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1997 Volkswagen Passat
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4-Door Sedan Manual TDI
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual TDI 38 47 $17,498 $19,430
4-Door Wagon Manual TDI 38 47 $17,882 $19,860
4-Door Sedan Automatic GLX 18 25 $19,694 $21,890
4-Door Sedan Manual GLX 19 26 $19,694 $21,890
4-Door Wagon Automatic GLX 18 25 $20,078 $22,320
4-Door Wagon Manual GLX 19 26 $20,078 $22,320
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2-Door Coupe LX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe LX 18 26 $16,318 $17,885
Pricing
Invoice Price
$17,498
$16,318
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,430
$17,885
Monthly Payment Estimate
$324 / month
$298 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
Fuel Economy
City
38 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
47 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.0 58.9
Front Leg Room (in)
45.1 42.5
Front Hip Room (in)
-TBD- 55.6
Second Leg Room (in)
37.0 35.8
Front Head Room (in)
39.3 38.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
98.7 101.0
Second Hip Room (in)
-TBD- 56.6
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.0 59.1
Second Head Room (in)
36.6 37.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
56.4 52.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
56.0 60.2
Wheelbase (in)
103.3 113.0
Liftover Height (in)
-TBD- 24.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
67.5 73.2
Track Width, Front (in)
58.4 61.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.4 5.4
Length, Overall (in)
181.5 200.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.4 15.1
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
8.9 x -TBD- 10.1 x 0.7
Brake Type
Pwr-Assisted Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.1 x 0.79 10.8 x 1.0
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
NA NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 18.0
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.1 36.6
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Power Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.1 2.75
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
-TBD- - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.5 14.1
Tires
Spare Tire Size
-TBD- T125/90R15
Front Tire Order Code
NA T37
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/60R14 P215/70R15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA T37
Front Tire Size
P195/60R14 P215/70R15
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
-TBD- NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
-TBD- 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
-TBD- NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
-TBD- 2000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3009 3506
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
14 x 6 15 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
-TBD- Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
14 x 6 15 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
-TBD- 15 x 4.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
6.4 12.6
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
120 130
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
-TBD- 540
Engine
Fuel System
TDI SEFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
149 @ 1900 215 @ 2750
Engine Order Code
NA 994
Displacement
1.9L/116 3.8L/232
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
90 @ 3750 145 @ 4000
Engine Type
Diesel I4 Gas V6
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
47 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
38 18
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.97 0.70
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD,
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.75 2.84
Clutch Size (in)
-TBD- NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.36 1.00
Trans Type
5 4
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.76 NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA Electronic
Drivetrain
Front-Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.60 2.32
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.12 1.56
Trans Order Code
NA 44L
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.16 3.27
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 2 Door Coupe LX
Vehicle Name
Volkswagen Passat Ford Thunderbird
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Torsion Beam w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
-TBD- 30.2
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Short Long Arm
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.71 0.94
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
MacPherson Strut w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
-TBD- 30.2
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.94 1.06
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Independent H-arm

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