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Volkswagen Passat B5 (1997–2000)

Last updated 30 March 2016

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.
Updated 1 April 2004

Worldwide recall of 870,000 1996-1999 Passat, 1994-1999 A4, 1997-1999 A6 and 1994-1999 A8s for "free check for possible damage of the rubber bellows of the front axle. The problem could lead to premature...

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Passat B5 1997-2001. Reverted to longitudinal front wheel drive.

Owners' reviews

"She may not look much, but she's got it where it counts"
Quick,reliable and economical. This is the car to go for (and audi a4 tdi) simply brilliant!
Reliable, good motorway cruiser, still looks new, engine fantastic, not a spec of rust !!!

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