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1996 Volkswagen Passat TDI Problems

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Most Common 1996 Volkswagen Passat TDI Problems

Because of issues with the glow plugs and/or the glow plug wiring harness from the control relay, the Check Engine Light may illuminate. Our technicians tell us there is a service bulletin, not a ...
Oil and carbon tend to build up, creating restrictions in the intake manifold. Symptoms will be loss of power (sometimes severe) and poor fuel economy.
Reverse gear failures and noise in the manual transmission models are common.
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0 Known 1996 Volkswagen Passat TDI Brakes Problems

2 Known 1996 Volkswagen Passat TDI 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 TDI Electrical & Lights Problems

3 Known 1996 Volkswagen Passat TDI Engine Problems

Oil and carbon tend to build up, creating restrictions in the intake manifold. Symptoms will be loss of power (sometimes severe) and poor fuel economy.
Cars using biofuel typically have problems with injection pump failures; symptoms can include a "no start" condition or external pump leaks.
To ensure longevity of the engine, our technicians recommend to follow the maintenance schedule for the timing belt.

1 Known 1996 Volkswagen Passat TDI Exhaust & Emissions Problem

Because of issues with the glow plugs and/or the glow plug wiring harness from the control relay, the Check Engine Light may illuminate. Our technicians tell us there is a service bulletin, not a ...

0 Known 1996 Volkswagen Passat TDI Heating & Air Conditioning Problems

0 Known 1996 Volkswagen Passat TDI Maintenance Problems

0 Known 1996 Volkswagen Passat TDI Miscellaneous Problems

0 Known 1996 Volkswagen Passat TDI Suspension & Steering Problems

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Known 1996 Volkswagen Passat TDI Problems & Complaints

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. Our technicians tell us there is a service bulletin, not a ...
Oil and carbon tend to build up, creating restrictions in the intake manifold. Symptoms will be loss of power (sometimes severe) and poor fuel economy.
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.
Cars using biofuel typically have problems with injection pump failures; symptoms can include a "no start" condition or external pump leaks.
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