1997 Volkswagen Passat Consumer Review: Drivetrain to die for!

1997 Volkswagen Passat Diesel - Consumer Review

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Drivetrain to die for!
By JimboTheFed on


1997 Volkswagen Passat TDi 4dr Sedan


Yes, it has hardware issues: door
latches, power window alignment,
ignition keyswitch (recall issued),
electrical gremlins... But even with
all that, I love this car! But I am an
engineer and tinkerer, own the Bentley
repair manual, and don't mind pulling
the door panel off, either. 179000
miles and climbing 30K+/year. We'll
grow old together. Drive this car hard
and it will NOT ever smoke - the
computer craves to be driven!

Best Features

Engine, roomy interior, cavernous trunk and cargo capability (I carry 25 8 foot 2x4's at once in the sedan), Premium sound system

Worst Features

I hate VW hardware and electrical designs! The 5-speed linkage is sloppy. Seats wear out at 150000. No cupholders (put Pespi in front of seat in the seat adjuster release handle for manual seats)
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