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  1. Maintenace Intervals: Mileage vs. Time

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    So I'm just trying to get some opinions on this: My 2003 V6 4motion has not seen many miles (just approaching 63k) which means many consumable items on my car are as old as the day they came out of the factory. The car has never been left standing for a long period of time, the vast majority of...
  2. Ooww...must I be a newbie, at my age??

    New Member Introductions
    Hi everyone! I'm new to this forum but not to Passat! We purchased a new '99 Passat Variant 1.8L turbo while stationed in Germany and fell in love. We put over 140,000 miles on it traversing the Autobahns and visiting almost every country in Western Europe, loaded with wife, two dogs, camping...
  3. Showing its age.

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    So my Variant is just short of 12 years and 245,000 miles and I've got a few glitches that will need to be taken care of. The major item is the driver's door electronics. It'll self lock, even with the key in the ignition or soon after being unlocked unless another door is opened. It will...
  4. Age vs. Mileage

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    When it comes to timing belts, how much of a role does age play in the need for changing them? My 2001 B5 Passat V6 has only 74,000 mi but at 9yr and 10 months old does that mean the timing belt is likely to go at a lower mileage? What's a reasonable price estimate for having it changed by an...
  5. Opinion on Oil Age

    B6 Garage
    Hey all, I picked up a CPO '07 4motion wagon about a week and a half ago w/64,800 miles. According to the service history the 60k service was done @ 57k and the last oil change was @ 63k in October 2009. Originally the dealership from where I purchased the car said they changed the oil prior...
  6. so whats your history, cars, tickets, age ect...

    Anything Auto
    so im just wondering whats your history with cars, cops and anything else so i guess ill start... 1st car: 1993 Chevy Lumina with custom chipped paint :thumbup: 1st ticket: 91 in a 70 in said lumina which only had a speedometer up to 85 cop: "do you know how fast you were going son? me: "um...
  7. Tire Age

    Anything Auto
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  8. Determining the Age of a Tire

    Wheel and Tire Forum
    When it comes to determining the age of a tire, it is easy to identify when a tire was manufactured by reading its Tire Identification Number (often referred to as the tire’s serial number). Unlike vehicle identification numbers (VINs) and the serial numbers used on many other consumer goods...
  9. Age vs. War

    The Black Hole
    It has occured to me that age may be a factor in the support of the Iraq war and the neo-conservative "movement" in general. I have attached a poll so we can find out, but I just have a clue that most of the supporters of the war (and the neocons) are probably under 45, and you probably got a...
  10. Affects of turbo age?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Just a quick question - will age have an effect on the effectiveness of the turbo in a 1.8T? I have no way of comparing current horsepower to the horsepower when new, but i didn't know when turbos might start to fail. I have about 115k on my '98, and it just doesn't seem to have the same kick...
  11. Do tires age?

    Wheel and Tire Forum
    The stock Conti's from my car have been sitting in the back of my garage for about 4 years. Should I have any reservations about selling these? Does the rubber in any way deteriorate after being store for a long period of time? Thanks!
  12. Control Arms - age or miles or conditions?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Just saw two 2003 Passats for good prices - both with 70,000 miles. One from MN and one from CA. Would control arms be close to due, or since they are newer cars, would they last another four years? The dealer is offering an 8 yr, unlimited mileage warranty on oil lubricated parts internal to...
  13. Lowering the drinking age for soldiers

    The Black Hole
    Wisconsin lawmaker wants to lower drinking age to 19 for Wisconsin soldiers. I am all in favor of this. If they are old enough to kill and/or die for our freedom, they ought to be able to have a...
  14. F/S 19" Monet New Age Staggered New

    Classified Archive
    Hey, just got a set of Monet New Age's, they are 19" and staggered, new in box. here is a link to pic. that pic makes it look more grey, but more silver than that. reason for sale - might get another set of used 18's to save money for other mods...
  15. Age old question...17s or 18s

    Wheel and Tire Forum
    How many of you out there have 17s and wish you went with the 18s instead? I'm 6 days away from my new car and I have to make a decision. TireRack is a great site but I really can't get a feel for the differnce btw the 17s and 18s. Anybody think I should go for the 18s instead of 17? FYI I will...
  16. Showing my age - Break-in Oil ?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Back when I was young [and engine blocks were lovingly carved from granite ...], it was common practice to change the oil [usually called Break-in Oil] at about 1500mi The idea was that any leftovers from the machining processes / assembly process / initial seating & what-have-you would get...