1996 Volkswagen Passat Reviews from North America - Page 4 of 6

1996 Volkswagen Passat TDI 1.9 Tdi

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.9 Tdi Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance140000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Passat

Summary:

The best long range cruiser in America

Faults:

We have had to replace 2 oxidation catalysts and a window regulator more recently. Apart from routine maintainence, this car is very dear to us and would not give it up for anything.

In general, VW's dealership body in the US is poor and is the Achilles Heel of the organization. VW has tremendous products, but the dealerships can make the ownership experience quite miserable. On the other hand, if this shortcoming could be addressed it would be a huge victory for VWoA.

General Comments:

The overall performance envelope, fuel economy (avg. 43mpg lifetime) and carrying capacity of this car are unlike any other. We are the original owners of this diesel and value it more with every passing day. We have done some minor upgrades to the car, but it largely remains as delivered by the manufacturer.

We hope the day comes soon when we can purchase a new diesel powered wagon larger than the current offering (Jetta TDI wagon) in America...'til then we'll just keep enjoying the 1000+ mile crusing range of this excellent car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th June, 2003

18th Apr 2004, 19:25

I fully agree with the above.

I have at 96 passat TDI. I looked around to buy a new car, but found nothing as good.

My only major repairs were to replace driver window motor, exhaust, and I just replaced front struts and rear shocks.

1996 Volkswagen Passat TDI 1.9 TDI

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.9 TDI Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired187 miles
Most recent distance122800 miles
Previous carFord Probe

Summary:

You'll have to pry it from my cold dead hands

Faults:

The driver's window regulator has failed twice.

A replacement Passat diesel has not been made available in North America since 1997.

General Comments:

Quite cheap to run, I habitually get 45+ mpg (US).

I wish I had not gotten the sunroof as I could use the extra inch or two of headroom.

I love this machine - it bridges the gap between high tech VW's and nice simple VW's.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th June, 2003

21st May 2004, 19:53

I guess you're in luck, there is now a passat diesel on the North American market again!

1996 Volkswagen Passat GLX VR6

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission VR6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired33000 miles
Most recent distance77000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Quantum

Summary:

Nice performance and comfort, but expensive maintenance and repair costs

Faults:

Automatic transmission beginning to have problems (slipping, some fluid leaking). Very prevalent problem in this particular year and model.

General Comments:

Comfortable car that performs well for a sedan, but dealer service is extremely poor and costly and maintenance is expensive.

$60 oil changes due to design.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 2nd May, 2003

1996 Volkswagen Passat GLX VR6

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission VR6 Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired27000 miles
Most recent distance86000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Jetta

Summary:

I am not happy with this car at all

Faults:

I replaced both drivers side door handles. The front passenger side window frequently gets stuck open. The front drivers side window is currently making a horrible clanking noise. The car gets very poor gas mileage. Left front bearings need replacing. The transmission is slipping and slamming into gear when cold. Dashboard instruments occasionally reset by themselves upon starting the car. Last year the car was stuck in third gear, therefore requiring the transmission computer to be replaced.

General Comments:

The car handles awesome and has amazing power.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th February, 2003

1996 Volkswagen Passat GLS 2.0 Gas

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 Gas Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired89000 miles
Most recent distance115000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Jetta

Summary:

A Nice sporty looking sedan for very little

Faults:

The O2 Sensor Before the cat went out shortly after I purchased car, $280.00 installed.

Clear coat on paint flaked off entire roof and trunk, not repaired.

Passenger side door handle cracked.

Otherwise a very nice and reliable daily driver.

Driving without snow tires a bit sketchy.

General Comments:

The 96 Passat GLS is a fine car. The 2.0 liter gas engine is somewhat lacking in the area of performance, but it keeps up with traffic. You sometimes find yourself really pushing the 2.0 liter engine to get up and go when passing, accelerating etc,. Gas mileage is great if you drive it nicely. The lines of the car are nice and look rather sporty for a mid size sedan. I have used Amsoil synthetic oil in the car and the engine always ran very smoothly and did not consume a drop of oil even after long trips. The 2.0 is quite reliable if taken care of. The ride quality is nice, seat adjustments are cool, A/C blows ice cold. Cornering is satisfactory, but the stature of the car causes a bit of body roll. With Snow tires the car does quite well in the snow, I highly reccomend Blizzaks or Winterfire's for those of you in the snow belts.

I am a believer in VW's, I am in the process of purchasing a 98 Jetta gt and will continue to purchase VW's in the future.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th December, 2002

Average review marks: 6.2 / 10, based on 23 reviews