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  1. 2 months in with my 2014 SE 1.8t 5 speed, and pretty happy with how it turned out

    Volkswagen Passat B7 Discussion
    Update - As I expected I had to replace the clutch at 55k miles. I was getting clutch slip in 3rd-4th-5th gears if I ever asked for high torque on the highway. I went with the South Bend stage 2 daily setup. This has a single mass flywheel that replaces the OEM dual mass unit. Not super cheap...
  2. Premium Fuel good for 20 ft/lb torque??

    Volkswagen Passat B7 Discussion
    If you read the first post APR tested the STOCK tune with different fuel, and MEASURED a significant gain.
  3. Premium Fuel good for 20 ft/lb torque??

    Volkswagen Passat B7 Discussion
    You are correct. If you read the first post, you will see that this discussion was started based on dyno testing that confirms a significant power gain on the stock program with higher octane.
  4. Premium Fuel good for 20 ft/lb torque??

    Volkswagen Passat B7 Discussion
    Installed a 93 program at 16k miles. Now at 55k miles. The clutch slips a little now, so will probably install a South Bend clutch soon.
  5. 2014 Passat TSI reliability?

    Volkswagen Passat B7 Discussion
    The old 1.8t in my B5.5 wagon had 220,000 miles when I sold it and ran great. I DID do a timing belt every 60k, and did replace the turbo at 180k miles. The 1.8tsi in my 2014 Passat has not missed a beat from 14,500 to 52,000 miles (my miles in it since buying last February). They are good...
  6. Car hesitates / stops repeatedly. It's dangerous. Any help appreciated.

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    This is the ESP/TCS "helping" you. Add a button to disable and it will drive normally again. I have never been in a car with a more conservative algorithm. It applies brakes for ESP on highway ramps wayyyyyyyy before any sign of tire slip. It chops the throttle closed abruptly once it passes...
  7. Unexpected and amazing fuel economy with GEN III EA888 1.8T!

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    Very similar to my experience. I have a mostly highway 40mi each way commute with the cruise set at 80-85, and mostly in town evening and weekend trips. Average overall is 32. If I dial it down to 75 it will give 39s on a single commute. Wayyyy better than the old awd 1.8t, which was probably...
  8. Consumer Report ratings??

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    Regardless of individual positive anecdotal data VW has a quality issue. Part of it is product quality, part of it is a track record of denying quality issues and trying to push them back on the customer and part of it is just poor dealer service network. I've owned and driven aircooled, Mk1...
  9. Consumer Report ratings??

    Volkswagen Passat B7 Discussion
    The thing that VW continues to do, decade after decade, is let niggling little problems remain unresolved for an entire program life (or more), just replacing parts when they break. Window regulators were a huge problem on Mk4 cars. It was never fixed. Door switches on the North America Passat...
  10. 2 months in with my 2014 SE 1.8t 5 speed, and pretty happy with how it turned out

    Volkswagen Passat B7 Discussion
    Cleaned the car yesterday before fitting the Yakima roof bars. The color shows up better in this light.
  11. Owned new 2016 Passat two days, already a problem

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    It comes on for a reason. In every car. Cooling the air causes any moisture in it to condense out. Heating it back up and blowing it over a fogged window clears it nearly instantly.
  12. Owned new 2016 Passat two days, already a problem

    Volkswagen Passat B7 Discussion
    Sounds like you had the defrost running on a cold setting. Defrost uses the AC compressor to dry the air. This makes the air, and thus where it hits directly on the windshield cold. When the dewpoint is above that temperature water will condense on any vehicle. This is not an issue specific to...
  13. 2 months in with my 2014 SE 1.8t 5 speed, and pretty happy with how it turned out

    Volkswagen Passat B7 Discussion
    It is opera red. The lighting in that pic just makes it look brownish.
  14. The Car Lounge will never change.........

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    OK. Glad your glass is half full. The situation is more complex than you describe, and they face strong headwinds in every direction to work out of it. I hope they succeed, but I'm not going to argue about it just for fun.
  15. The Car Lounge will never change.........

    Volkswagen Passat B7 Discussion
    Not sure what you are looking for here. You openly state that you are a VW fan, and don't like being in conversations with people that analyze the facts of VWs situation and realize they are in a horrible situation in the US - more than half a year in they still don't have a "fix" for the huge...
  16. 2 months in with my 2014 SE 1.8t 5 speed, and pretty happy with how it turned out

    Volkswagen Passat B7 Discussion
    Pretty much done with what I plan to do with this car (besides pile on the miles) Small mod list -> tint, wheels, 93 octane tune, suspension I do plan to add the ESC/TCS defeat sometime this year. Eibach ProKit springs for 2010 CC Koni FSD for 2010 Passat (had an interesting conversation with...
  17. 2014 1.8T timing belt changes?

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    Most OEMs that we make parts for ask us to validate performance for a 15 year service life. Minimum I have seen is 10 years. I don't see this as a big issue. We did 3 timing belt + water pump services on our old B5.5. Sure it cost something, but I saved enough driving that car for 10+ years and...
  18. Better ride quality question for car with H&R springs

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    Be aware though that some say the FSD is not designed for a lowering spring, and can have issues in such an application. On the other side of that though is the fact that they have been delivered in Eibach Pro-Kit packages that come with shocks. So - I'm going to try them on my car with Eibachs...
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