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  1. Saying Goodbye is harder than you think

    B5 Garage
    1998 sedan 1.8T 5spd manual. I love this car. I've loved it since I bought it gently used 10 years ago. I've loved getting to know the B5 - AND you the B5 family. What do you think is a fair price to sell my baby? It has some minor interior/exterior blemishes and the ABS module needs to be...
  2. Clutch options for less than 600 for 04/05 diesel 5 speed swap

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I'm doing a 5 speed swap in my BHW looking at clutch options for my car The whitebread set up is top notch no doubt! Probably the best choice this side of the pond but I don't want to invest too much into my work commuter car the 1.8t gasser flywheels work and are in the 20 some odd pound...
  3. VCDS-Lite (unregistered) - much better than generic OBD reader?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Saw a reference to VCDS-Lite in the other thread. I didn't know a free version of the software existed. So, I'm curious, can someone clarify the additional capabilities/features that VCDS-Lite (with a 3rd-party OBDII-to-USB cable) will have AS COMPARED to a generic OBDII reader (which I...
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  5. Hopefully this has been contained better than the Vortex

    New Member Introductions
    How about a little about myself and the dubs I've owned, first was a 20th Jazz Blue GTI No. 0354. My favorite still to this day. and a MK3 white Jetta GL. After those two came and went, I went to a MK3 Golf 2.0 a little better than the jetta but by no means the GTI. 3rd and Second favorite...
  6. 1.8t Misfires at start after sitting for more than a day

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hey all, Thought id give this a try. Ive browsed the forums to see if i could find another post about a similar issue, but they were either dead posts, or weren't my issue. Car is a 2005.5 passat 1.8t AWM with 155k I have a misfire issue at start when the car has been sitting overnight...
  7. Axle options, other than Raxles

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I currently have Raxles on both sides of my car. I've had them since 2009, and 2010. I've had torn boots on each side once already, and they were repaired under warranty. Just noticed the right side is torn again. Each time, I have remove them, pay to ship them to Florida, wait a week, pay...
  8. Brighter option than HID bi-zenon on B6?

    Volkswagen Passat B6 Discussion
    Apologize up front if this answer is somewhere - I searched and couldn't find anything. I'm pretty sure I have the optional HID bi-zenon headlights on my '07 3.64Matic Wagon. (is there a way to verify via VIN?) The car has the steering side lights at low speeds and are pretty bright. My issue...
  9. 1.8t Car wont start from first when fuel is less than 1/4

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    As said the title, when i have a full tank the car always start from first anytime at any temperature. When the tank has about 1/4 fuel or less the car doesnt start from first when its cold but always from second, after drives normal.. When its hot always start from first regardless of fuel...
  10. RPM Indicator showing about 900 RPM less than actual RPM.

    B5 Garage
    I have a B5 Passat, 1997 1.6 Petrol to be exact. The issue i'm having is that the RPM indicator doesn't show the actual RPM of the car. When the car is off the indicator will go below quite below 0, at about exactly straight position. When the car is Idle the RPMs go to exactly 0 and the car...
  11. Passat Totaled - Arg! How to argue it is worth more than ins. co. stated?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    1999 Passat V6, 229,000 miles Engine and transmission in excellent mechanical shape - no oil or coolant leaks, all new heavy duty suspension done a few years ago, brakes relatively new, ditto tires. Car maintained by VW mechanic. Body 'was' in excellent shape (no rust, dents or faded paint)...
  12. Oil leaks. Yes, more than one.

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    2003 1.8 AWM. 134,279 miles. Persistent oil leaks. One of the more annoying ones is from around the flange of the oil return line, turbo end. Joy. Replaced gasket. Tightened bolts. Check it on the regular. Others... Well, my first one was easy - the dipstick tube was busted. Replaced. No...
  13. Higher than usual oil temps

    New Member Introductions
    My 1.8 awm 5 speed has been running oil temps approaching 240-250 during prolonged or highway driving ever since I did the timing belt and cam adjuster along with the clutch and flywheel and thermostat at 190,000 miles. I never recalled seeing it get above 190 degrees before. The cams looked...
  14. Why am I getting better MPG driving in my town than the parkway?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I just had my fuel filter and air filter replaced so now my mpg is actually going up in general, but it is still not making sense that I was getting better mpg driving at speeds from 25-50 in my town than 70-77 on the parkway without stopping. I'm absolutely stumped. I use cruise control when I...
  15. More damage than meets the eye?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    So I must be having a really bad day. Its my second post about trouble with my Passat :cry: Today morning I posted about a whirring sound in the engine for which low power steering fluid was the culprit, as a couple of friends were heading out of town with my car. So on the way back the driver...
  16. Are VW genuine parts really better than aftermarket?

    New Member Introductions
    On a VW dealer website, I saw a picture comparing oil filters between OEM and a genuine VW filter (see here). The aftermarket oil filter looked way more worn out than the VW oil filter. It makes me wonder if this is for real. Are they just comparing apples vs oranges or was it a fair comparison...
  17. Why does my 2004 3.4l V6 Impala get better milage than my 2002 1.8T FWD B5.5 Passat?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    First of all, I would never buy the Impala. I cosigned for a friend and the car had to be repoed so I'm using it a little and then I'll rent it out on relayrides.com to make some money on the side from it. Anyway, my question was why would a V6 full size car with a 4 speed transmission from the...
  18. What's this spring? Is there more than 2 exhaust hangers?

    B5 Garage
    2001.5 V6 ATQ Came home from work and my wife said she found this spring where my car is usually parked: It looks to me to be the spring from the catalytic converter hanger. I had just replaced both cats a few weeks ago and immediately started to worry one was hanging free and screwing the...
  19. Rear brakes warmer than front

    B6 Garage
    My new to me 2010 Wagon(2.0T, DSG, 45K miles) has winter rims. After a short highway drive I noticed the rear wheel wheel nuts were warmer than the front. The front were actually cool. I did only gentle braking and let the DSG do the downshifting to slow down. I did a test to see if the parking...
  20. volksie's.....better than hunting ?

    New Member Introductions
    o many volks i just can't count. three right now, 71 bus, 68 ghia and new 99 passat 1.8t stickshift wagon( pulled over once a week on average, so far. a new friend at junkyard said maybe i should change my shoes .....) 75 bmw 2002 bought new ( yes i was 7 or so) two 300sd ( beautifully expensive...
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