Yesterday, wife's car:
Bath; oil change, new belly pan (got broken when she broke a front spring); some welding repairs to the exhaust; alignment.
New (used) wiper relay (mine had decided to occasionally not park correctly). Also install new (matte-aluminum accent) Euro-style headlight switch (to replace my all-black switch.) Find that said switch is, ah, crooked. :
Reinstall black switch. Contacted eBay seller, waiting for reply.
Where they get weird (and highly variable, in terms of service techniques) is newer electric parking brake calipers.
I bought a Continental timing belt kit for the Passat and noticed it was "Designed in Germany, Built in Canada." Talk about globalization...
installed in Hungary ! in technically already has 10k miles on it !
Back in 2001 I was in the market for a new car (my old Honda accord was taken by the Houston flood and got not a single penny from FEMA ).
I was disillusioned about the cheap plastic used in the interior of the Japanese cars, so I took the chance and wanted to try my chances with a German car.
Did the research and found that Jetta was assembled in Mexico and had lots of quality issues but Passat was made and assembled in Germany. Thus the choice was clear.
Got the Passat and the rest is history
Replace downpipe on mine (because broken flex joint - again.)
Now I know why people say "take it out from the top, with the cat." Out wasn't too bad (left the cat in.) In.... Opposite of fun to bolt the pipe to the cat.
Drove it for the 1st time in 2 weeks. My son mentioned the CEL was on, so I scanned it and it had a CTS code. Shows 143c, a bit on the warm side. The CTS was new sometime after the swap. I also had to fuel up as he forgot to mention the gas light was on.
I have a semi-big project. Last fall, I replaced window regulator. Surprised I could do install myself and window work correctly. Only, 1 problem - about week later the handle couldn't open door from inside. So all winter I had to lower window and reach out and open car from outside. Project for this month is to open that door up again and try to secure the door handle cable better. Anyone else go thru this?
Replaced my Coolant flange, CTS & did a SAI partial delete, Still gotta take off the bumper to remove the actual pump
Filled up my power steering reservoir. To my horror I could hear the power steering pump groaning on my way home from work. Blasted hose is leaking at the cooling pipe loop, AGAIN!
I nearly got washed away in my van when I went for a drive after the rain stopped only to be surprised on my return by a creek that kept on rising.
I parked the Passat and the Golf at the hospital parking garage 2 blocks away. Seems a lot of other people had the same idea as it was packed. Tiguan is in the garage along with the immobile donor car (for the last 4 years). Massive hail predicted tonight, up to softball sized. Taking no chances after we had hail damage in March and baseball sized hail hit north-east of here early this month. Nothing like spring time in Texas.
I cursed my passat today. Should have listened to the parts guy when he said good luck to me because passats are money pits for suckers.