1996 Volkswagen Passat Consumer Review: Still one of the best wagons e

1996 Volkswagen Passat - Consumer Review

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

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Still one of the best wagons ever
By JerryCS on


1996 Volkswagen Passat TDi 4dr Wagon


This is the finest all around car I've ever owned: comfortable, quiet, amazing mpg, and a blast to drive. With sport suspension it handles like a sports car. The TDI diesel motor is powerful and fast, and extremely reliable. With 142,000 miles, it stilll has the original clutch. Its only downside is some of the VW body parts: door handles, window lifts. Everything else continues to work well and we still get 45 mpg on the highway, in a mid-size wagon, running it on 100% biodiesel-- an American grown, renewable fuel.

Best Features

TDI motor, comfortable seating with 5 way adjustments, 8 speaker VW sound system, exceptional handling.

Worst Features

Easier access to oil filter, redesigned door handles, and no fifth injector-- all of which have been done on newer Passats.
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