Below is a list of parts that routinely fail on the 1996/1997 B4 Passat TDI, and where to find replacements. It should be mentioned that any B4 nowadays has probably had many wear items replaced aside from the normal maintenance items: hoses, lines, suspension components, engine mounts...and anything else that has happened to go the way of the dinosaur in the nearly 20 years since this car's inception.
We get calls all the time from customers looking to change their springs, shocks, or struts because of a noise or suspension problem. Often times, though, another smaller (and much cheaper) suspension component has failed. In this article, we run through some of the more minor components of the suspension and symptoms of their failure.