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  1. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    There are a couple threads on this topic but wanted to see if there are any better alternatives now that it is 2016. Like most B5 owners, my car has the hood insulation panel that is a magnet for rodents. The first one was eaten so I spent the $100+ and replaced it. It has happened again but...
  2. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Had a thought and decided to throw it out there. As this tranny is used in several cars with varying power levels, what are the thoughts of valve bodies having different line pressures, etc? Just trying to think of what could be some drop in upgrades for those of us with a tip.
  3. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Lest I bear the wrath of the Bentley-thumping, wiring-harness-handling contingent of my fellow German car adherents, I'm running out of options on the auto tranny. You can read the full, ongoing thread here...
  4. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I am planning out my exhaust setup, and am really worried about drone, as this is my DD/Road Trip car and I have a picky wife :) My proposed setup was arranged based on some info from a few threads here, and the Garrett turbo guys, and my future plans for the car, and is going to be full...
  5. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I love that sponsors here do what they do, but I am a cheap bastard by circumstance and I was wondering if there are any other online retailers that are as friendly to the ATQ crowd as a certain unnamed sponsor. I'm not looking to bash...I just want to do some fair comparisons based on price...
  6. Mobile Electronics
    I continue to find a way to dig myself deeper and deeper into the hole. My new-to-me 2008 B6 Passat Wagon arrived with a Premium 7 head unit and trunk mounted Sirius tuner. The dealer has ordered under warranty a replacement Sirius tuner since this one will not activate despite hours on the...
  7. B5 Garage
    So in the UK we cant get CLR - I need to flush the heater as I know it is blocked but water isnt strong enough to budge 163,000 miles of built up crud. The initial flush with water brought out so much brown liquid it was unbelievable so the heating has gone from not working at all to hot for 10...
  8. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hi all First off, my car is a late 2002 Passat TDI 130 Sport Estate/Variant (non 4mo, it's FWD). I'm currently running a set of Bilstein B8/Sprint dampers - part number BE5-6513. I will shortly be doing a load of work on the car, including changing all the control arms (again), and changing...
  9. Mobile Electronics
    i cant find a cage for my double din panasonic so i was wondering if theres a way to fabricate my own. or use something ghetto like cardboard or somthing to fill the extra space?my dash kit piece is coming soon. just missing the cage:wrench:
  10. B5 Garage
    Hi, For one reason and another, I have decided to buy a Bentley in printed form and take a more hands on approach to maintaining my 1998 B5 AEB Passat Wagon. Among the many other tools I will need is of course, a diagnostic computer link with the car. I noticed on eBay in Australia there seem...
  11. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Since I'm tired of getting a screwing from the dealers and even the secondary Passat parts suppliers with respect to "check valves", I have embarked upon a quest to find a fair priced alternative. I have stood by and watched the price skyrocket from $7.50 to $35 on a poorly designed part with...
  12. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I'm attempting to add an oil pressure gauge to my 99 1.8T AEB. Gauge is mounted in the double steering column pod right next to my boost gauge. Gauge is all wired up ready to go, except for installing the sender itself. I want to use the "blank" above the oil filter on the oil cooler housing...
  13. The Black Hole
    Somehow I got to thinking about the Intelligent design VS Evolution "debate" last night. I started reading a book someone gave me, that (among other things) seeks to prove ID over evolution etc. Without going into detail (unless someone wants me to), I've read the first 40 pages and already it...
  14. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Everyone pretty much agrees that if you are going to upgrade your stock diverter valve you should get a forge 007. But ive also heard that you dont get an increase in the turbo noise by changing it, and some people might want that my question is, what options do I have for a good quality...
  15. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    hey i was just lookin for 7507 white leds for my rear signals. i cant find them anywhere...what is an alternative bulb size that i can use to fit the socket??..i was also lookin for a hyper white wy5w bulb (not led) for my side signals but i cant find them either...so im lookin for an...
  16. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    What are some good alternatives to the larger Stock mann/mehle filter??
  17. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I'm having rattle problems with PBR ceramic and PBR deluxe front pads. I understand that the PBRs rattle due to a larger slot than stock (note - it's the inner pads that rattle - brake goo holds the outer pads firmly). What is the best alternative with same price & performance but no rattle?
  18. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    any way to duplicate the way the exhaust on the 20th anniversary gti looks? we have a 2000 passat and i was dissapointed with the way the tailpipes curve down. i'm not in any position to buy a catback, mostly because its expensive and its one of those "dad bought the car but you get to drive it...
  19. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hi All, I posted this on VWVortex with no response so I thought I'd try this forum.... I recall reading a recent post about using a different type of O-2 sensor which costs way less than the "specified" one. The one I'm looking for is near the exhaust manifold. My dealer wants serious $$$ for...
  20. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    So I get an email from my wife this morning. She's asking if it is possible to convert our (2 month old) Passat 1.8T wagon to ethanol. No idea where this came from, but I figured I'd bring it up here and see what kind of discussion we'd get. I'm not really considering it, but it would be...
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