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  1. Anything Auto
    Okay, so we all have Passats, and we all know about the oil sludge problems associated with these cars. I thought I would share my experience with a sludge-related breakdown to encourage everyone to keep on top of their oil changes, and most importantly to have the car looked at by a VW mechanic...
  2. B5 Garage
    The victim is a one owner 01 1.8t Auto. Car had sat for over a year. Initially it would not crank. After replacing the ABS fuse and the 10amp fuse on the back of the radio and installing a new battery it runs and drives fine. But no window, sunroof, interior lights, or key less entry. Suspect...
  3. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I have a horror story too..! 03 passat 1.8t. Had to replace my engine due to timing belt snapping. Had to replace the engine. Mechanic replaced engine. When I went to pick up the car there was a check engine light on it. He said that the car ran fine and it wasn't crucial to replace it...
  4. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Two months ago when the serpentine belt shredded on My 2002 1.8 T VW Passat, getting tangled in the timing belt, it locked up the engine and bent several valves as I was driving. :cry: After weeks of online research I called and spoke to a Los Angeles mechanic (Radi's on Sunset Blvd., near...
  5. Volkswagen Passat Early B Platforms Discussion
    I'm not sure how to delete this post---my Passat is a 2002, therefore I believe the post would have been in the wrong place... I've moved it, and don't want to appear to be doubling up on the post... sorry... mia culpa.
  6. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    recently i took my car into a body shop to have the front and rear bumpers completely repainted. i was quoted $655 for 9hrs labor and materials. what i got back is perhaps the shittiest paint work i have ever seen. i even had the guy redo the front bumper and the result is still unbelievably...
  7. B5 Garage
    So Following Hermans suspension write up we get to the dreaded rusted corroded bolt connecting the upper ca. We try to bang it out unsuccessfully. Crap what do we do now? Try to free the bolt by spinning it by way of double wrenching. Oh no the bolt head bends and spins whilee the threaded...
  8. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Has anyone of you ever had your timing belt break while driving? If so, tell us your horror story. Where were you driving to? How fast were you going? How much for towing? What's the date of birth of your car? What engine do you have? How many miles on the car at time? How much did the repair...
  9. B5 Garage
    Let me first say thanks to any and all that may be able to help me. I just joined today because of a problem I'm having with a 1999 Passat 1.8T with 115k miles. 2 months ago I lost the timing belt. When I bought the car I was told that all preventive maintainence was done, but that's another...
  10. Anything Auto
    :icon_eek: :cry: This M3's owner obviously pissed somebody off...
  11. Anything Auto
    So what do you think? Some kid pulls into the shop yesterday with a 2005 A3 2.0T and stays, "I've got this Magnacore muffler here and I want to cut my resonator and muffler off and replace 'em." Myself and another tech give the token :puke: . Then make absolutely sure this moron wants to do...
  12. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I can't believe it happened to me again. That's twice in the past year......I needed an oilchange and I don't do them myself because I have community garage in my building that doesn't allow it. So I try to take it to the dealership by be to get an oulchange, but I was already about 1k miles...
  13. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    My b5 98 1.8l 4-cyl blew a timing belt a week ago. It blew while i was stopped and in neutral. i got a new belt and then did a compression check just in case of bent heads, all the heads are bent, No pressure in any cylinder HELP!!!! this isn't supposed to happen, i do NOT want to get rid of my...
  14. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    British Car magazine, probably the world's best car mag, currently gives the Passat only 2 stars out of five, with the 4Motion V6 getting only one star! Sorry there's no link, they don't put much online. Some consolation... back in 99 they rated it four stars and best in class
  15. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    After poking around, I have found plenty of pro-chip discussions. Anyone have any horror stories from chipping their 1.8T? I'm on the fence about doing it to my '04 and would like any input that is avaialbe from both sides.
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