1997 Volkswagen Passat Consumer Review: one owner TDI

1997 Volkswagen Passat Diesel - Consumer Review

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By Dave on


1997 Volkswagen Passat TDi 4dr Sedan


This car was chosen for size and mpg. Best mpg has been 56 and 36 is the lowest. Performance is suprisingly good with 1 or 2 adults in car. Add 2 more in the back seat and they will be suprised at the space, but driver needs to reconsider passing on two-lane roads. This car does hold it's speed very well on the interstate. Climbs mountains as if they are ant hills. As long as the glow plug relay gets the right signal, this car starts like a champ on sub-zero mornings.

Best Features

You can open the windows with the key to let the car cool off before you even open a door.

Worst Features

Oil drip from intercooler - this is result of PCV running oil vapor thru turbo. My car had a persistent problem with the glow plug relay getting mixed messages on how long to lite up; usually things didn't warm up enough making for hard start
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