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1998 Volkswagen Passat

Volkswagen Passat Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 1.8 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 150 hp @ 5700 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 20/29 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1998 Volkswagen Passat

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  • Pros

    Tight structure. Fun-to-drive. Comfortable seats. Nice sound system. Artful design. An Audi at Volkswagen prices. Smooth V6 engine.

  • Cons

    Squat and dive when accelerating and braking is excessive.

  • What's New for 1998

    An all-new Passat arrives wearing updated sheet metal over a stretched Audi A4 platform. Engine choices include a spunky turbocharged four or a silky V6.

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Customer Reviews

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Piece of junk

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Vehicle: 1998 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8T Turbo 4dr Wagon

In the 10 months that I owned this car it was drivable maybe 2 months out of 10. The front axle snapped, a hole in the gas tank suddenly appeared, it ate oil like there was no tomorrow, electrical problems, smelled like exhaust fumes were coming into the cabin from the engine compartment to the point were I thought I would pass out. This car is a money pit!!!!



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Still solid after all these

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Vehicle: 1998 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8T Turbo 4dr Wagon

4 cyl turbo sedan, on its 11th year, aging beautifully in ca weather. Reasonably reliable, zippy, good looking, great build quality, 24 mpg. What"s not to like? and paid for for the last 5 years.




Never buy this car

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Vehicle: 1998 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8T Turbo 4dr Wagon

The most unreliable, expensive, money-hole of a car I've ever owned. This car, with care and repair, only lasted 145,000 miles. It was a Volkswagen Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle, and it was a rip off. And to add insult to injury, the Volkswagen folks are really rude.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Good if you don't keep

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Vehicle: 1998 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8T Turbo 4dr Wagon

My wife and I bought this car in 1998 b/c we wanted a safe vehicle for our first child. Fast forward to May 24, 2007. It now has 96,000 miles on it. It is on its 2nd factory radio, 2nd set of door locks (all replaced after 3 years). Both back doors were just partly rewired. The ignition system cost me $900 last year and now the turbo is dead ! Its $1710 total replacement cost is covered under the 10/100 warranty. Lucky! Overall, I don't recommend the car. Unless I have $20K to throw away every 2 years on a fresh Audi or VW, I won't ever buy one again.




What a great car

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Vehicle: 1998 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8T Turbo 4dr Wagon

I purchased the car new as one of the first VW Wagons to arrive in the US in 1998. The 4-cylinder turbo engine has been a dream. It has great responsiveness, just enough power with an average of 26 miles per gallon in the Washington, DC metro area highways. Overall my ownership experience has been a total pleasure. The car has never let me down and I especially admire how well the interior has held up over the past eight years. The mechanical condition of the car has been excellent and the motor and other subsystems have never experienced any problems. The paint has not faded and the tires have rarely been out of balance, even with the potholes in D.C. area roads. This is a great car!




Not worth it

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Vehicle: 1998 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8T Turbo 4dr Wagon

I paid $18,000 for 6 labored years of the 1998 Volkswagen Passat. I just traded it in today for a new Subaru Legacy - gladly. The turbo engine is a problem as well as other glitches. Expect repairs - you'll be using that 10 year / 100,000 mile warranty if you bought it new.



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What's New for 1998

An all-new Passat arrives wearing updated sheet metal over a stretched Audi A4 platform. Engine choices include a spunky turbocharged four or a silky V6.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 20
  • cty
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  • 29
  • highway
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