, but otherwise maintenance has been very cheap, and only for expected items (brake pads, scheduled timing belt replacement, etc.). Replacing the original Goodyear tires with Michelins improved performance. Cold weather has been NO problem at all.

Best Features

40+ mpg city, as high as 59.7 mpg highway, nimble, responsive, peppy, driving, low maintenance, Volkswagen/Audi's "Smart key" functions which closes the windows & sunroof or opens them by twisting the key in the front doors.

Worst Features

Some of the hardware could be designed better, no glove box, trunk lock
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