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1996 Volkswagen Passat Problems

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Most Common 1996 Volkswagen Passat Problems

The water pump and/or other cooling system may develop a coolant leak. Oil leaking from the valve cover gasket is also common.
Reverse gear failures and noise in the manual transmission models are common.
Ignition wire breakdown is common, resulting in misfires.
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0 Known 1996 Volkswagen Passat Brakes Problems

2 Known 1996 Volkswagen Passat Drive Train Problems

Reverse gear failures and noise in the manual transmission models are common.
Extensive transmission damage can occur in some of the automatic transmission models when the transmission oil cooler fails and allows coolant to mix with the automatic transmission fluid.

0 Known 1996 Volkswagen Passat Electrical & Lights Problems

7 Known 1996 Volkswagen Passat Engine Problems

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.
A damaged water pump impeller may cause an engine overheating condition. Our technicians tell us the repair should include replacement of the water pump, thermostat, and flushing the cooling system.

3 Known 1996 Volkswagen Passat Exhaust & Emissions Problems

Poor drivability symptoms—including hard starting—can be caused by coolant temperature sensor and oxygen sensor faults.
The Check Engine Light may illuminate as a result of a oxygen sensor and coolant temperature sensor fail. Replacement if the failed part will be necessary to correct this issue.
Because of issues with the glow plugs and/or the glow plug wiring harness from the control relay, the Check Engine Light may illuminate.

0 Known 1996 Volkswagen Passat Heating & Air Conditioning Problems

0 Known 1996 Volkswagen Passat Maintenance Problems

0 Known 1996 Volkswagen Passat Miscellaneous Problems

0 Known 1996 Volkswagen Passat Suspension & Steering Problems

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Known 1996 Volkswagen Passat Problems & Complaints

Throttle body failure is not uncommon and can lead to shifting issues with the automatic transmission and other drivability concerns.
The water pump and/or other cooling system may develop a coolant leak. Oil leaking from the valve cover gasket is also common.
To ensure longevity of the engine, our technicians recommend to follow the maintenance schedule for the timing belt.
Reverse gear failures and noise in the manual transmission models are common.
Because of issues with the glow plugs and/or the glow plug wiring harness from the control relay, the Check Engine Light may illuminate.
The Check Engine Light may illuminate as a result of a oxygen sensor and coolant temperature sensor fail. Replacement if the failed part will be necessary to correct this issue.
Ignition wire breakdown is common, resulting in misfires.
A damaged water pump impeller may cause an engine overheating condition. Our technicians tell us the repair should include replacement of the water pump, thermostat, and flushing the cooling system.
A coolant leak may develop after oil filter replacement. The coolant o-ring seal can be damaged if the oil filter housing turns when removing or installing the oil filter. The recommended procedur...
Cars using biofuel typically have problems with injection pump failures; symptoms can include a "no start" condition or external pump leaks.
Extensive transmission damage can occur in some of the automatic transmission models when the transmission oil cooler fails and allows coolant to mix with the automatic transmission fluid.
Poor drivability symptoms—including hard starting—can be caused by coolant temperature sensor and oxygen sensor faults.
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