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1997 Volkswagen Passat
|General comfort, simplicity of everything. we generally love it.||Difficult to get in & out of driver / passenger side doors. design error|
|Mileage - by far exceeded suggested mileage - 44 mpg||Side and rear visibility especially at night|
|Steering & handling is incredible. i love the way it corners||No led tail lights or hid head lights|
|The v-6 engine - powerful when needed.||Driver's seat seat adjustment towards front - not adjustable|
|Not a noisy diesel which starts in very cold weather||Could not get a standard shift with sunroof|
|Leg room for passengers in rear||Sun roof sounds like a tornado when open|
|Push button start - love not having to find my keys.||Transmission kicks into forward when engine is cold|
|Electronics, especially touch display panel||Non linear throttle response when backing up|
|The driving range between fuel-ups is great||Slow response of engine during acceleration & in traffic|
|Lots of space everywhere: seats, trunk,boxes,etc.||2.5 l engine is way underpowered for this car.|
The 1997 Passat is a 4-door, 5-passenger family sedan, sports sedan, or wagon, available in 4 trims, ranging from the TDI Sedan to the GLX Wagon.
Upon introduction, the TDI Sedan is equipped with a standard 1.9-liter, I4, 90-horsepower, turbo, diesel engine that achieves 38-mpg in the city and 47-mpg on the highway. A 5-speed manual transmission with overdrive is standard. The GLX Wagon is equipped with a standard 2.8-liter, V6, 172-horsepower engine that achieves 19-mpg in the city and 26-mpg on the highway. A 5-speed manual transmission with overdrive is standard, and a 4-speed automatic transmission with overdrive is optional.
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