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  1. Boos Log (channel 115) review and opinion?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hello everyone, I did a couple logs with VCDS on channel 115 trying to identify how my car runs, and I would like to hear your opinions, especially from someone who understands this a little better. I recently had a problem with failed PCV valve and now after fixing that problem I am trying to...
  2. Opinion on newly bought 2013 Passat 2.5L

    New Member Introductions
    Hello all! VW virgin here and I need an opinion from long time users. Just got a 2013 Passat 2.5L S about a month ago. Got it used with about 10,000 miles on it and last week the throttle body died on my way to work and left me high and dry. I had it towed to the dealer who fixed it for free...
  3. Sad times for Election 2016 - just my opinion

    The Black Hole
    The crisis of democracy is found Globally. The best people refuse to enter the race, for manifest reasons, but I think dealing with a shark frenzy media would make all but the largest ego's avoid the situation. Now USA has the stage, one corner is a female that few like, the other corner is an...
  4. Timing Marks Second Opinion

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    So I was wondering if I could get a second opinion from you good folks on some timing marks before I pull the pin on this tensioner grenade and finish putting this thing back together. Looks okay to you, or off a tooth? . . .In the meantime, I'll be putting this coolant flange back on the back...
  5. Stereo upgrade opinion

    Mobile Electronics
    Considering this guy: Opinions? Must haves: 1. Bluetooth 2. Built in nav 3. Input for sub/amp combo 4. Built in EQ (even if not impressive) 5. Double din, at economical price. I'm not dropping several hundred...
  6. Automatic Transmission fluild / filter opinion

    B5 Garage
    V6 with 114,000 Should I change the tranny filter? 2 mechanics said no and 1 said yes. 1 that said no is a German car mechanic and the one that said yes worked for the dealership. Opinions are welcome.
  7. whats your opinion on these wheels ...str 514s

    Wheel and Tire Forum
    Looking for a 3" lip on all 4 corners. What do you think of these? Either 215/40s or 225/40s. Not sure if I'm low enough to merit the 215s. Wheel specs 18x8.5 et30
  8. Got some issues, need second opinion.....

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Got a 2000 passat 1.8T. I have recently replaced the alternator, now when I go to start it it turns over once them the display goes blank almost as if the battery is dead. Hold the key and eventully it will start constantly seeming like the battery is bad. Im wondering if it is the voltage...
  9. An opinion on black paint

    Anything Auto
    First and foremost, I hate black unless you just finished washing it at which time it is amazing. Washing it in the sun in the south sucks, it looks dirty the next day, and it shows every imperfection and swirl mark but that's not why I'm here. I was just looking at an Escalade, Grand Cherokee...
  10. B5 (AUG) owner: your opinion on Meyle motor mounts?

    B5 Garage
    Was hoping to source an opinion from fellow B5/B5.5 owners that have installed Meyle motor mounts to replace OEM? Like most everyone with an older B5, the motor mounts are leaking and need replacement. I have a line to purchase a pair of left (Meyle: 1001990040; OEM: 8D0199379S) and right...
  11. Need opinion on Turbo options

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    B5.5 1.8t (obviously) with 174k. My mechanic says turbo needs to be rebuilt. It does scream when accelerating hard. If possible I do want more power... So I have a couple options. One, just rebuild the k03 turbo and then reflash with either APR or GIAC. Option two, get a k04... I'm after more...
  12. Need Inspection. CEL on. Seeking opinion on course of action. Autoscan provided

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hello, thank you for reading this post. I have a 02 Passat, 1.8t. I have owned this car since 133K miles. It has suffered deferred maintainence, but now I need to get it inspected. My plan is to tackle some issues over the next few weeks. It leaks a good bit of oil, so I am going to tackle...
  13. Opinion about used Passat problems in first 60 days

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I bought a 2004 GLX 4Motion Passat less than two months ago, and it's still under warranty. 66,500 miles at purchase. It's been returned twice for repairs already (a 250-mile round trip - I bought it out of state): 1. Exhaust system and muffler leak, and rear coils broken ($1,400) and 2. Front...
  14. Looking at a new Passat - LEATHERETTE ... What is your opinion

    Volkswagen Passat B7 Discussion
    Hi there, we are looking at buying a new Passat or Jetta and I see that many inventory models come with this " leatherette" interior ...I understand it's leather-ish not leather. Our 2002 Passat has real leather interior and looks still like new after 11 years (with kids). I have no problem...
  15. Need an Opinion on an Amp

    Mobile Electronics
    So my friend has one of these he'll give me for $60 Lanzar - VBP411 - 1200 Watts 4 Channel High Power MOSFET Amplifier Obviously it's cheap but I can't find any informative reviews. Is it something I could even make work with my stock monsoon? Thanks
  16. Opinion on MOOG tie Rods?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I'm getting some fresh rubber on the car and the shop discovered while attempting the alignment that my tie rods were bad. They are replacing with MOOG rods both inner/outer need replacing on both sides. I wanted to get some opinions on the quality of MOOG parts?? It's going to end up being...
  17. need opinion plz

    New Member Introductions
    Hi i just bought a 2003 passat 1.8 4cyl 2 weeks ago and a couple days ago i started to gear a hissing noise when i accelerate and i have no power or speed and finally i am on the freeway and i see a cloud of white smoke coming from my exhsust now i only have two mechanics saying it's my turbo...
  18. Guys really need your expert opinion on this !

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I have an ongoing problem with a Passat TDi AVB '01. Coolant loss from bass of expansion tank ( over flow valve is dumping coolant - sometimes) So the water loss is not constant - could be fine for weeks. Replaced: Expansion tank and cap Water pump while doing t/belt. Flushed the rad...
  19. Opinion re CV joint diagnosis from a shop

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    1.8t w/175K. Having rear shocks replaced. Shop asks me to come take a look, throws the car up on the rack, points me to the CV joints: Both sides, the boots are separated at outboard bottom. Lube has leaked out, but the residue doesn't seem especially fresh. But this makes me wonder...because...
  20. Seeking opinion on this car, possible replacement for my totaled Passat

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Volkswagen : Passat GLS Wagon 4-Door in Volkswagen | eBay Motors The guy selling is the original owner, lives approximately 6 minutes away, he wants $4500 for it. Timing belt service was done at 90k, original clutch. My only reason I wouldn't get it is that it's a wagon. However, everyone...