Due to the breakdown of the throw out bearing, premature clutch failure is common.
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Most reported 1996 Volkswagen EuroVan problems
Aging plastic components in the cooling system—including the connecting pipes to the radiator—can fail unexpectedly.
The rear brakes tend to wear out quickly; rotors may need replacement by the first brake job. Our technicians recommend that the brakes be inspected for wear regularly.
Reverse gear failures in the manual transmission models are common.
The idle stabilizer valve may fail, causing engine stalling or excessively high idle speeds.