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null 1997 Volkswagen Passat

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Specs, Warranty & Reliability

The table below shows all 1997 Volkswagen Passat specs by style, including MPG (fuel economy), transmission details, and interior and exterior dimensions. Additionally, find 1997 Volkswagen Passat warranty and reliability information, such as limits on bumper-to-bumper coverage and major components.

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  • Overview
    MSRP *$19,430$19,860$21,890
    Invoice *$17,498$17,882$19,694
    Engine1.9L I-4 90 HP1.9L I-4 90 HP2.8L V-6 172 HP
    Transmission5-spd man w/OD5-spd man w/OD5-spd man w/OD
    Fuel Economy City38.0 mpg38.0 mpg19.0 mpg
    Fuel Economy Hwy47.0 mpg47.0 mpg26.0 mpg
    Bumper to Bumper Months/Miles24/24,00024/24,00024/24,000
  • Powertrain
    Engine1.9L I-4 90 HP1.9L I-4 90 HP2.8L V-6 172 HP
    Transmission5-spd man w/OD5-spd man w/OD5-spd man w/OD
    Alternator120 amp120 amp120 amp
    Battery72 amp72 amp60 amp
    Axle Ratio3.393.393.39
    Recommended Fuel Typedieseldieselregular unleaded
    Fuel Tank18.5 gal.18.5 gal.18.5 gal.
    Exhaustnon stainless steelnon stainless steelnon stainless steel
    Drive Typefront-wheelfront-wheelfront-wheel
    Traction ControlN/AN/AABS
  • Steering and Suspension
    Front Suspensionstrutstrutstrut
    Front Anti-Roll Barfront anti-roll barfront anti-roll barfront anti-roll bar
    Front Springscoilcoilcoil
    Rear Suspensiontorsion beam beamtorsion beam beamtorsion beam beam
    Rear Anti-Roll Barrear anti-roll barrear anti-roll barrear anti-roll bar
    Rear Springscoilcoilcoil
    Steeringrack & pinionrack & pinionrack & pinion
    Brakes4-wheel disc4-wheel disc4-wheel disc
    Vented Disc Brakesfrontfrontfront
    Wheels14.0 " steel14.0 " steel15.0 " silver aluminum
    Front TiresP195/60HR14.0BSW ASP195/60HR14.0BSW ASP215/50HR15.0BSW AS
    Spare Tire and Wheelcompact steelcompact steelcompact steel
  • Seating and Interior
    Seating Capacity555
    Front Seat Typebucketbucketbucket
    Front Headrestsadjustable w/tiltadjustable w/tiltadjustable w/tilt
    Front Armrestscenter w/storagecenter w/storagecenter w/storage
    Front Driver Seat Direction Controls6-way6-way6-way
    Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls6-way6-way6-way
    Rear Seats60-40 bench60-40 bench60-40 bench
    Rear Headrestsadjustableadjustableadjustable
    Rear Armrestscentercentercenter
    Seat Trimpremium clothpremium clothpremium cloth
    Door Trimcloth w/carpet lowercloth w/carpet lowercloth w/carpet lower
    Headlinerfull clothfull clothfull cloth
    Floor Trimcarpetcarpetcarpet
    Gear Shift Knob TrimN/AN/Aleather
  • Comfort and Conveniences
    Roof FeaturesN/Aroof rackN/A
    Vanity Mirrorsdual illuminateddual illuminateddual illuminated
    Rearview Mirrorday-nightday-nightday-night
    Dome Lightfadefadefade
    Reading Lightsfront & rearfront & rearfront & rear
    Floor Consolefullfullfull
    Cup Holderfront and rearfront and rearfront and rear
    Seatback Storage222
    Door Binsdualdualdual
    Rear Door Binsrear door binsrear door binsrear door bins
    Cargo Floor Trimcarpetedcarpetedcarpeted
    Trunk Lid Trimcarpetcarpetcarpet
    Cargo CoverN/ArigidN/A
    Cargo Lightcargo lightcargo lightcargo light
    Front Air Conditioningmanualmanualmanual
    Air Filterair filterair filterair filter
    Rear Heat Ductsunderseat ductsunderseat ductsunderseat ducts
    Radiopremium AM/FM stereo, seek-scanpremium AM/FM stereo, seek-scanpremium AM/FM stereo, seek-scan
    CDcompatiblecompatiblecompatible
    Speakers888
    Radio Theft Deterrentradio theft deterrentradio theft deterrentradio theft deterrent
    Antennafixedfixedfixed
    Cruise Controlcruise controlcruise controlcruise control
    Door Lockspower with 2 stage unlockpower with 2 stage unlockpower with 2 stage unlock
    Trunk/Hatch/Door ReleasepowerN/Apower
    Rear Child Safety Door Locksrear child safety door locksrear child safety door locksrear child safety door locks
    Fuel Filler Door Releasefuel filler door releasefuel filler door releasefuel filler door release
    Power Outlets111
    Driver Foot Restdriver foot restdriver foot restdriver foot rest
    Instrument Displayanaloganaloganalog
    Tachometertachometertachometertachometer
    Water Temp Gaugeengine temperature gaugeengine temperature gaugeengine temperature gauge
    Clockin-dashin-dashin-dash
    Exterior TemperatureN/AN/Aexterior temperature
    Trip ComputerN/AN/Atrip computer
    Trip Odometertrip odometertrip odometertrip odometer
    Steering Wheeltilttilttilt
    Steering Wheel MaterialN/AN/Aleather
    Front Windowspowerpowerpower
    Rear Windowspowerpowerpower
    1-Touch Openfront and rearfront and rearfront and rear
    Tinted Windowslightlightlight
    Front Windshield Wipersvariable intermittentvariable intermittentvariable intermittent
    Rear Windshield WiperN/Afixed intervalN/A
    Rear Defrosterrear defrosterrear defrosterrear defroster
  • Safety
    Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS)N/AN/A4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS)
    Daytime Running Lightsdaytime running lightsdaytime running lightsdaytime running lights
    Center High Mounted Stop Lightcenter high mounted stop lightcenter high mounted stop lightcenter high mounted stop light
    Front Impact Airbagsdriver and passengerdriver and passengerdriver and passenger
    Seatbelt Pretensionersfrontfrontfront
    Ignition Disableimmobilizerimmobilizerimmobilizer
    Security Systemsecurity systemsecurity systemsecurity system
  • Dimensions and Capacities
    Door Count4 doors4 doors4 doors
    Maximum Cargo Volume14.4 cu.ft.78.5 cu.ft.14.4 cu.ft.
    Exterior Length181.5 "181.0 "181.5 "
    Exterior Width67.5 "67.5 "67.5 "
    Exterior Height56.4 "58.7 "56.4 "
    Wheelbase103 "103 "103 "
    Front Tread58 "58 "58 "
    Rear Tread56 "56 "56 "
    Turning Radius17.7 '17.7 '19.1 '
    Curb Weight3,009 lbs.3,009 lbs.3,097 lbs.
    Drag Coefficient.31.34.33
    Front Legroom45.1 "45.1 "45.1 "
    Rear Legroom37.0 "37.0 "37.0 "
    Front Headroom39.3 "39.9 "39.3 "
    Rear Headroom36.6 "38.3 "36.6 "
    Front Shoulder Room55.0 "55.0 "55.0 "
    Rear Shoulder Room54.0 "54.0 "54.0 "
    Passenger Volume99 cu.ft.102 cu.ft.99 cu.ft.
    Interior Cargo Volume14.4 cu.ft.34.2 cu.ft.14.4 cu.ft.
    Interior Cargo Volume w/Seats FoldedN/A78.5 cu.ft.N/A
  • Exterior Features
    Rear SpoilerlipN/Alip
    Bumpersbody-coloredbody-coloredbody-colored
    Rear Step BumperN/Arear step bumperN/A
    Bodyside Moldingsbody-coloredbody-coloredbody-colored
    Grille Moldingsblackblackblack
    Paintmonotonemonotonemonotone
    Exterior Mirrorsdual power remote heateddual power remote heateddual power remote heated
  • Warranty
    Bumper to Bumper Months/Miles24/24,00024/24,00024/24,000
    Major Components Months/Miles120/100,000120/100,000120/100,000
    Corrosion Perforation Months/Miles72/unlimited72/unlimited72/unlimited
    Roadside Assistance Months/Miles24/unlimited24/unlimited24/unlimited
    Maintenance Months/Miles24/24,00024/24,00024/24,000
    Accessories Months/Miles96/80,00096/80,00096/80,000
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Safety Rating

Below is the 1997 Volkswagen Passat safety rating information and crash results as reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The ratings are based on a star system and can vary by style.
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