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  1. Why do I like these B5.5s so much?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Feels like I’m a Passat addict. It’s a long story over many years and cars. But for now I’m driving these. 04 1.8t Variant 4motion 5 speed 04 W8 4motion 6 speed Makes driving fun most days. Feeling very fortunate.
  2. Like most people, someday we come crawling back

    The Showroom
    I'm baaaackkkkk!!!!! On February 24th, 2014, I wrote my "final" goodbye detailing the sale of our beloved 2003 B5.5 that was sold to a friend of a friend. The car currently resides on Las Vegas and I still keep tabs on her. Following the sale of the B5.5, I purchased a 2011 MK6 GTI 4 Door...
  3. B5 door doesn't like opening

    B5 Garage
    So whenever I lock my door and unlock it the door (every door including the trunk!) won't open unless I push in on it. Anyone know the reason why that happens and if there is remedy for that? Really annoying problem lol
  4. Help! no power 1.8 sounds like diesel..

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    car is stock 2004 awm 1.8 5 speed 4 mo. 140k timing belt is 20k miles old. was running through the gears around 5k rpm and felt like i hit a rev limiter. was in 3rd gear so i put it in 5th and drove to my destination a few miles down the road didn't realize what happened until i slowed down. car...
  5. Feels like boost is lacking but VCDS says opposite

    B5 Garage
    I'm trying to find if I have a boost leak. I just did a few pulls with VCDS running and the charts seem off. I'm looking a block 115 to be specific and my "specified" and "actual" boost levels peaked at 1600mbar and 1980mbar (23.2psi and 28.7psi). I thought the little K03 can only do about...
  6. ATW smokes like a train

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I just rebuilt my 2000 Passat's 1.8t. During the rebuild I snapped a bolt off in the turbo so I replaced it with an eBay turbo. Now I have it all together and running but it smokes like crazy. Throws no codes, starts and idles fine, compression is good but that smoke is insane! I'm pretty...
  7. Who says you can't be an enthusiast if you like stock late-model cars?

    Anything Auto
    Has anyone that's been around in the VW world noticed something? There are basically two factions of people you see at VW shows or events. A) The air-cooled crowd: Typically older people that grew up in these models, they like the relative simplicity of the mechanics, they're nostalgic, and...
  8. Car runs like [email protected]

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    My Passat is running like shit and I'm at my wits end. Keep throwing 9 codes. I know they are all tied in together. 2001 Passat 1.8t AWM 260k miles P0445 P0141 P0245. P0031 P0037. P0102 P0418 P0414 P2400 I know what the codes are. Boost(n75) , MAF , 02's , SAI , evap however I can't...
  9. New here, looks like the place to be. Camshaft position sensor issue, possibly

    New Member Introductions
    Unfortuntaely I'm coming here due to car issues in our 2014 passat 1.8 tsi. The check engine light came on and its running rough. I took it to autozone, and they said it was the camshaft position sensor. Anyone have any tutorials on how to swap that out? It looks like it was easy on older...
  10. Looks like my MAF is shot. May I just disconnect it? (for a while)

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Yo there. Yesterday I was getting back from the grocery when my IDLE became pretty rough. The engine didn't stall but it was amazing how nuts the RPM gauge on the cluster performed. I pulled over for a moment and when I tried to get back to the street the car was completely out for power. As...
  11. Apps like Pandora auto launching with Android Auto..

    Anything Auto
    For anyone that has a new vehicle with AA or Apple Car play, or installed a new head unit with them, if you're having this issue, I may have stumbled on the fix. My car is a 2015 Sonata Sport 2.0T Limited with the factory Infinity system. It had Android Auto already installed and a few months...
  12. i like the did you know...

    New Member Introductions
    it is true too
  13. Passat sounds like it's misfiring after rad change

    B5 Garage
    Hi all, this is my first post and I hope I can get some help. Somy 2004 Passat 1.8t was losing coolant really quickly and the hoses looked fine, so I thought I'd just buy a radiator and change it myself. Using two guides ( V6 Timing Belt Replacement - PassatB5 and Lock carrier-service position...
  14. What do you like best and dread the most?

    New Member Introductions
    If you was to pick one thing, what would you say you like the most about your Passat? Also, what one thing do you like the least?
  15. 2001 passat B5.5 throwing codes left and right and leaks oil like it's going out of s

    B5 Garage
    Hello all.... I have a b5.5 passat with a 2.8 tiptronic trans 140K.... I bought the car for 300 bucks as the fella I got it from lost the key and it sat for 6 months or more..... The battery went dead.... Sorry if this is kinda long but I'm trying to include as much info as possible.... There...
  16. 2001 passat B5.5 throwing codes left and right and leaks oil like it's going out of s

    New Member Introductions
    Hi I am new to the group as well as Volkswagens...... If anyone has any thoughts on this car it would sure be apreaciated..... It's throwing anywhere from 12-22 codes and every module in the car lights up with faults.... However it does start and drive but it bangs in 5 th gear when you let off...
  17. Coolant loss but no puddles. Looks like "steam" from exhaust on startup.

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    '05 1.8 coding intermittent misfire on 2 and 3, losing coolant slowly with definite "steamy" exhaust on startup and first couple hundred feet of drive. Starts rough but smooths out quickly and all other operation is fine. Studied the threads and can't find any clues under coolant or head...
  18. Super Noob here, like, I need a cape.

    New Member Introductions
    So, I own a 2001 VW Passat station wagon named Volksy. I know absolutely nothing about cars - the extent of my knowledge is that you put gas in the car and go - but recently had some issues with my car. One of my girlfriends fixed the issues (a leaky hose and a leaky gasket) and as I watched...
  19. 5spd V6 feels like over-revving at 3500rpm

    B5 Garage
    2000 V6 30v FWD manual, always scared switching gears above 3500 RPM, sounds like it's revving too high on top of the obnoxiously loud mechanical fan especially in lower gears. When I'm on the highway, at a constant 3k rpm, I'm afraid to push it up to say 5k as it sounds like the engine is...
  20. Weird electrical buzz and clunk like noise at start up

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Electrical buzz and clunk like noise at start up and 5 climatronic codes Not sure if this is normal or not, but regardless if it is a cold start or it's already warmed up it makes an electrical buzz. But the clunk from the front. Some guy that heard it randomly said it may be a pulley. Should...
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