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  1. 2003 Passat GLX approx 100k miles

    Vehicles For Sale
    Currently non-OP in California. Needs a battery, valve cover gaskets and PCV/vacuum lines would be good idea. I've owned and maintained since 2006. It ran fine when I last parked it but I wanted to get the valve covers and PCV done since it was going through oil. Wound up with an A4 and never...
  2. Passat 2003 coolant hose leak?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hi All: This evening when I got home, suddenly, steam started coming out of my car's hood on the passenger side near the windshield/window wiper area. I opened the hood and saw that a small amount of steam coming out the area on the upper left side of my engine where the hoses are and also the...
  3. Howdy, New to Forum, just picked up a 2003 Passat Wagon

    New Member Introductions
    This car is a manual and a lot of fun to drive, but Its got multiple Dash lights ABS, Traction control, Airbag, came to forum to gt some tips on how to DIY. Now if I can only get the lock lugs off as key is missing
  4. Just bought my first car, v6 4motion 2003. its doing 8.4mpg and coolant overflows

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    i just bought it as my first car, just had it 2 weeks and its been a nightmare so far. i got it off of facebook for 2k, my brother checked it and it was fine when he drove it. then later that afternoon the coolant started to overflow and it leaked out of the hole in the reservoir. All of it...
  5. im new in the group. with a passat v6 4mo 2003 with lots of problems :(

    New Member Introductions
    hey guys, i love the car, the look, how it drives, but hot dang ive only had it 2 weeks and its unusable. uses about a liter of gas every 3.6km or 8.4mpg. im still trying to find out whats wrong. Im going to have to dig in this place. Thank you so much for accepting me into your community...
  6. 2003 W8 wagon

    New Member Introductions
    I'm interested in buying another W8. I'm going to collect these if possible. Once I go thru the learning curve on a car I stick with it. The weak parts of this car is the glovebox hinges, and sunroof drains. I need a rear bumper cover. One commentor in the seats section said he went to...
  7. Passat 2003 1.8T - Clutch

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hello guys hope you are all doing good. I would like to ask a question about the clutch kit . I think it is time to change the clutch , but i would like to ask about the part manufacturer . What should i choose Sachs or Luk ? I am thinking about choosing Sachs but still an extra opinion would be...
  8. 2003 Passat GLS Wagon 5spd Manual $1200 OBO

    Vehicles For Sale
    I have for sale a 2003 1.8T VW Passat GLS wagon with 269,624 Miles. It runs and drives well and is a manual transmission. The check engine light is on. The exterior is in pretty good shape for its age. The interior is beige leather and shows considerable wear. AC blows cold, and front seat...
  9. Just broke the plastic handle oil level Passat 2003 B5.5 AWM engine?

    B5 Garage
    The plastic broke and I just had an old change but big leaks on the Turbo unit so I cannot go by the amount of oil unless through it out and replacing this new oil with another new batch. Could someone that owns a Passat as mine above just go and measure the distance from the very end of the...
  10. 2003 V6 Overheating?

    B5 Garage
    My passat gives me a overheating light, telling me to stop. It starts out fine, with the temp gage going from 90 (bottom of gage) to 190 (normal operating range) in about 5 minutes. Then in about another 5 minutes it goes up to the red, and I get the warning light. It doesn't seem to be as hot...
  11. How to rebuild a passat 2003 B5.5 Turbo Unit (Just the Turbo Unit)

    B5 Garage
    My 2003 B5.5 Passat started to leave heavily into the pipes to the inter-cooler and I think better take it apart and rebuild if it possible. No noise, no smoke, but I think that these would come soon. Anyone that could point to articles in this forum with the pertinent information? I searched...
  12. 2003 GLX 2.0 Passat Wagon Starting to Idle Rough

    B5 Garage
    I bought this car (second 2003 GLX 2.8 [typo in title and can’t change] wagon) last year with 90k miles. It’s run well, but has been using oil. I just changed my oil last week and have heard a loud clunky sound twice when trying to start. It’s a horrible sound, but then the car starts easily the...
  13. 2003 1.8 sat for over a year, wont start, not the battery.

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I have a 2003 1.8 american automatic that sat for over a year outside that wont start. The interior lights and headlights work and I tested the battery and its fully charged.It wont turn over and is just silent, no clicking or anything. What should I look at next, please help, thanks.
  14. 2003 Passat V6 Climactic A/C Fan Power

    B5 Garage
    My 2003 Passat V6 over-heats when in stalled traffic with the A/C turned ON. The secondary small fan has no power. My independent mechanic has checked the fuses and replaced the fan control relay, but still no power. What next?
  15. 2003 B5.5 2.8 EPC light crank no start new member

    New Member Introductions
    Hello all, my passat has been great until this polar vortex hit Chicago at the end of January. I don't know what happened, I went to start it and she wouldn't fire. I thought the battery might be low so I replaced it. No luck. Ended up replacing ESS, spark plugs and coil pack. Still nothing...
  16. Selling a 2003 W8

    New Member Introductions
    Hi, A friend recommended that I sell my W8 2003 here, to see if there are any interested parties. Is there a best way to list/sell a car on the site? Thx, GM
  17. 2003 B5 ate a spark plug - rolling value?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    So, the title says it all. #5 cylinder was hungry and ingested some or all of the spark plug. Needless to say, the engine runs like cr*p. Borescope shows a pretty beat up piston head. No idea what other damage may exist. Any ideas on value as a donor body?
  18. 2003 VW Passat b5.5

    The Showroom
    New member here but I purchased this car from my friend who frequented this forum. 164,000 miles
  19. VW dealer doesn't know answer re: Passat 2003 W8

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I have an '03 Passat W8 that I've had for 7 years. It has had the usual issues, but this time I need what seems to be a Cylinder #3 fuel injector. The VW dealer mechanic doesn't know if the intake manifold needs to be removed to replace #3. Do you know? Also, while I'm at it, I would...
  20. 2003 2.8 passat won't start

    New Member Introductions
    I don't know where to start. Water pump started leaking, then got noisy parked.car in front of garage. Went to move the car in now won't start. Pushed the car in the garage got it ready to replace the water pump. Put the car in the service position Ordered a timing belt replace kit. Came with...
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