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  1.'s Budget Friendly Torque Wrench Pick is On Sale

    Vendor Deals
    We just spotted an favorite 1/2" drive torque wrench on sale via The Tekton 1/2" drive torque wrench is rated for 10/150 ft.-lb. and features sturdy all metal construction. With the current 29% discount, it's priced at only $28.50! Read More About The Torque...
  2. OEM-size Budget tire tip for B5 Passat owners

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    You may or may not have seen me post about the 2000 Passat we just picked up with 89,xxx original miles...the guy we got the car from put a new set of tires on for us as the ones on the car were brand-mismatched "takeoffs" (used) with quite a bit of wear and, well, they sucked to put it bluntly...
  3. Worth it to repair 2000 Passat or look for a used car (very limited budget)?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hi- I have a 2000 Passat B5 with approx. 128,000 miles on it. I need to have the subframe replaced and a few other things. The car won't pass inspection in 2016 unless the subframe is replaced and I'm told it's dangerous to drive it as-is (although it did pass this year, which is when my...
  4. My Low Budget B5.5 Project

    The Showroom
    Now, as I've recently come to know, the words "low budget" and "Volkswagen" don't often go together well. As particular as these cars are about the parts they get and the fluids put in them, building and maintaining one on the cheap is almost impossible. That being said, I think I've managed to...
  5. Good budget friendly drop?

    Volkswagen Passat B6 Discussion
    Hey guys, I've been looking for a decent drop for my 08. I've been doing some research on the cup kits that ecs tuning has and I like the idea of a slightly stiffer than stock ride with a 1.5 inch drop. Anyone have any other ideas? Budget is about $700 and I don't want to go too much higher. I'm...
  6. B7 Passat budget Audi A8?

    Volkswagen Passat B7 Discussion
  7. Budget aftermarket backup camera

    Mobile Electronics
    What are my options to install a budget backup camera to Passat SE? It already has an LCD monitor (its resolution is low, but should be enough for the camera). Probably a mirror based screen would be cheaper. What is the estimated camera/screen and labor cost? Thanks!
  8. Timming Blet on a 2.8 in the sac area, on a budget and need it done.

    USA - West
    Having a baby next month, and on a serious budget. but, i have a 2003 B5.5 wit ha V6, with 78k miles on it. it needs the timming belt done, and has a leaking valve gasket. is there anybody local that is good at doing this? or maybe a shop that is good that is reasonable? i got a quote from...
  9. B6 MFD2 Aux input | DIY on a budget

    Volkswagen Passat B6 Discussion
    Here are DYI instructions for making an AUX input plug. This was done on a 2006 Passat, but should work with any MFD2 unit that has the 18 pin Aux input. With some spare parts, the entire thing cost $4.19 +tax. MFD2: Materials 1. Solder type 3.5mm connector from radioshack. PN...
  10. My budget stereo build in my wagon..........

    Mobile Electronics
    I am running a yellow top Optima, 0 gauge power and ground, 4 Q-power Black Mamba 15s in prefab boxes, a planet audio 4.5 inch touchscreen cd/dvd/usb/sd and a planet audio Big Bang 2400.1 amp. Subs are wired down to 2 ohms. Just had some meter time yesterday and hit a 145.6 at 50hz. I am very...
  11. What do you think about my budget for a b5 vw passat?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    ok i want to buy one of the earlier b5 vw passats meaing 98 99 or 00 i dont care what anyone thinks when these things are modded they are amazing ok i have a budget of 3 grand and the folowing stats are more like minimum but are what i expect to get for 3 grand: 5speed manual...
  12. DIY Budget "Cat Back" Exhaust

    B5 Garage
    Goal: Make a Bolt-On 2.5" Exhaust for a B5.5 for under $100 Tools: I will be using a welder and pre bent tubing the Auto Parts Store BUT my goal is to make it user friendly so that people without access to a welder can bolt it together with clamps. It's a good idea to keep the stock exhaust...
  13. Coilover options (student budget)

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    So I have gone back to school (after being a mechanic for 6 years) and I am looking for some options to get my car lower. I am on a budget and am looking at the JOM or the FK streetlines. Right now the car sits on the FK highsport kit (60/40). I would love a set of ST coilovers but they are a...
  14. Brightest lights for budget buyer?

    B5 Garage
    Hey guys, Been doing some research on headlights for my 2001.5 V6. I'd LIKE to buy a 6000K HID conversion kit, but I can't afford the $250 for HEADLIGHTS. :banghead: Considering that, what are some suggestions for the brightest lights (highs, lows, and fogs) I can get that plug-n-play into the...
  15. Help fix the budget deficit

    The Black Hole
    Budget Puzzle: You Fix the Budget This is really cool, and it shows pretty graphically that all those favorite items for "cutting waste" and "belt tightening" and even "reducing the military" won't do jack. Give it your best shot. :)
  16. best budget vag-com tool?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    i dont have 250 for a ross tech interface. whats the best option for someone like me?
  17. Looking for a car while on a tight college-student budget - Suggestions?

    Anything Auto
    After owning my second '99 Passat for three years, which has been nothing but problems since I bought it (it was certainly a lemon, as my first Passat was in absolute perfect condition... until someone side-swiped me), I'm in search of another car. However, being a 22-year old trying to pay for...
  18. PPI 356CS 6.5" components for $110 shipped, pretty sweet comps if you're on a budget.

    Classified Archive
    PPI 356CS 6.5" components for $110 shipped, pretty sweet comps if you're on a budget. For under $150 I don't think you'll find much better. Rebadged a/d/s. I just picked up a set for fun mostly. Anyone have any first had experience with these? $110 after microsoft cash back...
  19. Cutting budget.....

    The Black Hole "The thrifty measures Obama ordered for federal agencies are the equivalent of asking a family that spends $60,000 in a year to save $6." :lol: Funny how they only talk Millions when it comes to...
  20. High Definition (HD) Head Unit on a budget

    Mobile Electronics
    My daughter wants to add a HD Head unit into her car (a MK3, but I may choose to follow in my B5). I see that Crutchfield has several, but want to understand if the purchase should be HD ready with separate HD tuner or include HD in the head unit. There are many HD ready, but only a few with...