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  1. Vendor Deals
    Been a while since we did the rounds of Kickstarter and Indiegogo, and after sifting through this afternoon we found three clever new auto accessories that are at the very least worth taking a closer look at. The first of the pack is the most practical, but as you work down the list they get a...
  2. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I purchased my car with an O2 sensor heater circuit issue. I checked all the system and it was indeed bad sensors. Because they were the non critical ones, I waited and changed them with new Bosch units the beginning of June. I reset the system and all lights went off. I drove it for a couple...
  3. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    My 2003 1.8t AWM wagon was parked in January with what I thought was a cam tensioner/turbo problem... This led to me replacing the following: Cam Chain tensioner (old one was making lots of noise) Did a complete vacuum hose and 034motorsport PCV valve redo (deleted SEI) Replaced Turbo/oil line...
  4. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I'm going to make the story short and sweet: -Buy 2001 B5 passat for 3600. The car was not inspected and could not pass my shop's inspection. Owner got it inspected somewhere else (my guess is lick and stick aka fraudulent tags) -Day 2 engine light goes on -Since then I have put an additional...
  5. Passat of The Month
    Passat Of The Month is a way of highlighting outstanding forum members and/or their cars. It's a means of recognizing the devotion/time/money/effort put into creating a unique and special car. It's also a way of acknowledging qualities like contribution, effort, accomplishment, comradery...
  6. Parts For Sale
    [SOLD] ************ 1 Month Old Mint B5.5 Floor Mats - OEM Passat Rubber Bought these about a 3 weeks ago for $99 from the dealer. ( couldn't find them much cheaper new OEM online and didn't want to wait) Now for the sake of weight ^^ I found a lighter non rubber set for a great price so I am...
  7. B5 Garage
    I seem to have a coolant leak, but there is no sign of the coolant leaking in the garage/floor, other than having to fill up the reservoir tank twice a month. I have checked the reservoir tank the last time I was under the hood, by feeling for any wetness and there was none. I know there are...
  8. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    One of my brake lines rusted and started to leak. I couldn't fix this in a month so I just let it be. Today I replaced the brake lines and I noticed almost all brake fluid was gone. Is it possible to bleed the brakes the "normal" way with the pedal ? Or do I have to take it to a VW garage when...
  9. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Just bought a 2003 Platinum Gray Metallic B5.5 Sedan GLX. V6, 5 speed with 119k on it. Owner wanted $5250 for it, we got it for $5000. Definitely overpaid, but with hurricane Sandy and everything the used car market around here is way off kilter. She also had 4 other people coming to look at...
  10. B5 Garage
    Hello, B5, 1.8t After I top it off with G12 to the MAX level sign, it takes about a month to drop about half an inch. Is it normal or is there a leak? Best, Alex
  11. Wax On, Wax Off
    so i lost my license about 7 months ago and am about to get it back in the next week or so and this is where my problem starts. Because i lack a garage my car has been sitting the whole time. I have been able drive it here and there and make sure everything is working mechanically but the...
  12. The Showroom
    Hello, I have been on here for a few months but did'nt feel comfortable posting pictures until my PW is some what presentable. I feel it is now so here we go: 03' b5.5 45k mi KW v2: All the way down. Avus 18'" 225/40/18 -putting on spacers this weekend/ next week Ill post my complete part...
  13. Passat of The Month
    Once inna while, chasing down a POTM becomes a labor of love. I've been after this one for about two months, and I finally got the write-up that all of you deserve. For this month, we're taking a jaunt out to the home of the biggest damned rodeo in the world, as well as a past Winter Olympics...
  14. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Why is my 8 month old Frankenturbo leaking coolant from the plug at the bottom of the turbo? I have never touched this plug and it's 100% as tight as it can be, yet it leaks a modest amount of coolant. It kind of looks like the transmission fill plug on my automatic... with a small metric size...
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