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1996 Volkswagen Passat Repair and Maintenance

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

1996 Volkswagen Passat Problems

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

Ignition wire breakdown is common, resulting in misfires.

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

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1996 Volkswagen Passat Questions

how do you remove/replace the water distribution pipe on a 96 passat 2.8l

How much fluid needed to change oil

want to replace ignition switch

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1996 Volkswagen Passat Recalls

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 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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