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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5
Volkswagen Passat Saloon (88-97) - rated 3.5 out of 5
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PROS

Reliable; roomy; rugged

CONS

Dull looks

PROS

Reliable; roomy; rugged

CONS

Dull looks

Don't be fooled by the old Passat's plain Germanic looks. Even as a new car, it was underrated, though well-informed used car buyers wanting high-quality no-nonsense family transport have appreciated its strengths for years. Great build quality and reliability are the main attractions, plus a wide range of proven engines. A late life facelift in 1994 improved it further.

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