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1996 Volkswagen Passat TDI Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1996 Volkswagen Passat TDI

1996 Volkswagen Passat TDI Problems

Because of issues with the glow plugs and/or the glow plug wiring harness from the control relay, the Check Engine Light may illuminate. Our technicians tell us there is a service bulletin, not a recall from Volkswagen regarding replacement of the glow plugs on 2004-2005 model years only.

    Reverse gear failures and noise in the manual transmission models are common.

    Cars using biofuel typically have problems with injection pump failures; symptoms can include a "no start" condition or external pump leaks.

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    1996 Volkswagen Passat TDI Questions

    driving car 60 mph and it redlined. Tried to shut off by turning off key and it kept running. Friend (mechanic), says he found the "turbo" behind motor and in front of firewall seized up and it was running on oil? Help with diagnosing would be appreciated. Only has 140,000 miles on it

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