1996 Volkswagen Passat Repair and Maintenance

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

1996 Volkswagen Passat Problems

Engine Overheating Due to Damaged Water Pump Impeller

A damaged water pump impeller may cause an engine overheating condition. Our technicians tell us the repair should include replacement of the water pump, thermostat, and flushing the cooling system.

Coolant and Oil Leaks

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

Coolant Leak From Oil Filter Housing O-ring

A coolant leak may develop after oil filter replacement. The coolant o-ring seal can be damaged if the oil filter housing turns when removing or installing the oil filter. The recommended procedure is to hold the filter housing when tightening or loosening the oil filter.

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1996 Volkswagen Passat Questions

remove/replace water distribution pipe (1 answer)

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

How many liters/quarts for transmission oil change (1 answer)

How much fluid needed to change oil

replace ignition switch (1 answer)

want to replace ignition switch

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1996 Volkswagen Passat Recalls

Volkswagen Recalls 1996 Passat Models Due to Failed Ignition Switch Assembly

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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