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    Quote Originally Posted by Emry View Post
    This a deliberate and calculated strategy deployed by German auto makers. The repair and maintenance must be so complicated and difficult that almost no average Joe can do it. This generates huge revenue for the stealerships. Thus make the design in a way that requires lots of maintenance but at the same time no one will be able to do it so dealers will be happy.
    Absolutely true!


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    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.

    Yesterday, mine:
    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.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tortelious View Post
    Changed the rear brake pads. Thought I was being punked by what the manual said I should do with the parking brake. These Germans must sit back and laugh their asses off by what they make us do to perform maintenance on these vehicles.
    Parking-brake calipers are neither 'new', nor 'uniquitely German' - literally every carmaker, from every country, uses them.
    Where they get weird (and highly variable, in terms of service techniques) is newer electric parking brake calipers.
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    I bought a Continental timing belt kit for the Passat and noticed it was "Designed in Germany, Built in Canada." Talk about globalization...
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    installed in Hungary ! in technically already has 10k miles on it !

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    Quote Originally Posted by cchief22 View Post
    installed in Hungary ! in technically already has 10k miles on it !
    The irony of it all is Continental has seven different factories in Hungary alone.

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    What did you do to your Passat today?



    I saw that this Passat part was made in West Germany!


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    Quote Originally Posted by axenstar View Post
    I saw that this Passat part was made in West Germany!
    Most probably the mold belongs to 80s and they still use it till today. Changing the mold to remove "West" is not cost justifiable since no one really notice 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
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    Yesterday:
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cuppie View Post
    Yesterday:
    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.
    Did you remove the cat+downpipe from out of the engine bay? Is it easier?


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    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.
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    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?

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    Replaced my Coolant flange, CTS & did a SAI partial delete, Still gotta take off the bumper to remove the actual pump
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    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!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emry View Post
    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 in Houston (Cypress, actually) for that. Tropical Storm https://youtu.be/C9GlC9GyF4Y

    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndreasPassat View Post
    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!
    Time for a manual steering swap.

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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by axenstar View Post
    Did you remove the cat+downpipe from out of the engine bay? Is it easier?
    Like my post said: left the cat installed. DP out was easy, and knocking the (welded) nuts off of the cat wasn't too bad.
    Bolting the DP to the cat, with the cat still installed, sucked.

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    Finally finish installing my gauges & EBC in the wagon, 2 war scars meaning I'm actually getting better at dodging the sharp metal framing under the dash
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    Quote Originally Posted by benzivr6 View Post
    Finally finish installing my gauges & EBC in the wagon, 2 war scars meaning I'm actually getting better at dodging the sharp metal framing under the dash
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    For those readings, I have been looking into an arduino hack for the cluster but haven't had time to pull the trigger. Look up FISblocks on github.
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    Replaced my valve cover gasket, looks clean to me...



    Did passenger side O2 sensor as well




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    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.

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    Took the wife's 2002 GLX on spur of the moment trip over to Burbank CA.
    Stopped on the way back to Phoenix and snapped this.

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