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  1. Possible to disable Emission Workshop alert for p0420 p0430 instead of reflash?

    B5 Garage
    Checked the software version and found it falls within the versions affected by the strict 02 sensor settings. Already called a stealership and they said it would be an hour's labour to do the reflash( :wrench: ), is it possible to just disable this alert through vcds as I do not need emissions...
  2. Can I drive my Passat with distilled water instead of coolant?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Had the "mysterious disappearing coolant" issue for a while and replaced the coolant flange on Friday. To test whether the leak disappeared I only filled the reservoir up with distilled water as I only anticipated short trips around town this week. Now I got a surprise meeting I have to drive to...
  3. Should I fix my car or get a used car instead?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I have a 2002 VW Passat 1.8T FWD Tiptronic. It has 129,920 miles on it. It was in an accident where a guy ran the stop sign in front of me. I kept the $1,700 check from his insurance instead of getting it fixed then. The front bumper cover needs to be replaced and it needs a new radiator support...
  4. Dash displays minutes instead of mile range?

    New Member Introductions
    My 2001 needed a new battery. Ever since it was installed the LED on the dash has read minutes instead of the miles left to the tank. I tried cycling through and resetting with the button on the wiper switch but it did not give me the miles option. Just minutes driven today or minutes driven...
  5. Unleaded fuel instead of diesel

    Volkswagen Passat B6 Discussion
    I have a MY09 2.0TDI 125KW and my sister put in about 3 liters of unleaded into almost empty tank of diesel. She realized her mistake and and stopped and did not did not start it. What to do just drain the tank and refill with diesel? Any suggestions? What is the best way to drain the tank...
  6. OEM HID Bi-Xenons on the US B7 (instead of aftermarket)?

    Volkswagen Passat B7 Discussion
    I can clearly see that the European 2013 Passat has a bi-xenon HID option: I can also see that many people at passatworld have installed aftermarket HIDs...
  7. Can 2000 V6 exhaust flex pipe replacement be clamped in place instead of welding?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    2000 V6, manual transmission, the exhaust flex pipe on the drivers side is shot. I would prefer to do this myself instead of taking it to a muffler shop. I don't know how to weld and I don't have welding equipment. Can the new replacement flex pipe be clamped in place instead of welding it...
  8. Replacing just the outter CV joint instead of the whole axle

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Anyone ever used these (from Vw Passat CV Joint - Passat CV Joint Kits Start at $69.95 Wondering if it's any better/easier/longer lasting than replacing the whole axle. My joints are starting to sound like marraccas. What do you think? 2004 Passat GLS 1.8t tipster
  9. I coulda had a V8; instead, I have a W8 - with issues

    New Member Introductions
    LOL. I do need help, however. After 3 days as a new 2003 owner, my engine fans are running full blast on start and after engine off. I disconnected the battery and now it is not doing it. I expect that it will start up again in a few days with the same problem. Any suggestions? Is it a...
  10. Excuse me, but WTF did I buy instead of crankshaft seals?

    B5 Garage
    Hello. Most of you should know that i'm not from US and english is not my native language. Around a month ago I bought a set of two seals that I thought were the crankshaft ones. Any way, comparing them to the one I had previously bought it's pretty obvious that these parts are not the same...
  11. oil change problem - hex drain plug instead of 19mm?

    B5 Garage
    anyone know what size hex or triple square i need for the oil drain plug? idk why but mine is not the regular 19mm. thx
  12. Diverter valve "Chings" now instead of "Psshh"es

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Ever since I installed my FMIC, my diverter valve has been making a different noise. I have an aluminum one that works great, but now instead of going PSSHH! It goes, PING! We put the FMIC on and before driving, we swapped out the medium spring for the hard spring. After that the car idled...
  13. 194 instead of W3W for SideMarker

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I swapped my front ide markers form W3W to 194 today. Both were burned out and I couldn't find W3W in town. My concern is simply that the wattage is lightly higher on the 194 - 3 watts vs. 3.78 I believe but I am surely on the first B5.5 owner to do thi in the states! Any issues with the...
  14. Running city light as parking lights instead of corners

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Well I thought I was done with my Passat but too many people slip through on selling and my AMG chews gas so I am keeping it. I believe this is correct, the headlight used were the Depo projectors. This mod makes it so when you turn to parking the city lights illuminate and the corners only...
  15. Hey all!!! So I just got my waggie B5.5 instead of GTI VR6...

    New Member Introductions
    Just found this site and I am impressed with the people and the knowledge. :bowdown: I had a 2000 GTI GLX VR6 for just about a year prior to this. So I picked up a 2003 Blue Silver Wagon GLX with 5 speed. Now here's the question, what should I look for/need to check out right now? It has 107k...
  16. Why a Timimg Belt Instead of a Chain?

    B5 Garage
    Maybe this has been covered, but it seems that the timing belt on a 1.8T is a never-ending source of worry. In fact, almost every manufacturer now uses timing belts and have done so for a long time. Time was when cars (my Dad's old Ford 390 V8, for example) had timing chains. Some people even...
  17. Multi-media tablet (eg, iPad) instead of an owner's manual

    Anything Auto
    Now that's a good idea Hyundai is apparently going to offer a multi-media tablet like the iPad to replace the paper owner's manual for the top-range Equus when it goes on sale in the US toward...
  18. New floor mats have ovals instead of holes...

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    ..... anybody pop out the oval female plugs in the mat and replace them with your old round hole plugs from your old mats? They look slightly different in outside diameter.
  19. Can I use 5W-30 instead of 5w-40 engine oil

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I bought 2003 Passat, and the previous owner had used 5w-30 oil, where as the manual says 5w-40, and 5w-30 only for topping off. Now, 5w-40 oil seems to be uncommon in the US, so can I use 5w-30 instead, and how much is the difference between 5w-40 and 5w-40 oil. I read somewhere that it makes a...
  20. Bolts instead of turbo studs??

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I'm putting in a new turbo today and I went to put the new turbo and realized it didn't come with studs that connect it to the cat. The turbo housing is threaded... can anyone think of any reason I shouldn't use high temp exhaust bolts to connect the turbo to the cat? -Rick