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  1. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hi, I was wondering if anyone has an opinion on how long an opened bottle of brake fluid will be good for. It's the VW stuff that comes in a cylindrical metal bottle. I've had mine since February this year. I tried searching, but perhaps I wasn't creative enough with my search terms... Thanks...
  2. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Help!! Just got back from a trip out west, and now my HID's dont work! Help me, I found that both fuses were blown and tried replacing them, but they just keep blowing. I dont know what the problem is, they were working fine before my trip, and now they dont work.
  3. B5 Garage
    My 99 Passat 1.8t is in limp mode & has trouble code: P0717 input/turbine speed sensor circuit no signal. Does anyone here know exactly where the faulty sensor is actually located on the car? I just can't for the life of me find any info anywhere that tells me exactly where it is on the car. Is...
  4. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    My wife was driving to work the other day and her 03 Passat just stopped.Try to restart and it will run for 2 or 3 seconds and shut off again.I can do this 50 times and it does the same thing.Its a v6 fwd.I thought it might be the security system but the little car with the key on it isn't lit...
  5. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I have a 99 passat GLX B5(2nd owner) and the folding mirrors weren't working. All the fuses were good so I figured the switch was broken. So I put the new switch in(the old one was actually unplugged), and then mirrors work for a minute or so then it blow out fuse number 6?????? (5a) which is...
  6. Volkswagen Passat B6 Discussion
    Hi all I am a frequent lurker and have learned a lot over the years. This is my first post as I am so torn about what to do and need/welcome all perspectives & advice. I have a 4motion 3.6 07 wagon with 52k miles. I am the 2nd owner and bought the car not too long after the 1st owner had the...
  7. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I appreciate any and all input!! back in january i bought this 99 1.8t wagon stick from a friend for $800 with 153k. I am up to nada value in more than fair condition with 160k on suspension parts, clutch, sway bar links, new brakes rotors/pads/flex lines and labor costs without even getting...
  8. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Long story short, and I can't believe I'm even thinking about this now, but for the last while now I've been contemplating keeping my car and buying a new one, or just selling/trading and buy a new one. It's been a great car, but I started a new job last week and the commute is a bit further...
  9. Volkswagen Passat B6 Discussion
    We are replacing the, cam follower, camshaft, timing "belt", and water pump. $$$ We've babied this car from mile 1, and always paid dealer service. Turns out the 120,000 warranty extension does not extend an extra 3,200 miles.... but that is just Sour Grapes. Two questions: Keep or Quit...
  10. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    We have a 2002 Passat Wagon 1.8T 5-spd that has been the daily driver for my wife. It has about 155k now. We have had some issues over the years, most notable the random failure of the clutch interlock switch which resulted in random no-starts for a couple of years and then an early failure of...
  11. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I bought my first car yesterday for $2000. It is a black 2000 VW Passat Wagon GLS 4motion 2.8 L V6 with 150K miles. Took it home and the check engine light went on. This is when I began to mentally prepare myself for what was to come. Took it to the mechanic today, and with worry in his voice...
  12. Volkswagen Passat B6 Discussion
    Just finished a little project on my grill. Not sure if I like it. I'm 50/50 on keeping it. Let me know your guys feeling on it Before: After with added chrome trim: Get rid of it? Like it? Finish the top horizontal bars as well? Or take it all off and go back to all black. Post your...
  13. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I have a 2003 Wagon, AWM 1.8t, Auto, APR chipped, 220,000km- blue exterior tan/black interior. While in Dubai for work, I stored it for 2 years and it started to go to shit. It needs brakes all around/control arms/exhaust(cat), turbo seals and recently the low oil pressure light came on (despite...
  14. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    My 2001.5 1.8t currently needs a new steering strut bearing (or something similar) along with a cat converter. I will also need to do my timing belt within the next year or so. This is my first car, I bought it last November. I love this thing to death, but I wish it had some better performance...
  15. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I'm driving myself crazy and I need some perspective. Any input appreciated. One year ago I bought an 04 Passat 1.8T. I had a PPI done by a reputable independent shop. They found some things but said the car was a good buy if those things were fixed. I got the dealer to fix them as part of...
  16. B5 Garage
    I've searched for this problem using the custom search but can't find any info here on this site regarding my problem. I went to replace my NGK plugs two months ago on my 1.8t AWM and noticed that the plugs were only finger tight when I went to remove the old ones. I know that I torqued them...
  17. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Ok so I picked up this 1998 1.8T Passat about 3 weeks ago. It was my best friend's uncles' car. He said he didn't drive it anymore and to come get it for free if I wanted it. Needless to say, I grabbed it quick. I bought a battery for it recently, installed it and the next morning I went outside...
  18. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Sorry if this has been answered but it is hard to sort through all the search results. I am replacing the rear rotors on my 2001.5 B5.5 FWD. Reason is I suspect they are warped, and its an easy job. I have PBR metal master pads and they look to have a lot of pad left based on my eyeball. I...
  19. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    This is regarding a 2003 V6 FWD. The outer tie rod is seized to the inner tie rod. Would like to remove the tie rod assembly and bring into the shop bench to work on loosening it. Will mark the regular toe position so that it can be replaced at that same position. But how to ensure the...
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