1998 Volkswagen Passat Review | Edmunds.com

1998 Volkswagen Passat

Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is a category of used car. Often late-model vehicles, they have been inspected, refurbished, if necessary, and are under warranty by the manufacturer.
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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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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 20
  • cty
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  • 29
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


6 of 6 people found this review helpful

German engineering = crap!

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

Purchased a 1998 1.8T passat with a blown engine for $1000 and I rebuilt the engine over the summer. There is a lot of chatter about oil sludge destroying these engines, this is completely false! Oil comes through a metal tube around the back of the engine over the catalytic converter, exhaust manifold and through the turbo charger. Non-synthetic oil cokes (forms hard particles called turbo-turds)inside all of these components. Eventually enough of this coked oil breaks free, clogs the oil sump screen and oil starvation occurs. This is what causes the vast majority of 1.8T engines to fail. Either VW engineers are complete idiots or this is an engine designed to fail.



5 of 5 people found this review helpful

98 passat --nice while it

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

Car still drives and handles well but costly electrical problems have developed, forcing me to donate it on the market after 142,000 miles. Sunroof and door locks mysteriously stopped working--costly to repair.




Lovely, but troubled

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

This car handled like a dream. It had great pick-up, suspension and was a blast to drive. The honeymoon, however, was short lived. It shortly became a money pit! I was only the second owner and bought it with 17,000 miles on it. The turbo quit at 70,000 miles and required $2000 to fix it in 2003. Then, the spark plug broke and fell into the piston shortly thereafter. That was another small fortune to fix. Then the cruise control worked only once in while. The transmission started cutting up and I sold it.



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

This passat treated me well

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

My next car will be a plug in, but in the meanwhile I have few complaints about my manual 98 Passat, or the dealership. Bought new, used only in CA, and still a pleasure to drive. Mileage 25-27 mpg. Things do occasionally go wrong, but mostly they are under warranty. I added up my unexpected repairs over the past 10 years, and found they came to less than $5,000, or $500 per year. New alternator, 2 new batteries, new brakes, a gasket or two, minor suspension repairs, etc., but none of the spine-chilling disasters you can read about elsewhere on this blog. I'm lucky! I plan to keep it until that new plug-in (or 60 mpg diesel) shows up at the dealer. (My other car is a 2004 Prius).




Ambivalent

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

Up until I owned my awesome 2007 BMW 335i coupe, there was no car I had more fun driving and showing off than my sporty and sexy white Passat. Guys dug the car and girls dug me (cuz of the car)! But that's not really important. The car looks great. At the time, the design was new and totally original; soon it would be replicated in almost every make on the road. And like most VeeDubs, the interior was modern with lots of new tech. It was comfy to sit in for hours and the drive was gutsy. The turbo, even though with significant lag, gave the engine amazing boost. It made 150 horses feel like 200. So it's too bad that it spent so much time in the shop.




Never again

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

Bought this car new in 1998. Will never buy another VW. Electrically unreliable (locks, windows, interior lights, wipers, radio), underpowered and expensive to maintain. The only reason I haven't gotten rid of it is I hate car payments and it's paid for. However, I am considering bailing out soon. Stay away from this car.



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Full 1998 Volkswagen Passat Review

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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Talk About The 1998 Passat

1998 Volkswagen Passat Discussions See all Started By

sbsyncro
sbsyncro
01-24-2003
Well, my friend, you probably don't see "old Passats" because you don't recognize them! ;-)...


healthnut07
healthnut07
11-14-2007
Does anyone know of a place to get the Volkswagen Passat Bentley Service Repair Manual 98-05 cheap? I think the best I found was on amazon for $81 with free shipping....


bswansea
bswansea
09-10-2001
I am wondering if anyone out there has had their Passat (1998 or newer) equipped with this engine chip and what their impressions are?...



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