Reverse gear failures and noise in the manual transmission models are common.
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Most reported 1993 Volkswagen Passat problems
Ignition wire breakdown is common, resulting in misfires.
One or both head lights may not work due to premature head light bulb burnout and/or bulb harness failure. Care should be taken to inspect the head light harness connector for damage when replacing bulbs. Damaged connectors should be replaced.