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Volkswagen Passat 1996

The 1996 Volkswagen Passat range of configurations is currently priced from $2,800. Our most recent review of the 1996 Volkswagen Passat resulted in a score of 7 out of 10 for that particular example. You can read the full review here.

This is what Ewan Kennedy liked most about this particular version of the Volkswagen Passat: Cheaper than the more prestigious marques from the same country, Good handling

The 1996 Volkswagen Passat carries a braked towing capacity of up to 1500 Kg, but check to ensure this applies to the configuration you're considering.

The Volkswagen Passat is also known as the Volkswagen Dasher, the Volkswagen Quantum, the Volkswagen Santana, the Volkswagen Corsar, the Volkswagen Magotan (China) and the Volkswagen Carat in markets outside Australia.

Volkswagen Passat 1996 Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Volkswagen Passat here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • How do I fold in the wing mirrors on my 2017 Volkswagen Passat?

    From what I can gather, the 2017 Passat in its Australian-delivered configuration doesn’t include the ability to automatically fold its mirrors in when you lock the doors. Certainly, you can do this manually for when you tackle an automatic car-wash, but that becomes tedious if you want the mirrors folded every time you lock and leave the car.

    But what’s interesting is that the car in other markets does, in fact, incorporate this feature, so it’s entirely possible, since your car already has the hardware) that the function is buried away deep, deep inside the set-up menus with a series of incomprehensible steps required to enable the function. Modern cars are subject to numerous hacks like this one, and a VW dealer might be able to point you in the right direction. It’s a handy feature and one that is valued highly by those who park on narrow streets each night. Actually, that’s why European versions of the Passat have the function in the first place, but it seems a bit mean that VW would drop it for our market.

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  • Volkswagen Passat 2012: What does the flashing wrench indicator mean?

    Hi Chloe, the wrench symbol is the service indicator light on this generation of Passat. I would take the car to your nearest licenced mechanical repairer and have them read the fault codes logged in the ECU, which is basically your car’s brain. Basically, when a part of your car stops working properly it sends an error message to the ECU, which has an error code it can display when the mechanic plugs their scan tool into the computer. This model Passat had an issue where the service light would come on, requiring the ECU’s software to be updated by the dealer. I’d take the car in and see what error codes come up as the first job.

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  • Volkswagen Passat 2013: Is my car safe after a transmission failure?

    There is little chance of anything else being damaged as a result of the transmission failure. I understand your concern about the safety of the car given your experience when the transmission failed and left you in a precarious situation, but the chances of it happening again are pretty slim now it has been repaired.

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  • Volkswagen Passat: Key replacement cost

    You can go to your dealer to get your key fob replaced, but without more information about your vehicle I can't guarantee how cheap it will be. If you don't want to go to your dealer to get your key fob replaced, check out this article for more options.

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Volkswagen Passat 1996 Price and Specs

The Volkswagen Passat 1996 is currently available from $2,800 for the Passat GL up to $5,500 for the Passat GL VR6.

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GL Sedan 2.0L ULP 4 SP AUTO $3,000 $5,170
GL Sedan 2.0L ULP 5 SP MAN $2,800 $4,840
GL VR6 Sedan 2.8L ULP 4 SP AUTO $3,400 $5,500
GL VR6 Sedan 2.8L ULP 5 SP MAN $3,100 $5,280
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Volkswagen Passat 1996 Dimensions

Dimensions for the 1996 Volkswagen Passat are dependent on which body type is chosen. The maximum width and height is 1720mm x 1430mm and can vary on the basis of model.

Dimensions for the Volkswagen Passat 1996 Dimensions  include 1430mm height, 1720mm width, 4605mm length.
Volkswagen Passat Model Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
GL Sedan 1430x1720x4605 mm
GL VR6 Sedan 1430x1720x4605 mm
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Volkswagen Passat 1996 Wheel size

Wheel size for the 1996 Volkswagen Passat will vary depending on model chosen, although keep in mind that many manufacturers offer alternate wheel sizes as options on many models.The wheel size available will alter the range of tyres available to be fitted. Standard wheel sizes on the Volkswagen Passat vary from 14x6 inches to 15x6 inches.

Volkswagen Passat Model Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
GL Sedan 14x6 inches 14x6 inches
GL VR6 Sedan 15x6 inches 15x6 inches
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Volkswagen Passat 1996 Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption for the 1996 Volkswagen Passat is dependent on the type of engine, transmission, or model chosen. The Volkswagen Passat currently offers fuel consumption from 8 to 10.1L/100km. The Volkswagen Passat is available with the following fuel type: ULP.

Volkswagen Passat Model Body Type Specs Fuel Consumption
GL Sedan 2.0L,ULP,5 SP MAN 8L/100km
GL Sedan 2.0L,ULP,4 SP AUTO 8.5L/100km
GL VR6 Sedan 2.8L,ULP,5 SP MAN 9.4L/100km
GL VR6 Sedan 2.8L,ULP,4 SP AUTO 10.1L/100km
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Volkswagen Passat 1996 Towing capacity

The Volkswagen Passat has maximum towing capacity of 1500kg. Some models also offer heavy-duty or towing option packs which can increase towing capacity, as well as options which can hamper towing capacity. Towing capacities can vary wildly on a large number of factors. These include engine, transmission, model, and options chosen. Always check with the manufacturer or in your vehicles handbook before attempting to tow anything.

Volkswagen Passat Model Body Type Specs Braked Capacity
GL Sedan 2.0L,ULP,5 SP MAN 1500kg
GL Sedan 2.0L,ULP,4 SP AUTO 1500kg
GL VR6 Sedan 2.8L,ULP,5 SP MAN 1500kg
GL VR6 Sedan 2.8L,ULP,4 SP AUTO 1500kg
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