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1991 Volkswagen Passat Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the 1991 Volkswagen Passat based on complaints from actual vehicle owners. We'll tell you what the problem is and what it'll take to fix it.

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Known Problems

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.

Shifting issues due to internal problems in high mileage automatic transmissions can be difficult to resolve without transmission replacement.