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  1. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    My younger son has a surplus of cars and has left his 2003 BMW 530i in our custody. It is in remarkably good shape inside and out, but needs a few little things, as any 16-year-old car with 190k miles on the clock would, so I am looking for a recommendation for a BMW 5-series forum that is...
  2. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I'm in the inevitable necessity of replacing my heater core and have been looking for something other than VW original due to the price tag so I am looking for something reliable but not that expensive. I have seen a bunch of different brands and prices and of course I don't want to install a...
  3. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I have a 1999 2.8l V6 Someone told me I have to use 5V motor oil Is there such a thing? If not what is recommended for my vehicle? Thanks everyone :thumbup:
  4. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    2003 Passat b5 V6 30V 4 Motion Wagon 165,000 miles I inherited this car and as far as I know it has not had any service other that regular oil changes. Given that it is getting up there in miles, what can I have a garage do as far as preventative maintenance? What would a tune up consist of...
  5. B5 Garage
    This weekend a friend and I dropped the transmission out of my car to do a clutch replacement. Fortunately he had a cheap set of triple square driver bits to get the front axles disconnected. We would both like a better set of these for future work. I would prefer something US made but I...
  6. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I just moved to Madison, figured I ask for any recommended shops in the area for my VW in case there were any members from the area. Recommended shops that either specialize in VWs or work with them a lot. Thanks!
  7. USA - West
    I have an 07 wagon that I love with 55000 miles on it... no oil bolt problems yet, but i'm starting to get worried. If I can find a reliable mechanic that has done the prevention work before I would probably splurge for it - my mechanic in Berkeley, CA (KarmaKanix) has heard of the issue but...
  8. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I had to change some hoses and I lost some coolant and I realized I dont have any back up coolant for my passat. I have a 2000 1.8t passat ATW. I have a general idea.. Pentosin PF-PP-5L - Engine Coolant | O'Reilly Auto Parts or Pentosin PF-SF-1.5L - Engine Coolant | O'Reilly Auto Parts...
  9. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hi I have Passat tdi 2001 with multi function steering wheel. I am planning to install phone kit and would appreciate if anybody can recommend good quality car kit with low noise level. What RNS is already installed in this car (Model? RCD 300/500???) and if I want to change the whole unit what...
  10. B5 Garage
    I know I saw a list of VW recommended oils somewhere. Can someone please direct me to that list? Thank you.
  11. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    2002 AWM 1.8T @ 151.5K. Unlike motor mounts which are hydraulic, transmission mounts are made of hard rubber, correct? What is the recommended replacement interval for transmission mounts?
  12. Dealerships and Service
    Just moved to Dallas, TX for a new job. Any recommendations on a mechanic in the Dallas / Plano / Allen area? I drive a 2001 B5 Passat.
  13. Volkswagen Passat CC Discussion
    I just bought a new set of 19s for my CC. Tirerack says to use 235/35-19. But to save money, I wanted to use two good tires from my W8 that are 245/35-19. The Tirerack sales rep said that should be fine. I just wanted second opinions. Thanks in advance.
  14. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I am planning on buying the ECS Tuning Timing Belt Kit - Ultimate for the ATW 1.8T engine. Volkswagen Passat B5 FWD 1.8T > Engine > Timing > ES#1342 ECS Tuning Timing Belt Kit - Ultimate - 058198479 V2 Just wanted to see how many people have used this kit and made it to the next 60k miles...
  15. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    So im in need of new tires and walmart has given me a quote for a Goodyear Eagle LS for $78 a tire (installation and balancing is included) This deals ends tomorrow at my local walmart. The recommended load weight for a 2.8 is 91 with H speed rating. The Good year is 89 weight and H speed. Any...
  16. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I own a '99 Passat 1.8T. I just need to replace the rear shocks and a cracked crankcase breather and she'll be as good as new. I've been doing some research and talking to some people, but can't really get any specific answers from anywhere. I am looking into performance upgrades that I can do...
  17. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Seems like all the threads I've run into are pretty old. I'm having the "clack"-ing brake pad issue on my fronts. Seems like the car was fitted with the pads that move around in the piston. So, what's the latest good brakepad for street use? AJ
  18. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hello, My Passat has about 138,000 miles on it and is beginning to burn and leak oil at a pretty good rate. I took it to the shop a while back and was told that my valve cover and chain tension were leaking oil. I am going to purchase the valve cover gasket from here which seems like a really...
  19. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Just moved to Cedar Rapids from Twin Cities, MN about 6 months ago. I was changing out my wheels/tires to get ready for snow this afternoon and saw the dreaded coating of grease and dirt inside my passenger side wheel rim. Looks like I need to get a new outer axle boot. I swear I just...
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