1997 Volkswagen Passat

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3 reviews
Available Price Range $3,000-$3,000 Trims4 Combined MPG 22-42 Seats 5

Our Take on the 1997 Volkswagen Passat

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Since the Volkswagen Passat bowed in 1997, it has had a dramatic influence on the landscape of the midsize sedan segment. The Passat elevated the family sedan art form and proved that "stodgy" and "sedan" don't always have to appear in the same sentence. It was lean, lithe and athletic. Even as it matured with new front and rear fascias, a revised interior and a variety of powerplants, i... Read Full Review

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Consumer Reviews

3.7 out of 5

Based on 3 reviews

Fahrvergnugen is alive and well

by eurodiesels forever from DC metro area on May 19, 2009

The Passat TDI is great fun to drive. It is like the VW folks distilled the essence of driving fun and injected it into their cars. The 1997 Passat TDI is the best long-distance cruiser I ever have d... Read Full Review

4 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up. It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There is currently 1 recall for this car.

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