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  1. VCDS-Lite (unregistered) - much better than generic OBD reader?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Saw a reference to VCDS-Lite in the other thread. I didn't know a free version of the software existed. So, I'm curious, can someone clarify the additional capabilities/features that VCDS-Lite (with a 3rd-party OBDII-to-USB cable) will have AS COMPARED to a generic OBDII reader (which I...
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  3. Hopefully this has been contained better than the Vortex

    New Member Introductions
    How about a little about myself and the dubs I've owned, first was a 20th Jazz Blue GTI No. 0354. My favorite still to this day. and a MK3 white Jetta GL. After those two came and went, I went to a MK3 Golf 2.0 a little better than the jetta but by no means the GTI. 3rd and Second favorite...
  4. AEB has seen better days....

    B5 Garage
    We have a love hate relationship, i love her she hates me. its great :banghead: Anyways, i can't seem to find out what could possibly be going on.. I've had it sitting for a good year or two, and finally decided to go pick it up and fix the exhaust, the only problem it had when I parked...
  5. I think I know better but...

    Volkswagen Passat B7 Discussion
    Has anyone tried these? Premium OBD Stage 5 Tuner Performance Chip - Add 80 Horsepower + 6 MPG Vw | eBay Stage 6 Performance Power Tuner Chip [ Add 90HP 7 MPG ] OBD Tuning for VW | eBay Stage 7 Performance Power Tuner Chip [ Add 95HP 8 MPG ] OBD Tuning for VW | eBay My rational, adult voice...
  6. Should have known better

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    My son and I recently replaced the driver's side half of a control arm job, and took care of the split CV boot while at it. I didn't bother to change the retaining clip even though the joint went onto the splines far too easily. So yesterday, my son calls to say he is stuck in the road with...
  7. Better exhaust sound?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Anyone have any ideas on how to increase proformance, fuel economy and better exhaust sound from a B5.5 V6 Passat? I heard from the civic guys that straight piping can give u an extra 50 wHP haha (kidding obviously) but I need some low budget ideas since I'm just starting out with this car
  8. Better to block or bypass a leaking heater core?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    My B5.5 1.8t is slowly losing coolant and I'm having a hard time locating the source. The plastic heater core and tubing seem a common culprit and while there are no clear visible signs of leaking, I want to temporarily disconnect the core to either identify or rule it out as the problem. The...
  9. On better terms.

    Volkswagen Passat B7 Discussion
    Good Evening, Would have loved to have met on better terms, but, as with any vehicle issue I always come to the forums because of the wealth of knowledge. Bought the wife a 2013 2.5 Passat SE April of last year. We bought it in South Carolina and just drove it to Texas after I got orders to...
  10. Is there a better window regulator out there?!

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hello, I've had my 99 Passat for 4 years and have had to change all my window regulators at least once in that time frame. Now my driver side front and passenger side rear window are broken again. Every time this occurs I can hear loud popping once or twice before it completely fails...
  11. Better ride quality question for car with H&R springs

    Volkswagen Passat B7 Discussion
    I dropped my car on H&R love the way it looked on day one, loved them even more on day 3-4 when they really set. Any who, i kept the stock springs, anyone know what i can do to upgrade my ride quality since lowering does give a rougher ride, living in these houston streets is hell on my ride!
  12. 2015 Passat, looking for better low beam light.

    Volkswagen Passat B7 Discussion
    Anyone tried these bulbs? I'm looking for better light on low beams? They. state less than 30Watts per bulb, and long life. Volkswagen Passat 2015, LED Headlight Conversion Kit by Oracle Lighting®, 1 Pair, White Color Bulbs. These LED bulbs are designed to outperform standard halogen bulbs...
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  14. Boost gauge or better diverter valve?

    B5 Garage
    So I'm looking to either install a boost gauge on my 04 passat or install either a forge 007 or forge splitter diverter valve. I'm not going to chip my car but would like to add either the hauge or a better diverter valve. What would you guys recommend
  15. Why am I getting better MPG driving in my town than the parkway?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I just had my fuel filter and air filter replaced so now my mpg is actually going up in general, but it is still not making sense that I was getting better mpg driving at speeds from 25-50 in my town than 70-77 on the parkway without stopping. I'm absolutely stumped. I use cruise control when I...
  16. AEB Turbo Coolant Hose - There's gotta be a better way

    B5 Garage
    Well, I found that my coolant supply hose for the turbo has sprung a leak. (After having to strip the A/C compressor off the motor to find it.) The problem I am finding now is there is no way to access the banjo bolt for the coolant line without having to remove the turbo.... or is there a way...
  17. Which exhaust sounds better to you guys?

    Anything Auto
    I need an unbiased opinion on which exhaust sounds better. (takeoff at 1:04) or (takeoff 2:23) So which do you guys think?
  18. I should have known better...

    New Member Introductions
    ... that this area is for "saying Hi" not for posting questions, but I thought I might just "shoot two rabbits with a round". Sorry 'bout that, it won't happen again. Kindly ask moderators to post my previous post to the B6 garage. Thanks a bunch!
  19. 5 mins to better throttle response (for some) with a 1.8T DBW

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Like many of you I've been experiencing less than enthusiastic throttle response from my 1.8T Drive by Wire. I've done many of the recommended easy fixes. Some of which improved throttle response. I have no idea (other than instinct after reading Passatworld threads for the last 2 months) why...
  20. Better audio?

    New Member Introductions
    I have a 2014 Passat SEL Premium TDI with the Fender (RNS510 - US) audio system. I have read a few older posts stating that it's possible to change out the factory amp/DSP under the seat with a Dynaudio unit. Is this true, and is it that simple? In other words, do the wiring harnesses match...
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