1996 Volkswagen Passat Repair and Maintenance

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


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1996 Volkswagen Passat
$749 to $989
1996 Volkswagen Passat
$137 to $224

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

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

Ignition wire breakdown is common, resulting in misfires.

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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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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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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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