1996 Volkswagen Passat Consumer Review: Dependable work-horse

1996 Volkswagen Passat - Consumer Review

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

Build Quality
Reliability Value
Dependable work-horse
By ca_cowgirl on


1996 Volkswagen Passat TDi 4dr Sedan


I purchased my '96 TDI used with 125k miles, and it has turned out to be one of the most dependable cars I've ever owned.
It now has 273k miles on the original engine.
I'm quite impressed for a diesel, it's much quieter than Mercedes, does not smoke, burn oil, and it consistently gets 42-48MPG.
I drove from Sacramento to Kennewick Washington on ONE TANK of diesel.
Over the years, the car has began to "age", and as such, the door handles are faulty and cease up, the cup holders broke off, lid to glove box broke, and AC switch broke one really hot summer day.
Other than that, this is a very comfortable driving, easy handling automobile that I will drive until the doors fall off.

Best Features

Cruise control, very cool AC, easy handling, comfortable back seats, even for adults.

Worst Features

Door handles, door handles, door handles. Interior design and layout of cupholders and glove box.
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