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  1. $300 WTH purchase diagnosis help

    B5 Garage
    I bought a 2003 1.8t on a whim for $300, guy says it needed a head gasket, I was rolling the dice hoping it was an oil cooler issue. I got it home this morning, its pouring down rain so I haven't had a chance to even look at it but here are the symptoms; I'm trying to get a plan of attack...
  2. Potential B5 Purchase - Should I run away?

    New Member Introductions
    Hello. Looking for some purchase advice. I am looking for a safe flexible vehicle for my youngest son (new driver). Probably will go 2 to 4K a year. I have an opportunity to purchase a 2004 Passat Wagon with 175K for $1000. It is in nice shape physically but has a bit of a rough idle and of...
  3. Info please (Searched). Wagon cargo/hatch trim pieces for purchase?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I think I'm using the wrong terms for my searches but I am looking for the plastic interior trim pieces that are in the hatch/cargo area. My plastic pieces are fine but they are grey and I want black pieces. My neighbor brought up a good point that VW usually puts black at the top of the dash...
  4. BMW announces recent purchase of VW

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    This year is my 15th year on this forum. I can't believe I've been on this forum for 15 years already. Where does the time go. I also can't believe you would fall for this and click on this post to see more. Happy April fools day !!!!! :-) :-) :-)
  5. Potential B5.5 Purchase

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hey all! Looking at purchasing a 2003 2.8L V6 4Motion GLX with 178k on the clock. I know the miles are high which is why I will get it relatively cheap if I pull the trigger, but I wanted to put the feelers out to see what to look for on this dude. To start off, I am in no way new to...
  6. 2009 Jetta 2.5L Potential Purchase Questions

    Anything Auto
    Car is a 2009 Jetta 2.5L, five cylinder, manual 5-speed transmission. 75k miles. Leather seats, aluminum rims, very good condition. Private seller. Southern car ice/salt roads. Price $6500 Owned (2nd owner) by a german mechanic that specializes in European vehicles. Dual mass flywheel...
  7. 2003 GLX 4 Motion - 1K purchase - PRNDL all lit and the Journey begins.

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Recently I bought a 2003 Passat GLX 4 Motion wagon O1V transmission 5 speed tiptronic. The add said "It may have transmission problems". Problem statement(s): The vehicle starts and runs perfectly. When the initial startup happens, the shift indicator shows P. Once shifted to Reverse, there...
  8. Possible purchase of a used 2003 Passat, collecting data on reliability

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I have a line on a Passat for sale, its a 2003 AWD model with 2.0 engine. The car as 110k miles. Its in great overall condition, no codes, no CEL, no ABS lights, no damage history. Everything works. My question is what I should expect for probabilities of issues showing up in the next year or...
  9. Need to purchase auto headliner foam backed fabric for my Passat

    Hi Canadians, Where can I purchase light tan auto headliner foam backed fabric for my Passat in Edmonton? Regards
  10. 2 years later, back for advice on possible purchase of 2.8

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hey folks, Got some great advice a couple of years ago on a 1.8 that I ultimately ended up (wisely) passing on thanks to advice on here, now I'm back to see what people think on my present opportunity. This is an automatic for the ex so she can have an easier time getting my son around and I...
  11. Gti purchase questions

    Anything Auto
    Been looking at some 2013 GTI s. I found one at a good price, and if I could get them down a bit more it could be a deal. It's a two door which is a little annoying but drives great, and the hatchback means more cargo room than my b5.5 sedan. However, I can't find a record of the 40K mile oil...
  12. Lease-end Purchase and Takata Airbag Recall

    Volkswagen Passat B7 Discussion
    I had a very odd experience at lease-end with my 2013 Passat SE. The lease is ending at the end of this month, and I decided to purchase the car. I had financing lined up and everything all set at the VW dealer where I initially leased the car, but on the day I was scheduled to sign the papers...
  13. What computer system/code reader should I purchase?

    New Member Introductions
    I have a 2005 passat-wagon and I do own a laptop. I think I'd rather by a cable that hooks into the car and then runs on software on my laptop rather than a dedicated device. What do y'all recommend?
  14. Looking for Info on B5 Purchase

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hey everyone, yes I have searched and have been looking in the stickies. I am currently shopping for a B5 platform. Would someone kindly lead me or tell me which years I might look at over others? What might I really stay away from or avoid? I don't necessarily want a turbo and 1.8 vs. a V-6...
  15. purchase Secondary Air injection Pump...ebay, Amazon or elsewhere?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    The 2004 Passat SAIP is making ever louder whine for that 90 second start up from cold. I will be inspecting the combi valve to see if it is bad, but regardless I am going to need to get a SAIP pump. It's the original, not really looking to have the replacement last another 12 years :whistle...
  16. Hello and possible purchase - VERY high mileage '06

    New Member Introductions
    Hi - First post. I'm Justin from KS. Don't know anything about VW's, but I've spent a lot of time under the hood of a few different vehicles I've owned over the years. My 15 y/o daughter recently stumbled upon an '06 Passat with over 300k miles on it :O asking $3k. She and my ex-wife have...
  17. Need help after 3" test pipe installation and Stage 2 Unitronic flash purchase

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hey! 2001.5 VW Passsat AWM 1.8t FWD, Sedan, Automatic Transmission Last week I put on a 3" 034 Test pipe with a spacer on the second o2 sensor hoping that it will not throw CEL. Well, it did went on which I kinda expected, but I did not scan the codes. Over the weekend I purchased a Stage 2...
  18. New Member, Prospective purchase of 2008 3.6 4motion wagon

    Volkswagen Passat B6 Discussion
    Hi, New to the forum. I am looking at a 2008 3.6 4motion wagon to replace my 2006 Volvo XC70. The Volvo is a very solid car, but the reliability issues and problems I have had over the last 4 years are killing me, so I am getting rid of it before the next major problem comes up. I have done a...
  19. New to VW... most unreliable purchase I have ever made.

    New Member Introductions
    Hi all, I live on the east coast of Canada. I purchased a 2009 Passat 2.0T with 113,000km on it a month ago from a local VW dealer. Car seemed to be in great shape, I was told it was locally purchased and dealer maintained since day 1. Original driver was a serious VW guy and traded it in when...
  20. Advice needed on possible 1.8L purchase

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hey guys, New to these forums but I've been on Vortex and TDIclub for a while. I came here seeking specifics about the 1.8L Passat as I'm looking at a used 2004 for my wife with auto transmission. I've come across a lot of valuable info looking through older posts re: the sludge issue and...