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  1. Occasional Harsh downshift into first gear (Drive selected)

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I've been trying to find information about how the auto transmission works on my 2004 GLX V6 B5.5, does anyone have a link to a transmission manual? There is a harsh downshift into first (only occasionally) and because it's not doing it every time i'm starting to wonder what is causing it...
  2. Rear Bilsteins are too harsh; Koni Yellow or ?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I've had Bilstein HD's on my B5 wagon for about 5k miles. Fronts ride and handle great. Could do with softer damping in the rear. It just feels a little too harsh and jittery. Has anyone paired Bilstein fronts with Konis in the rear? Or tried other combos?
  3. Harsh 4th to 5th gear shift B5.5 4motion steptronic

    B5 Garage
    Hey all I have my roomates b5.5 4motion triptronic with 108k miles!!! that has started to experience very harsh 4th to 5th gear shifts increasing in frequency. It feels like you hit something in the road or hit a pothole to be honest so rather worrisome... not good... It happened four times when...
  4. passat b5, awm, 01v harsh shifting 5 to 4

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hello, B5.5 passat, AWM engine, 01v trans. Hard shifting 5 to 4. Even 2 to 1 feels a little harsh, but not as bad as 5 to 4. I checked the fluid level, was 2 liters low. But even after filling, shifting didn't improve. I am guessing one solenoid is opening to fast. I know how to replace...
  5. Taming a harsh ride with FK springs

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I've had my 04 Passat for 2 weeks now and I absolutely couldn't stand the 4x4 wheel gap so I decided I needed to get lower asap. I bought a set of FK 40mm springs from ECS and decided to ignore the advice of needing new struts and shocks. I figured I would give it a shot since the stock ones...
  6. really harsh buzzing at 4000 RPM cam chain tensioner???

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    So on my way home tonight I made a downshift to 3rd and held the RPM's at 4000 for a couple of seconds and I heard a really harsh buzzing sound from the engine. I pulled into a gas station, popped the hood and revved the engine by hand and it sounded like it was coming from the top of the back...
  7. Variant hopping after lowering + wheels

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hi all. I recently installed Koni Yellows with H&R Sports all the way around on my B5 Variant GLX. The drop is beautiful and I threw on some 18" Avus from an S4... gap looks great. car looks great. everyones happy. However, in some hard acceleration over rougher roads, I've felt what seems...
  8. Harsh Vibration when Braking

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I have a pretty wicked slapping sensation when I go to use my brakes recently. I noticed a slight vibration over the summer but its gotten much worse recently. I haven't really been driving the car but also noticed that one of my lca's needs replacing as well. I have a set of rotors and pads for...
  9. How to prevent welds from rusting (from harsh winter salt)???

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Well... I believe I've finally made the last repairs to a 3 year continuing problem with exhaust leaks. It's a long story, but NEVER GET AN AFTERMARKET CAT-BACK V6 EXHAUST THAT IS NOT STAINLESS STEEL. I learned the very hard way and have been sinking money into it ever since. Anyway... My...
  10. harsh cold start - help?!

    B5 Garage
    so iv been trying to figure out what the problem is now for quite some time...i have a 99 passat..every time i start the car in the morning, it seems as though the car is cranking more then it should, and slower too. I'm not sure what the problem is, I seafoamed the car through the intake and in...
  11. Harsh 5-4 downshift

    B5 Garage
    Hi. I have an '04 GLS Tip. with 65K. Trans downshifts harshly from 5 to 4 when slowing down. If I downshift manually before the trans does, say, at 40 or so, it is all smooth. All other gears are fine. Fluid level is correct. Dealer says wait til the trans breaks, then replace it. They say its a...
  12. transmission harsh shifting

    B5 Garage
    Hi all, My 2003 passat has been having problems shifting from park to reverse to drive, usually what happens is when I go to reverse i get a sudden jerk then the display goes to all read with the gears in black. Then when I go to drive, there is another jerk and it seems like it drives in a...
  13. b5 runs harsh at the moment

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    im at 83k miles and my 2001 b5 v6 has been great...the only thing is the weak suspension(as we all know) recently i put on 4 brand new tires(done by a shop where i bought them)...they were balanced and wheel alignment was done...2 weeks later i changed lower control arms on both sides(not the...
  14. B6 Passat Extremely Harsh Downshifting.

    Volkswagen Passat B6 Discussion
    My dad and moms b6 have been having constant problems with their transmissions. When coming down off an onramp the tranny will slam into the lower gear while down shifting. It feels like your hitting something. We took it to the dealer where at first they thought it was a computer issue on the...
  15. Harsh down shifts in sport mode?

    Volkswagen Passat B6 Discussion
    I was driving my new B6 (3.6 4MO) home from work in sport mode for the first time and noticed that the downshifts were harsh and accompanied by a lot of vibration as I was slowing down. Im not sure if the two are related. Anyone else have this problem?
  16. Passat 1.8T (B5.5) - Harsh Ride?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hi All, This has been bothering me for a while now. I'm currently on the Bilstein HDs with the stock springs. I find the ride harsh. By harsh, I mean that small irregularities on the roads like small potholes or speed stripes causes the car to get a very stiff bump. It's so stiff that it seemed...
  17. Passat 1.8T (B5.5) - Harsh Ride?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Sorry, duplicate post, hit the wrong button!
  18. Harsh downshifting from 5th to 4th

    B5 Garage
    Ok, so in automatic mode, when the tranny automatically downshifts from 5th to 4th, it gives the whole car a jerk. it does not happen when it upshifts from 4th to 5th, or any other gears. this is right after i installed the level ten torque converter and valve body. any thoughts?
  19. 1.8t engines suck? Or am being too harsh?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I am looking to buy a new 04 Passat 1.8T but I heard some not so good things about this engine. Such as a qt. of oil consumption about every 1k miles, sludge problems, turbo failures, leaks, etc. Am I being paranoid? Are oil consumption normal on these engines? Are these motors fairly reliable...
  20. Harsh ride

    B5 Garage
    I'm a new owner of a 2000 Model V6, handles well enough and rides well at higher speeds, but terrible crashy ride at lower speeds on rough inner-city roads. is this normal or does something need replacing/repairing? thanks!!!
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