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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 1996 Volkswagen Passat

1996 Volkswagen Passat

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1996 Volkswagen Passat Problems

Drive Train -- Verified

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

Engine -- Verified

Ignition wire breakdown is common, resulting in misfires.

Engine -- Verified

The water pump and/or other cooling system may develop a coolant leak. Oil leaking from the  valve cover gasket is also common.

Drive Train -- Verified

Extensive transmission damage can occur in some of the automatic transmission models when the transmission oil cooler fails and allows coolant to mix with the automatic transmission fluid.

Engine -- Verified

Throttle body failure is not uncommon and can lead to shifting issues with the automatic transmission and other drivability concerns.

1996 Volkswagen Passat Recalls (Recent)

Electrical & Lights, November 20, 2002

RepairPal Expert Overview:

The electrical portion of the ignition switch assembly can fail and cause the headlights and windshield wipers to stop working. This may increase the risk of a crash, especially in rainy or snowy weather. Dealers will replace the electrical part of the ignition switch assembly.

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1996 Volkswagen Passat Questions and Answers

gator racer, 1996 Volkswagen Passat, 6 Cylinder, Rapid City, SD

code comes up for a camshaft sensor, do not know where it is at.car runs ruff, hard to start.

tzeigler, 1996 Volkswagen Passat, 6 Cylinder, Elloree, SC

how do you check the fluid level and add fluid

ute1950, 1996 Volkswagen Passat, 6 Cylinder, Lancaster, PA

oxygen sensor replaced and was sent to vw dealer for connection

lowdown, 1996 Volkswagen Passat, 2.0L 4 Cylinder, Weirton, WV

a/ c does not blow cold everything is working and has new freon in it?

larryblackbelt, 1996 Volkswagen Passat, 2.8L V6, Wynnewood, PA

want to replace ignition switch

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1996 Volkswagen Passat Reviews

I have 96 Passat TDI (diesel) with over 300,000 miles. Other than routine maintenance, and tires of course, the only problem I had was that the master clutch relay recently went out. But hey, I consider that nothing with that many miles on it! It's a great car and still after all these years I still enjoy the heck out of driving it.

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