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  1. Short Review: My thoughts on the B6

    Volkswagen Passat B6 Discussion
    Stopped in on Saturday with Ian and took a B6 out for a spin. Pros: 2.0T - Very nice motor with nice power delivery. No noticeable lag. Cabin noise - Not much at all. No turbo noise, engine subdued when cruising. Interior - Plenty of room. Added thigh support in both front and rear seats is...
  2. No Paddles for North American DSG VWs

    Volkswagen Passat B6 Discussion
    That is sad, but maybe they will re-introduce it as a mid-life cycle "freshening".
  3. Just drove the B6

    Volkswagen Passat B6 Discussion
    Word of mouth advertising can go a long way to generating sales for the dealership/salesman. Not to mention if you have a good relationship with the dealership/salesman that more often than not taking something out for a test drive is not a big deal. They merely toss you the keys and send you on...
  4. Steering making groaning sound.

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Check your fluid regardless of if it was recently replaced. I had the lines replaced under warranty only to have the line fail completely six months later and drain the system on the highway.
  5. Zimmerman X-Drilled Rotors..

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    EBC Green, Hawk HPS, Ferodo 2500, Porterfield R4S pads will be an upgrade in performance for street and track duty. Not sure about the Axxis.
  6. Zimmerman X-Drilled Rotors..

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    You will find that slotted (and dimpled to a lesser extent possibly) will consume your pads quicker for marginal gains provided by the slots/dimples. If you don't mind the shortened life cycle of the pads then by all means get the EBC rotors. Just don't expect drastically shorter stopping...
  7. Zimmerman X-Drilled Rotors..

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    If you want to stop hard and fast: 1) Get plain faced rotors. 2) Get pads with a higher coefficient of friction and higher operating temp. (Hawk HPS, Ferodo 2500, Porterfield, Carbotech) 3) Get fluid that exceeds your pads operating temp. 4) Get better tires, very important and often...
  8. Zimmerman X-Drilled Rotors..

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Stay with plain faced rotors. Slotted will consume pads at least twice as fast and offer minimal advantages to braking. Drilled remove material that would reduces the ability to sink heat into your rotors. More often then not the drilling and/or slotting is performed after the rotor is cast and...
  9. cat back for the V6

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Why not go with custom tubbing welded up to your muffler of choice?
  10. Exhaust : Size matters?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    2.5 if you are staying with the stock turbo. If you plan on a larger turbo than 3". As mentioned above, on the stock turbo a 3" exhaust will rob some low end torque for the gains at the top end.
  11. PIAA Crystal ION fog bulbs installed.

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I have been looking for a yellow hued bulb for my fogs. Add to that that my EV has two different bulbs in the fogs, one with a yellow hue and the other with your typical halogen output. Problem solved now. Thx.
  12. New hardwood floors.

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    That is awesome. We installed similar flooring from Bruce in our old home. It was one of my favorite DIY home projects, second only to the structured media installation I did in our current home.
  13. FreeBSD 5.3 + Samba 3.0.13 = ANEURYSM!!!

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    It's as clear as mud! :D
  14. Who else works for Satan besides me?

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    It sure isn't a State holiday in MI. I am working... (kinda)
  15. Barry???

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    And Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb were perfect role models too... The media has made this guys life hell, if I were him I would retire into obscurity like Johnny Carson did. I don't necessarily like the guy either, but he deserves some privacy and respect.
  16. Canon 350D - New dSLR

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    :bowdown: :thumbup: Congrats! Enjoy your new rig!
  17. octane for turbo

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Your car has knock sensors that will retard the timing when pre-detonation occurs after a predetermined threshold is reached. Using less than 91 octane may increase the frequency which that threshold is reached. There have been some lengthy discussions regarding pre-detonation and knock on here...
  18. Vonage users, what's your opinion?

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    Low and behold I think I have found a DSL provider that doesn't require an active landline. (JAS Networks) If I wanted, I could get a residential T1 line but I don't think I could justify it to my wife. They offer up to a 5mb/s DSL line but it is not available to me yet. (Didn't realize DSL was...
  19. Vonage users, what's your opinion?

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    With Comcast about to jump into the VOIP market this year, I fully expect them to find a way to screw non-Comcast VOIP subscribers or buy Vonage in a hostile takeover to become an instant player. :mad:
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