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  1. It's only a matter of time---

    Volkswagen Passat B7 Discussion
    before the flat black plastic parts on the SEL turn a nasty faded-out gray color, from exposure to the sun. Have any of you considered painting over the plastic to *hide* the plastic from the sun?? The flat black plastic on our own SEL Premium has already started to fade. I have noticed that...
  2. Cold start issues. First time. Every time. No matter the temp.

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Ok... I am working on a 2002 Passat, 1.8T. Car runs fine. Good boost. No major drive-ability issues except for 1. On the first start, (and only the first start), the engine will start but stumbles and wants to die. Idle fluctuates and accelerator pedal is non responsive. Once the car starts...
  3. coolant flange cracking no matter what

    New Member Introductions
    im new to this and im hoping this has been on here before (even though i cant find it) so that someone can help... i have a 1998 passat aeb 1.8t... and after i owned it for a month the coolant flange cracked, no big deal put in a new one right? well thats wrong ive been having coolant flanges...
  4. Marijuana Legalized Today In Colorado, What Is Your Viewpoint On The Matter?

    The Black Hole
    Nine things to know before smoking pot in Colorado What are your thoughts on the legalization taking place in Colorado? Is the age limit correct? Do you think it will be successful or fall flat on its face? Should I buy Frito Lay stock? :P Personally speaking, as someone that has never used...
  5. Yellow matter custard in breather hose

    B5 Garage
    I am in the process of replacing my valve cover gasket, cam shaft seal and cap. I was investigating the inside of my breather hose connection behind the engine and noticed this yellow matter custard collecting at the top of the tube. See picture. What is that and is it bad? My other question is...
  6. Does the color of the coolant temperature sensor matter?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I have a 1999 passat with a 1.8t and I was driving today ans I heard a weird sound coming from the engine. I looked and the CTS wasnt even connected. Its the blue one and the whole gold part wasn't even on it so it wasn't even tight and it was basically just hanging. I ordered a new green one...
  7. Does VW certification matter?

    New Member Introductions
    We're looking into buying a Passat wagon. We've found a 2009 in black and a 2010 in silver. We like the touchscreen head unit of the 2010 model, but we like the color of the 2009 model. Any opinions which model we should go for? Mileage is comparable. The 2009 is about $2k more, but it's...
  8. Color MFD+ swap in 07 B6 Passat 2.0T 160 MPH -> does 200 MPH matter?

    Volkswagen Passat B6 Discussion
    I'm considering doing this swap in my 07 B6 Wagon. Has anyone swapped a 160 MPH to 200 MPH with a Color+ MFD? It's highline and I have the latest Q revision gateway already. I also already have Mk VI steering with AH SWCM. Everything is working flawlessly with the exception of Mk VI buttons...
  9. I need new/used MAF SENSOR but does it matter if...

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I got the b5 v6 and need to replace the maf sensor so....does it matter if I get a maf sensor for an automatic or manual? Mine is manual so idk if it makes a difference to get a maf sensor from a automatic car?
  10. Oil pressure light "STOP" - doesn't matter if pressure switch is disconnected or not?

    B5 Garage
    Oil pressure light "STOP" - doesn't matter if pressure switch is disconnected or not? Before I drop the pan for the infamous sludging/coking problem on my 1.8t, will somebody please give me a second look at the following observation. I have removed the pressure switch and replaced it with my...
  11. No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow

    The Showroom
    Can't wait for spring to come around and get the car out of storage! Until then 1 picture from last summer Photo credits go to cezah ;)
  12. WTB: B5.5 hood and front bumper cover...color doesn't matter

    WTB/WTT Section
    All Need a B5.5 hood and front bumper color. Both will be painted so I don't care about color. Both need to be in excellent shape (as I know how bumper covers can be). NO AFTERMARKET bumper covers....OEM only. PM me with what you have, price and how I can get it to me. :thumbup:
  13. My cabin air filter doesn't have a cover. Does it matter?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I just changed the cabin filter on my 2001.5 Passat, which I bought very recently. It clearly hadn't been changed for quite a while. I bought one of the charcoal treated filters, and it fit perfectly. I followed these instructions linked here, but these instructions mention/show a cover for...
  14. Does oil filter size matter?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    So, try not to flame me too bad for this one....I am new to working on cars....I did my first oil change on my own today. After surfing PW for a few months I have gained the confidence to begin doing the routine maintenance at home and save some $$. I am wondering though if my choice in oil...
  15. Help, no matter what I do...misfire in cylinder 4

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    ~deep breath~ I've been battling misfires for the last 2 weeks. START: on the way home I felt a loss in power then the engine light starts blinking. I immediately shut the engine off and coast to the side of the road. Check the coilpacks/plugs as best I could at 9PM, dark and freezing out. Get...
  16. Need B5.5 front bumper "mask". Color doesn't matter.

    Classified Archive
    Mine got screwed up. I need a new one badly. I don't need the three lower grills..... OEM b5.5 grill or aftermarket...doesn't matter. Anyone have one they're scrapping? Thanks :thumbup:
  17. Does octane matter if I drive like a grandpa?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I know modern engines have knock sensors and all that, but I heard it's still "bad" to use that as a band-aid for low octane fuel. My question is if octane (91 versus, say, 89) matters in light driving, meaning low-RPMs and gradual acceleration. I'm not concerned about losing power, but rather...
  18. Timing Belt Kit: Does it Matter?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I have about 53K miles on my 02 and plan to let the timing belt change. Although the mileage is not high but given I own th ecar almost 7 years, I think it would be better to change it rather than taking the risk. After searching, I found a wide range of prices for the kit (belt, tensioner...
  19. Quick Oil Change Question...Does Temp Matter?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I really need to change the oil in my 99 V6, and was waiting for slightly warmer weather but it just hasnt happened yet. Its -16 F and isnt really getting much better. Will the cold temps effect the oil change, or as long as the engine warms up before will it be ok? As I see it the oil would be...
  20. Do different tires on a Quattro matter?

    Anything Auto
    Not posted in "Wheel and Tire" due to Audi question. For those of you that have an Audi Quattro...can you run two separate types of tires on your car? For example, does it somehow affect the quattro system, if you have Kumho ASXs up front, yet Michelin Pilot Sport PS2s in the rear? Question...