Review: Volkswagen Passat (1997 – 2000)
Solid family saloon that exudes class and quality inside. Refined, comfortable cruiser. Good rear headroom. TDIs very economical.
Nothing like as reliable or well built as the cabin ambience would incline you to believe. Overlight steering and vague gearshift.
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Volkswagen Passat (1997 – 2000): At A Glance
Passat B5 1997-2001. Reverted to longitudinal front wheel drive.
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