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  1. Car ramps - tips to avoid slipping?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Not Passat specific, but thought this is the best place to get help. I've used my car ramps maybe 10 times. I'm always careful to perfectly line them up, and wedge them under the tires before driving up. Admittedly, it causes a brief moment of anxiety when driving up. I always chalk the rear...
  2. Will Republicans vote Democrat to avoid Trump?

    The Black Hole
    The world is watching, and as the closest neighbor ...we're a bit scared - like some Americans I guess? What is the probability that if Trump gains the GOP nomination that the majority of Republicans will either not vote, or cast their vote for a Democrat to avoid the Trump? Another point of...
  3. Adjusting seat to avoid back pain?

    Volkswagen Passat B6 Discussion
    Solutions to seat causing back pain I've never had back pain from sitting before but finally after putting up with it for 18 months I have realised that every time I get out of my Passat estate I have a sore lower back. My wife also finds the car uncomfortable in either of the front seats...
  4. Wheels to Avoid? Help

    Wheel and Tire Forum
    I dont make purchases until I do allot of research as should we all. So my question is this, I have a B5.5 2002 Passat and Im looking to upgrade my wheels. Are there any brands I shouild avoid all together? Any that work well. Im looking for a sporty five spoke type look. Nothing outragous or...
  5. Clutch switch - What does, how to install, what to avoid, etc.

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    car is Passat AWT 1.8T MY 2002 Along with my cold start problem (later I will link the other thread I have opened for the supposedly faulty crank sensor), I noticed recently a rev hang whenever I depress the clutch pedal in order to switch gears up or down. I did some search on the net and I...
  6. Avoid blauparts

    B6 Garage
    I received WRONG PLUGS for my 2000 VW Passat V6 GLX in Tune Up kit- PLUGS are 1/4" longer than OEM. WOULD YOU INSTALL A PLUG LONGER THAN OEM? & One hole in Brake Rotor is not fully drilled OUT!!- My mechanic now thinks I'm an idiot for ordering online!!! TWO MAJOR PRO
  7. Top 20 Used Cars to Avoid

    Anything Auto
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  8. How to avoid expansion tank from getting darker?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hello, Next weekend I'm planning on replacing my radiator, the clutch fan and also the expansion tank by brand new parts. Comparing my current tank with the new one it's really amazing how the old one got dark / rusty for the last three years (it had already been replaced around 2007). Since...
  9. Preventive maintenance to avoid Sludge

    B5 Garage
    Hi, I just want to check and see how good my car (2002 1.8T AWM auto)on this Sludge issue. When i removed the top part to change the VCG, i noticed some kind of varnish on the valve cover and the other parts looks nice ( i mean the tensioner, valve things etc) with no color change and all...
  10. how to I avoid...

    New Member Introductions
    a turbo sludge..and i bought my passat with 103,000miles how do I know if i need to change timing belt..... :crazy: i read all the crazy nightmares about sludges and now i cant sleep at night... :icon_eek:
  11. Avoid cheap Control any cost

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    My sad story.... (although I still might have a chance to fight it tomorrow morning): Bought the lower control arm kit in April 2009 (No brand, "Made in Spain"). Had a reputable shop do the job. Thought to myself I was saving some money Vs. buying Meyle/Febi/Lemfoerder. Today I bought the...
  12. B6 2.0T Wagon - best model year / year to avoid??

    Volkswagen Passat B6 Discussion
    I'm a long time B5 Variant (2000 1.8T Tip) owner and do as much of the maintenance as I am able (brakes, transmission & t-belt services, etc.). I am now shopping for replacement of a family Chrysler van. We just found out this morning that the transmission is toast, and it will cost more than...
  13. ebay seller to avoid global automotive

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    global automotive sell crap, do not buy anything from these con artists, a couple of years ago they were selling counterfiet fuel pumps!! now its oxygen sensors amongst other things, i made the mistake of buying a cheap (it turned out to be counterfiet) o2 sensor, would not work. there response...
  14. In Jacksonville FL AVOID TOM BUSH!

    Dealerships and Service
    1st- I worked there for a bit, I left after six months due to the absurdity. You have two way better choices in O'steen (always awesome- go see Mike Schiandra) and a not so far 2nd place is Ash Tisdale. The service at Tom Bush is atrocious. they are crooks. Some specifics I witnessed-...
  15. F3 BMW In the werkz(spelling changed to avoid copyright infringement ;) )

    Anything Auto
    Modified 3-serie underpinnings... Just what I need, a diesel would be irresistable :D
  16. Cam Chain Tensior Gasket - help me avoid a mistake

    B5 Garage
    2000 ATW (1.8). I've overhauled my PCV system, changed my oil, and rear brake pads thanks to all the help from many of you. Now I'd like to tackle my valve cover gasket - I'm losing a significant amount of oil and at least some of it is dropping onto my exhaust and burning up. Here's the...
  17. APR has cat delete programming to avoid CEL

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    There has been a few threads about test pipes and a number of us bought the ER test pipe - common question/hurdle is the CEL triggered by the abscence of the cat. I found out that APR has programming for the A4 guys running test pipes to work around the CEL. I called APR today and they have a...
  18. Avoid Eibach Rake with Avant Springs on Sedan? (I Searched)

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Eibach Avant Springs on Sedan? (I Searched) I have been searching and reading the past couple days about Eibach’s as I'm after the more conservative drop, for the weather up north and also for the ride quality. I have read many a thread about the rake and the woes associated and it seems that...
  19. B5 years to avoid?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hey folks, I just got referred here from Fred's TDIClub. We have an '04 Jetta GLS TDI wagon (currently running B20, B99 in the warmer months) and would dearly love to have a Passat TDI as well (we need a second car). Problem is, we want a recent model Passat for ESP and side airbags but can't...