Reverse gear failures and noise in the manual transmission models are common.
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1996 Volkswagen Passat
1996 Volkswagen Passat Problems
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.
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.
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)
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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.
1996 Volkswagen Passat Questions and Answers
code comes up for a camshaft sensor, do not know where it is at.car runs ruff, hard to start.
how do you check the fluid level and add fluid
oxygen sensor replaced and was sent to vw dealer for connection
a/ c does not blow cold everything is working and has new freon in it?
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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