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Not the ultimate VW; maybe the next gen is better by Dukeboy22 on 11/19/2008. Trim: 1997 Volkswagen Passat GLX, Owned more than 10 years.
Pros: Nice handling, decent acceleration, and a quite good highway feel. The car definitely stays staight on the highway at speeds of 75 mph.
Cons: CONSTANT EXPENSIVE REPAIRS: Windows, just plain and simple, do not work. Either the motor/regulator is bad, and the track is off. They simply do not close properly, wonderful for bad weather. 2nd, the turn signal by the headlights are falling out. Yes, they do not stay attached to the car. AC problem. $1,500. Check Engine Light: Has never turned off. Yes, it has been looked at by VW on numerous occasions. Transmission: It will stck until you get it 'serviced'. Mind you, the tranny fluid cannot ever be changed. The tranny case has no hole for it.
Overall review: Nice looking car that drives well, I would NOT recommend anyone ever to get this. The maintenance is just too much for what you pay. We bought this car brand new, off the lot, in 1997, for my father, with the 100k warranty. Outside of the smooth ride, the car just seemed to fall apart after 50k miles. I would not recommend this car.
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High Horse TDI by Badger402 on 08/13/2005. Trim: 1997 Volkswagen Passat TDI, Owned 4 years.
Pros: Style, fuel economy, performance, user freindly, and ease of "Fix it yourself and modify".
Cons: Rear veiw mirror too large for front window.
Overall review: I really love this car. It is easy to modify with real results in power and economy. Very solid.
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Fuel friendly by Daniel from Ripon, CA on 05/18/2004. Trim: 1997 Volkswagen Passat TDI, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: Killer Fuel Economy, nice interior, really a nice car. The diesel is fairly reliable if you can keep it maintained, and its a great family car.
Cons: VW's build quality is ok. Its just that so many things tend to go wrong. Brakes are ok. kinda slow.
Overall review: Little things mostly, like the wires between the door and the car, tend to split makeing your windows not work. They Mechnism that rolls the window up stops working. The intake manifold clogs up. There are so many things that tend to go wrong. As long as your on top of them its not that bad, but if you let them build up, you're going to end up with a junker. Its also not that fast, unless you chip it. Then its ok. The car is a great car right now for me, but with 43 mpg, I cant compain.
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beware of repair by An MSN Autos Consumer on 03/26/2003. Trim: 1997 Volkswagen Passat TDI, Owned 6 years.
Pros: great torque even without a "p" chip but....see below
Cons: qualified service techies who actually know something about TDI engines are apparently all deceased if they ever lived; engine stalls out every few days for a couple of minutes; also crud in intake built up within 60k miles and cost over $2k to clean out!
Overall review: If the con's ever get ironed out somehow, I hope to be driving it for another 6 years at least.
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Wonderful Diesel by An MSN Autos Consumer on 03/12/2003. Trim: 1997 Volkswagen Passat TDI, Owned 6 years.
Pros: Gas mileage is wonderful (avg 43-44mpg) with good pickup and great cruising comfort.
Cons: (No data provided)
Overall review: Great car at a great price
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