Reverse gear failures and noise in the manual transmission models are common.
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Most reported 1994 Volkswagen Passat problems
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.
Shifting issues due to internal problems in high mileage automatic transmissions can be difficult to resolve without transmission replacement.