(3.2) 5 reviews
MSRP: $1,356$3,252
Body Style: Sedan
Combined MPG: 22-41
Engine: 115-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
Transmission: 4-speed automatic w/OD
1996 Volkswagen Passat


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Noisy. Dirty. Smelly. If those are your impressions of diesel engines, you haven't been in the 1996 Volkswagen Passat TDI, which may be the sleeper family sedan of the year. The Passat tends to get lost in the shuffle next to high-profile competitors like the Ford Taurus, Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. And shoppers may have bad memories of the previous generation of diesel engines. B... Read full review for the 1996 Volkswagen Passat

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Fun to Drive, Easy to Fix..

by VW Driver from Chicago, IL on February 20, 2008

I've owned this car for 1 1/2 years since Jan. 07 and for it's age it still handles really well, has a couple issues here and there every now and then, but what older car doesn't, and it's a really co... Read Full Review

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