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  1. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hello Passatforum members, my 2003 Passat GLX 4WD is making a horrible clicking/cracking noise when I turn left. I attached YouTube link to the sound. Is this car still safe to drive ? I am planning a trip up to Duluth, MN next week. Thanks in advance
  2. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hello from freezing cold Minnesota, above you can find the link for a video of the problem I currently have. Actually, it’s been going on for about a year now. After I start the car, there’s smoke coming out of the Engine. Do you know what that could be ? Is it dangerous ? The car drives well...
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    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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
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    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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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.
  16. 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?
  17. 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...
  18. 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
  19. 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?
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