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  1. 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...
  2. What actions to take when Passat ATQ has been run with the wrong coolant?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hey guys, I'm finally finishing up all the needed maintenance on the Passat (full timing belt job, valve cover gaskets, PCV system) and I'm wondering what I can do before filling with G12. The previous owner ran the car with green coolant for who knows how long. Is it enough just to fill the...
  3. 2005 TDI passat airbox melted and car wont run right (with pics)

    Volkswagen Passat TDI Discussion
    Hi all, I am a new TDI owner. Got my 2005 passat with 82k last week. So far it has been running well until today. I was driving to the dog park and the car started to act weird. First off, it was starting a little hard. Next, it was struggling to make any power and didnt want to shift. I had to...
  4. Anyone ever run 20x10's or 19x10's on the rear?

    Volkswagen Passat B7 Discussion
    Im thinking of getting some 20" staggered Rotiform Blq's in black but I may end up going with 19's instead. I would love to see some pics of a 19x10 and 20x10 rear setup on the b7. Thanks guys. This is my ride as it looks now.
  5. Is it safe to run a B5 1.8T at lower oil pressure?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I am original owner of 1999 Passat GLS Wagon 1.8T, 144k miles. For the past few years the low oil pressure indicator would occasionally go off when driving up steep hills here in SF Bay area, but overall the car continued to run okay - I just attributed that to it being an old car. A couple of...
  6. After run coolant pump leak? Is this possible?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I recently did a lot of work on the front end including timing belt and o-ring replacement of the coolant along with coolant flush. I believe that everything is right here but I have a weird leak that I want to know if it is even possible. A little quick backstory. When doing the timing belt...
  7. 2001 Passat V6 Intermittently Won't Run

    B5 Garage
    Ok, so a buddy of mine bought a front end wrecked 01 Passat with a V6 from an auction. We rebuilt the front end...mostly cosmetic damage. Have no idea the running history of the car before we bought it. It will start and run great, then out of the blue shut down and won't start again unless...
  8. Changed passat Timing Belt and now it wont run well

    B5 Garage
    I am somewhat new to working on cars but I know the basics. I attempted my first timing belt change on my 2000 passat AWT 1.8t engine. While I was in there I also changed the water pump and belt, as well as the two front cam seals and the timing belt tensioner pulley. I first turned the...
  9. W8 overheating-primary fan filure to run

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Long time follower, first time poster. Had an overheating event in September on my 2003 W8 4 motion six speed wagon, 103k miles. Temp gauge went to 1 1/2 marks above the 190 degree mark, promptly pulled over, let her cool added a small amount of coolant. Once home, flushed system and refilled...
  10. Throttle body code causing car to not start or run extremely rough. HELP

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hey Everyone, I have 01 passat wagon 1.8t w/ 148k moles on it. I am having a really bizarre issue and have no idea what to do. Brief backstory. Few months ago my a couple of times after I would go to the store the car wouldn't start. First time started 5 mins later, second time 20 mins...
  11. Northwest Toy Run 2015

    USA - West
    Hey everyone, its that time of year when the biggest Toy Run in the PNW is held. This year it will be held Sunday, December 6th, at Pacific Raceways in Kent, WA. Full info is available at the page below! Lets see how many Passats we can get out there...
  12. How to run wire from battery to near headlight switch?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I need to know how to run a wire through the firewall for an aftermarket switch for LED spotlights. I just want the switch to be somewhere below the steering wheel. Any help is greatly appreciated!
  13. Please Help - engine will start and run fine for about 10 minutes

    Volkswagen Passat B6 Discussion
    Specs - 2008 Passat 2.0 TSI CCT - Chain driven 129,163 miles Thank you for your time! It started on a Friday when my wife was driving home. She said it just quit running. So I was thinking, out of gas? She said it was full. She told me the engine would turn over and it seems like it was...
  14. 2013 B7 Passat TPMS with Bridgestone DriveGuard run flats?

    Wheel and Tire Forum
    Considering Bridgestone DriveGuard run flats for our next set of tires (2013 Passat 2.5 SE). Not ready to buy yet but doing some early research. Since the TPMS does not have individual sensors inside each tire, but instead uses the ABS system to detect low tire pressure, would I get a reliable...
  15. 03 1.8t awn throwing 13 codes, no run

    B5 Garage
    so i picked up a fixer upper.(i know i know) and i got the timen belt done and went to start it and i am getting 13 codes. it only cranks. i dont have the alternator or power steering pump, or ac hooked up. here are the codes i am getting through my ross tech. i have searched and searched all...
  16. The 285-mile Economy Run...

    Volkswagen Passat B7 Discussion
    From our house to Horsfal Campground in the fabulous Oregon Sand Dunes National Monument.. Just a bit under 35 MPG @ 80-85 MPH (on cruise control)... Wife was following our son who was towing his Weekend Warrior Toybox, normally she doesn't drive this fast, honest... Check out the Black...
  17. 2002 Passat V6. Run to the mechanic or turn up the radio?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hi, I live in Ames, Iowa and recently purchased a 2002 Volkswagen Passat V6 this December. I'm getting a burning oil/burning rubber smell every time I drive the car round for short drives. The smell comes and goes, usually first showing up in about 5 minutes. The car has done 168K miles. When I...
  18. Secondary Air Injection motor continues to run on after I switch off

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Happy New Year folks. Secondary Air Injection motor continues to run on after I switch off. Naturally my battery is VERY dead (out of car being charged). I cannot Jump start the car as this "AIR" motor runs and drains the current from the rest for it to start. Anybody faced this before? Any...
  19. Wont start after a run, some clicking. rock on Park and then it starts.

    B5 Garage
    hi all, Ive had a search around but cannot find a similar issue out there. Thought I'd post just to see if anyone else has heard of this issue. Normally 9 time out of 10 the car starts fine, sometimes when I've been out and I stop, get back to the car, ignition on, dash lights on, turn the key...
  20. Did my ATF change run into a problem?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I am changing the ATF for my 2003 1.8T Auto. Last weekend I put the car on four jack stands and drained all transmission oil. I didn't measure how much it came out since some of the oil end up on the floor from the check/fill valve due to the car was not leveled. Removed the pan. Then I order...
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