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  1. Oil Pan Replaced, still leaks. Big surprise...

    B5 Garage
    Fellas, I replaced the oil pan in the 2002 Passat V6 2.8. On and off with no problems, drove it around, sounds and feels good. Crack a beer and smoke a cigar to celebrate. I am bad a-mo of, I think to myself. Couple of days later I notice a bit of oil under the car, Hmmmm. Looks to be coming...
  2. Raxles a pleasant surprise.

    B5 Garage
    I purchased a pair of axles from Marty at Raxles about four years ago. Both outer boots went within a week of each other and the axles had traveled about 70,000 miles. I boxed them up with a little note and sent them off for some warranty work. The day after they received them Marty had them...
  3. Audi Surprise Promotion - too cool!

    Anything Auto
    Audi Out-of-Warranty Customers Get Surprise Ride in R8 | News
  4. Pseudo-noob finally starting another (surprise surprise) OEM+ project

    New Member Introductions
    Been collecting parts for the past year or so, and I think it's finally time to get this show on the road. Got a Reflex Silver 04 1.8T GLS with a stick and black leather. Looking to do mostly cosmetic jazz for now as it's running like a champ at 155k (knock on wood). I'll peruse around the site...
  5. I've got a surprise!!

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I'm redoing my interior :) doorcards, pillars, custom shift boot, Arm Rest, eventually Headliner.... And it's all going to be plaid :D
  6. Surprise, Passat's being strange

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I took my B5 on a 3-hour trip on Saturday, and toward the end the display lights that show the average mileage started to fade around the edges. Almost the entire circle with the slash on the left and the little supercase 1 on the right faded almost completely. A few hours later when I drove...
  7. Surprise: $700B bailout probably not enough. More $ needed.

    The Black Hole
    Gee, didn't see this coming at all. :rolleye: Where do they draw the line? What can even be said anymore? These people are completely incompetent. What spending are they going to cut to pay for all these packages?
  8. I came back from a weekend at Tahoe to a great surprise ... (pics inside)

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    nothing got stolen out of the car, someone just decided to smash the window and mirror, also the door trim on the inside is damaged and the window seal as well, so it will need to be replaced as well. my car was the only victem of vandalism on my street, altho it was parked between two audis...
  9. Star Wars surprise

    The Black Hole
    Well the missile defense system is now batting over 50% with today's test (when looking at all tests of the system). One significant difference today was it was the first time they used an operational missile out of one of the alert silos and not a test missile sitting on a pad out in the...
  10. start up surprise

    B5 Garage
    got a shock once or twice recently.i started my tdi130 and the revs shot up to three grand for about three seconds.then died back down to normal idling speed and ran perfectly.this isn't happening every time (so far) any ideas?:confused:
  11. Surprise Chip

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    If you check the classifieds, you might have seen that I was trying to sell a spare ECU for a 2002 1.8T. I bought it on Ebay as a stock backup. Last night, out of pure curiosity, I popped the cover and found that it had a GIAC chip installed! :Yikes: I am trying to get in touch with the...
  12. Fixed my water pump clamps and surprise! Fixed my squeaking!

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I spent a couple of hours yesterday under the Passat to replace my leaking coolant clamps. The upper hose was the culprit but to get to it, I had to remove the bracket that ties the engine to one of the front motor mount bracket (snub mount), and the thermostat housing. Of course as par for me...
  13. Wife Phatnoise Surprise Assistance Requested

    Mobile Electronics
    I'm asking this in the PhatNoise forum, but this forum seems more active and knows about VWs! I'm trying to sneak a new PhatNoise system into my wife's Passat for her birthday. (I won't be able to mount it without her knowing, so I'll just wedge it in the trunk for now.) 1) How can I tell...
  14. Surprise from the Lincoln Navigator

    Anything Auto
    I'm driving down Lexington Avenue yesterday ... following a Lincoln Navigator for about 3-4 miles. The Navigator had been a bit aggressive -- lots of switching lanes, riding bumpers, etc. By now, I'm in the right hand lane and following about 3 or so car lengths behind the Navigator. We're...
  15. Took some test drives: Still undecided (big surprise there..

    Anything Auto
    Took some test drives: Still undecided (big surprise there...) I went to Flynn BMW in Pittsfield last night to test drive 3 cars in the hopes of eliminating some options. Instead, I found that the options I was hoping to eliminate are pretty damn fun to drive! Argh! Anyway, I think I've...