1996 Volkswagen Passat Tdi Sedan 4-door 1.9l on 2040-cars
Delaware, Ohio, United States
1996 Vw Passat Tdi 276,000 miles
5speed, AC, Sunroof, power everything
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I’ve owned this Tdi for about 5 years and it’s been my daily
driver for my 100 mile round trip to work. Averaging from about 45mpg to a more
It starts every time and drives very well. Recent new tires
and rims (less then 9 months) Shifts fine. Traded this off a family that had an
autistic son, he did a number on the interior but I removed it and hand cleaned
it…looks great although the header line is missing (see photos).
Since I’ve had it I’ve replaced
- · Water Pump @ approx: 200K
Timing belt, idler and tension pulley,
Rotella 4W30 Synth oil every 7500K miles
Fuel filter every 15K miles
Shift linkage part about a year old
Fixed foam from heater duct that increases
heating (very warm in winter)
Replace AC condenser twice (part in front by
radiator) but have a small leak in system…doesn’t hold charge very long. Went
Several glow plugs replaced around 230K
The reason I’m selling this is it’s now a 4th car
in the family as my wife got anew one. Since it’s the oldest of our 3 used cars
I made the hard decision to sell it. Due to the start of rust and the fact it
needs some basic attention it seemed like the one to sell. This is a rock solid
car and starts and will drive you to work 24/7 even in the dead of winter.
I’m a “car guy” which means I know this car inside and out
and know how to service it…but it doesn’t mean it’s a museum piece either since
it was my commuter.
Here are some negatives to consider:
Clear coat has been pealing for small time.
Reasonable imperfections on body for a 17-18
year old car including small dent, surface/bubble rust.
Rear driver side window will not go down
Front passenger side door doesn’t open from
outside but does from inside
A front driver window has come off the rails,
which means it doesn’t go up or down without some “love”.
I pulled the factory radio, as it wasn’t working
The LCD on the center dial (dash) is starting to
have some lines going out so the mileage is getting hard to read but you only
have to stare at it for a minute to figure out that it’s currently at 275,913.
Due to my style of driving (free way) the brakes
don’t get much a work out which means they pulse from heat ups of the inorganic
brakes. Therefor they currently have a
slightly pulse and I have an extra set of rotors I turn ever 6-9 months and
swap out. The extra rotors are in great shape and come with it.
Missing front parking lights…they fail and break
easily. The aftermarket ones I bought failed and broke too…but you can get
another set on ebay for $30 from china.
After replacing the valve cover gasket at the
last timing belt change it didn’t seem to get the greatest seal so there is
some slight leakage around the valve cover gasket. Overall the engine is very
The radiator should be replaced soon but has
been like this for well over a year…it never drips on the floor but you can
smell it. I’m sure some bars-leak would help it along for another winter.
The alarm system was getting angry a few years
back so the relay was pulled so it would not give me a problem at the wrong
Here are some of the great things about this car…
It will not die! Like most Tdi engines of this
generation it’s proven to be indescribable. It starts, has good compression and
hustles down the road.
The AC system is solid and works great it just
has a leak after the last time I replaced the condenser…it worked for about a
week before it blew out the Freon so if you are not a AC DIY guy I’m sure a
shop could have it going for close to nothing.
The 5speed and clutch are in good shape.
Drives straight down the road (doesn’t pull) but
I did mean to get a front end alignment after putting $650 worth of rims and
tires on it last spring…so it’s due.
Extra rotors that I think I had turned already
2 sets of keys, manuals and some Bentley stuff.
So who is this for?
Someone needing a high MPG highway commuter car, is a Vw Tdi
guy or just a Vw guy in general that knows how to work on these. It’s far from
perfect but a HIGHLY dependable daily driver…I just feel if I’m going to keep
it I would need to put about $500-800 in it over the next year to get it to the
quality that I want…but I’ve been dumping to much money in my two Volvos which
are newer and also dependable (but have lots of fancy electronics to go wrong).
I know some Tdi guys that want this just for the engine but
to build the engine for swaps in Vanagons and Jeeps…but I’m not wanting their
low ball offer right now. This is a solid car for the right person and these
are very desired within that community…demanding twice the price of a gas
Passat of similar years.
The car is located in Delaware Ohio and I’m pretty much only
available on evening and weekend until early December…then it gets a bit
tighter to test drive it as my job increases. So call soon and get it now! I
won’t meet you in a parking lot and I’m not interested in getting you at the
Will it make it back to Anchorage, most likely yes...but who knows.
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During a gathering of 20,000 Volkswagen Group employees at company headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany on Wednesday, CEO Martin Winterkorn dropped a bombshell. The boss stated that the automaker isn't operating efficiently enough and admitted the company needs to radically start cutting back to raise its profit margins. To right the ship, Winterkorn has proposed killing off less profitable models and spending less on research and development.
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According to Reuters, Winterkorn wants to raise the VW brand's profit margin from about 2.9 percent in 2013 to a target of 6 percent. To make that possible, his plan amounts to increasing cost cutting until Volkswagen reaches about 5 billion euros ($6.7 billion) per year to get things back in order. "Over the short-term, we urgently need more efficiency and higher profit," the CEO said during his speech, according to Reuters.
However, Winterkorn can't make these decisions unilaterally. Volkswagen's works council also has a seat on the supervisory board to represent laborers, and it isn't likely to take the proposed cuts sitting down.
Forgive the ribbon up top - this isn't so much of a Read This as a Look At This. Ran When Parked took a tour of the sprawling Volkswagen Museum in Wolfsburg, and while there's a spot of text about the different and unique vehicles on display in the rotating exhibits, it's largely the collection of pictures of odd, one-off VW-badged cars and vans that excites. If you're a fan of the weird and wild, this is a post you'll want to look at.
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As RWP points out, this is the larger, but less busy, museum targeted purely at Volkswagen products. The smaller AutoStadt museum, meanwhile, covers a much broader swath, with products from other Volkswagen Group members. Click on over to view the extensive gallery of high-quality images from Ran When Parked.
Meet the Volkswagen baby CC. Okay, that's not really it's name (VW calls it the New Midsize Coupe Concept), but this sleek, four-door coupe draws more than a little inspiration from the CC while riding on VW's MQB platform.
It's a looker, we think, and is an eye-pleasing departure from the bland styling of the current Jetta. The sleeker front end is complemented by a wider body overall (it's wider than a Passat), while the more sporting roofline and the sharp rear fascia gives the New Midsize Coupe a decidedly sporting character. LED head- and taillights add a bit more personality to this already stylish design.
Thanks to its 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder, it should get along rather sportingly, as well. The run to 62 miles per hour takes just 6.5 seconds thanks to the 217 horsepower on offer. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is also fitted, and contributes to an estimated 37 miles per gallon.