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  1. 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...
  2. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    '02 GLX ATQ 5spd. 165,000 mi. 28.5 mpg Recent (last week) timing belt and no codes at that time. Almost hate to post about this code as I know it is a generic code but I'm at a loss. Do not have a VAG/COM? device. Currently running fine, no drivability or starting issues. Two days ago (28F) it...
  3. Parts For Sale
    GermanAutoParts.com : Lists as $45 new w/o shipping from GAP....Will let go for $40 shipped. :thumbup:
  4. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Saw this Generic roof rack on eBay which looks a lot like the Thule 450. Anyone tried it? A little concerned about my $2500 kayak flying off the roof of my car with some knock off, but wondering if anyone has actually used it? thanks,
  5. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I'm having trouble with an air-temp sensor that reads faulty (generating the appropriate CEL code). Its $60 at NAPA (with a 'no refunds/exchanges on electronics' policy!), but it was $5 at the local scrap yard. For $5 it was easy enough to pop in, and see that the result WASNT the sensor, and in...
  6. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I was changing the oil and moved a hose when the T fitting under the intake manifold on an AWM broke. It took two stores to find the right size but the guy said they were for windshield washer hoses. Will it work as a temporary fix or will it be permanent? Where exactly do those hoses hoses...
  7. B5 Garage
    Hello all, just thought id report my first Passat repair experience. I had replaced my air filters and done an oil change on my new 1999 1.8T AEB passat. It ran great at first, but then the next day it ran very poorly at start up, sputtering and hesitating and turning on the CEL. I had to get it...
  8. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I'll be painting my calipers once my rotors and pads arrive. I see on G2's Epoxy Caliper Paint kit instructions that when it comes to prepping/cleaning it warns "DO NOT USE DEGREASER!" O.K. But instructions say to use G2's brake cleaner. But at nearly $50 a kit.... ixnay. Question, how much...
  9. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Sorry, this time I'm asking about my wife's 2004 Volvo XC90. Maybe someone can help me. I purchased a complete kit of four cross drilled and slotted rotors (zinc plated) including pads for the above car from ebay. I have done many brake jobs in the past and have never encountered this. As soon...
  10. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hello, Just found out that the check valve close to the air filter has crumbled and doesn't look good. Question is.... Can I just replace with a generic check valve from NAPA or do I really need the OEM stuff = $25 bucks ? Thanks, Daniel
  11. Anything Auto
    Has anyone used generic OBD with VagCom? A friend at work has a CEL and I tried to read it. I clicked the OBD button, it scanned, then came back with a message saying that the interface is OBD compliant. How do I do an OBD scan for fault codes? I tried scanning module 01, but that only works...
  12. Mobile Electronics
    Can anyone provide a "How To" for generic amp Install 99 Passat. I just bought a JBL GTO 75.4 500 Watt amp... Alpine 9827 Deck... And i want to know what wires, etc.. do i need to buy in order to do the install... If the install is too difficult then i guess i'll just leave it to the pro's...
  13. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    PC, Palm, etc? I saw on Ross-Tech's website that generic OBD functionality is planned for one of their products, but I'm in the market for something now and I'd rather not purchase two scan tools (for the wife's Saturn) and my B5. Any ideas?
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