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  1. Am I handling this flushing correctly?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hello. I was given a 2002 V6 Passat because the oil cooler had failed. I've replaced the oil cooler, but I'm not sure if I fixed the problem, or if I'm flushing the cooling system incorrectly. I've bypassed the heater core. I turn on the car so that the thermostat will open. I let the car...
  2. B4 ( 1994-1996 ) Handling and Steering feel... ?

    Volkswagen Passat Early B Platforms Discussion
    Test drove an B4 yesterday and the car was in excellent/mint condition so I'm interested to buy this car. BUT... one thing that hit me was that the steering was extremely light and vague so the car handling was very BAD and nervous on the road. :thumbdown The steering felt unresponsive and...
  3. getting better handling

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    i just got 18" rims on put ST coils on and i want to get some better handling what would you guys suggest. Sway bars ect...
  4. bad clutch & bad handling.. related?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I've had all my suspension components checked and everything seems tight, had alignment done as well after installing new tires 2 weeks ago. I still feel the car not handling properly. It's nothing too serious but it doesnt feel "on rails" like it used to. It also vibrates a tad more than usual...
  5. car shaking side to side (but not steering wheel), bad handling

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    My 03 b5.5 wagon seems to have developed a side to side shake at freeway speeds, its not too bad but it feels as if the whole cabin is on springs in a way. it doesnt handle as good either (doesnt feel "on rails"). I blew a front tire going fast not long ago, it ripped part of the plastic inside...
  6. Wayward Handling

    Volkswagen Passat B6 Discussion
    I have a 2009 Passat Estate with the 170bhp TDi Engine. The car has now covered around 86k miles and for the last 7-8k has had a strange side to side wobble when going around left curves on fast roads. The car was looked at by VW who claimed it to be the tracking, so after several attempts to...
  7. rattle and poor handling

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Well for like two weeks now my car been driving like shit. Real bumpy ride and when i go over 50mph feels like the car never settles in:driving:..also when i go a speed bump or a pothole i hear a rattle ...does anyone have a idea what it can be ..shocks..tie rods:banghead:
  8. Ride and Handling Advice

    Volkswagen Passat B6 Discussion
    Just scored a nice 2008 black Lux wagon with 27k miles. It's my 3rd Passat (’93 VR6 5-speed wagon, 2001 4Motion sedan). I love the car, but it could be a bit firmer, have less body roll and actually change direction when you crank the wheel. I'm thinking springs, shocks and rear roll bar. I...
  9. One pic, One Word: Danica Patrick Handling the curves.

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  10. B5 Handling / Suspension Question

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hi, I have to admit I'm mightily impressed with my B5 TDi 110 SE Passat. Goes well, quiet, comfortable etc... But the handling and general stability I think is poor. Came from a Renault Laguna, which felt very sure footed and handled well... Basically the Passat seems very "floaty". It almost...
  11. Bob Woodward's new book scorches Bush and his handling of Iraq

    The Black Hole
    from: It looks to me like: a) Bush doesn't trust his most senior military staff; b) makes end-runs around them; and, c) doesn't have a clue about what's really going on in Iraq, since he doesn't trust his senior military...
  12. Handling question American vs Euro.

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    Ok, I can feel the difference in an American car designed and built here vs a Euro car designed and built there. I don't know how to put these characteristics into words. But in your opinion what makes one better than the other? What do you guys think (guys here is unisex)? If you have a...
  13. handling impressions after installing 18's

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    just installed a set of rs4's 18x8.5 w/235/40 general exclaim tires. 2 weeks prior, i installed eibach pro kit springs w/ bilstein sports. with the stock wheels/tires, i was really impressed with how the car handled and rode. and after putting on the 18's with the wider tires, i thought it...
  14. Help with spacer and handling question!!!!!

    Wheel and Tire Forum
    got a b5.5 tdi sport lowered on fk coilovers on standard sport alloys. the rear wheel sits inside the arch more so than the front i think the rims are et37. im not going to upgrade to 18's etc so i was thinking of putting some spacers on the rear to bring the rim in line with the arch and same...
  15. how much handling performance I'm I giving up by going 16 instead of 17 tires

    Wheel and Tire Forum
    How much difference in handling is there between 16" and 17" tires (assuming the same high performance tire on each)? I'm looking for input like: XX% of the handling/steering response of the 17s. Or night and day. or no comparison. Essentially I'd like to know how much I'd be giving up by not...
  16. Neuspeed Sport Springs- Handling in Adverse Conditions?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hi, I'm thinking about replacing the OEM springs on my passat wagon with Neuspeed Sport Springs. They will lower the car 1.5". I know it will make the handling tighter when the roads are dry, but how will the new suspension geometry affect the handling when the roads are wet or snowy?? I'm...
  17. Best neutral handling set up with 1BE?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    So, I am going to be getting the 1BE in about a month and wanted it to be as neutral as possible with a little tail hanging out. So what is best sway bar set up?: Front Rear 1. None None 2. Stock None 3. Stock Neuspeed 4. 1BE None 5. 1BE Neuspeed 6. Other...
  18. Handling Basics

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I have to do this to help out my fellow :b5: s. I can't stand seeing all of this wrong information being posted so, I'll post some useful guidelines to help the handling impaired. Understeer- increasing the steering input doesn't change the direction the car is traveling. AKA snowplow affect...
  19. How to Improve Handling without Sacrificing Ride Comfort

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Today I completed my odyssey of suspension improvements for my ‘05 TDI wagon. Because I am totally convinced that the final outcome of my experiments is as balanced a ride as any aftermarket attempts can possibly yield, I thought it appropriate to start a new thread and tell all about it. For...