|Midsize car; Built in Germany|
|Good condition price range: $1,500 – $2,400*|
1995 Volkswagen Passat 4-door sedan
1995 Volkswagen Passat 4-door wagon
1995 Volkswagen Passat GLS 4-door sedan
1997 Volkswagen Passat GLX 4-door wagon
1997 Volkswagen Passat GLX 4-door sedan
Roomy, sporty, well-equipped: All told, this is an interesting and competent alternative to Japanese-brand sedans.
Volkswagen extensively revamped its compact sedan and station wagon for 1995, though using mechanical components similar to those in the 1990-94 version. Passats got a “waterfall” grille and integrated rear spoiler. Dual airbags and manual 3-point seatbelts with emergency tensioners replaced motorized front belts. The GLX model, available as either a sedan or wagon, came with ample equipment and Volkswagen’s narrow-angle 2.8-liter V6 engine. A value-leading GLS model, added later in the 1995 model year, came only as a sedan, powered by a 115-horsepower, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. Both models came standard with a 5-speed manual transmission, and a 4-speed automatic was optional. Antilock 4-wheel disc brakes were standard on the GLX, and optional on the GLS.
A new high-mileage Turbo Direct Injection (TDI) diesel engine emerged during 1996. TDI Passats came only with 5-speed manual shift. New daytime running lights caused headlamps to illuminate automatically, at reduced intensity, whenever the ignition was switched on.
After barely more than a year’s run, the 4-cylinder gasoline GLS Passat dropped out, due to lack of buyer interest. Otherwise, Passats changed little. Passats were fully redesigned for 1998, related to the Audi A4.