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  1. Dimming trunk light drives me CRAZY

    B5 Garage
    Whenever I open the trunk and start to search for tools it happens. About 10-15 seconds after opening it, the light only works at about 50% efficiency. If I press the unlock button on the key fob, it works perfectly again. How can I get rid of this REALLY annoying "feature"? Car is a b5.5, bulb...
  2. Turbo responsiveness seems to fade on longer drives

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I've recently done a couple of drives at two hours or more, and I suppose it could be my imagination, but it seems like after the first hour and a half or so, the turbo doesn't seem to respond as much or as quickly, for instance while going up longer hills or pulling away from stops. I'm sure...
  3. Car only drives in reverse except when in limp mode

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    So I was about to go to work and got the pleasant surprise of the car not moving after starting. After starting the car will only move in reverse fairly hesitantly. When in drive or any of the other gears it just revs up same as if it was in neutral. After a bit of this it goes into limp mode...
  4. Hard to keep running at start up, runs and drives perfect after. No codes

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    1998 Passat AEB. Ever since I bought the car like 3 years ago if I fill the gas tank up completely when I go to start it the first time I would have to kinda hold the gas to keep it running but within about 20 seconds it would be fine and never have to worry about it unless i topped off the tank...
  5. Oil pressure warning light went off twice in two drives, then no more

    B5 Garage
    I just wanted to get the groups insight here. I have a 99 1.8t Passat wagon that has 105K on the car, but the engine was rebuilt about 20K ago by the VW mechanic that sold the car to me. (he lives a fair bit from me) It has received full synthetic oil changes every 5K; and most recently with 5w...
  6. Sarah Burgess drives without a hood, do you?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hey guys! I couldn't help but think about how cool it would be to drive a passat without a hood... The air intake on that car is pretty darn obvious, but can you drive a car like that in the rain without disastrous issues and or catastrophic...
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  9. 1999 It Drives, then Park, on restart Dash Fades Warnings, Disconnect Neg, it Drives!

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    1999 4 door, 1.8 20V, (B5 engine APT) 110k miles. UK & I'm a newbie to posting but have read loads and followed advice appearing in the forum. This is what currently happens: It Drives (nicely), then park and switch off, on restart dash lights fade &/or the warning sounds. If you then...
  10. Felix Baumgartner test drives the Volkswagen XL1

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    Felix Baumgartner test drives the Volkswagen XL1 Felix Baumgartner test drives the Volkswagen XL1 the most fuel efficient car in the world.
  11. Love my Passat ! Fantastic car that drives excellent !!!

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    Hello there. I recently purchased a 2004 Passat GLS 5sp, black in and out. 1.8T engine and the standard 15" VW/BBS rims and 195/65 R15 tires. I absolutely love this car... The power is great, turbo lag is not bad at all, ( in comparison to my DSM 2nd Gen 5spd ) but the handling is what really...
  12. AT drives in N, no R, other gears shift randomly

    B5 Garage
    A little history first. 2001 B5.5 1.8T with a EZS tiptronic, 175k. I just bought the car and let my wife take it on a long drive against my better judgement as the tranny had a leak. 1500 miles later and a few miles from home, there is no reverse but she gets home. I drop the pan, fix the...
  13. Car barely drives!!

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hey I'm desperate for some help! My 2002 1.8T passat has no power when it drives and idles rough. First, on a cool engine the car idles rough when it's over 10 rpm, when it drops under it runs smoother and does rumble. Second, when I drive it, the car's rpms go up high, but the car does not...
  14. FS: 98 passat 1.8T manual - runs and drives, but written-off - $1K or part out offers

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    My wife got t-boned on the driver side. Crushed the front door, b-pillar and rocker panel. STill drives fine. I drove it for two days before taking it to the body shop, where they asssessed >$5K in damage. So insurance company wrote it off. AEB Engine still strong with Chipped with...
  15. pre-production test drives

    Volkswagen Passat B7 Discussion
    according to a very brief usa today website dated 8 july Test Drive - Photos vwoa will be providing each dealer with 2 preproduction models for customers to test drive. a 12 july article in readmedia Massachusetts Volkswagen Dealership Offers Advance Drives in American-Made Passat...
  16. Squeaking noise. Drives me mad!

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    My car has developed a very strange high pitched squeaking noise, and i have trouble identifying where it is coming from. It seems like it originates somewhere behind the drivers seat, every time i go over a bump. Drives me crazy! :crazy: Does anyone have a similar problem? What can that be?
  17. Any Kickass Drives this summer

    USA - West
    Is there going to be any long kickass drives this summer? Something over to easten washington from seattle or something like that
  18. FS: 18x8 flik wasps w/ yokohama S drives

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    Im selling my summer wheels. 18x8 flik wasps. I just put new Yokohama S drives on about 5k ago paid 650 for the tires. Im looking for 700obo. im reasonable so pm me, maybe we can work something out. They do have a little curb rash that i can take some pictures of when i get a chance. pics can be...
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  20. Golden Globe Winner drives one

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    Michael C Hall drives one. Hope he recovers soon.