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  1. Thoughts on GoldPlug magnetic oil drain plug?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    2004.5 vw passat 1.8 turbo - automatic (~180k miles) I was thinking about getting a magnetic oil drain plug. Was thinking about getting a goldplug: https://goldplug.com/shop/ap08/ Anyone have thoughts on whether or not this is a good idea? Thanks.
  2. Bad Experience with RockAuto. Thoughts?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    So, I ordered “new” remanufactured BeckArnley front calipers for my 2003 1.8t. Upon arrival there were some rust spots on that particular caliper. I went ahead and installed. In two weeks the entire caliper has now rusted. I contacted RockAuto. They refuse to replace it. I even offered to buy...
  3. Pennzoil 0W-40? Thoughts?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hi everyone, I just saw this in WalMart. It says it is made from natural gas and "meets and exceeds the VW requirements". I have been using Mobil 1 or Castrol all these years. What do you think about this Pennzoil 0W-40? Does natural gas and crude oil display different characteristics?
  4. Fixed coolant leak, now it barely runs...soliciting thoughts

    B5 Garage
    Hi all, I just completed fixing the front coolant pipe o-ring leak (and all other coolant o-rings). Twas a PITA but I have accounted for all hoses and connectors and don't have any left over bolts ;-). While there I replaced a valve cover gasket, injector o-rings, drivers side cam position...
  5. 07 3.6 dealer found faults P310B Low Fuel Presure and P030 Cat Eff any thoughts?

    Volkswagen Passat B6 Discussion
    The dealer advised that I needed to replace fuel pump and module. Last year they replaced the fuel pressure sensor because of high idle when stopped, this did not fix the high idle issue. The car still runs and the CAT is a DEC only 3 months old. Any thoughts, car has 130K? Thanks, Steve::D
  6. thoughts after driving 120 miles in the W8...

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    how many 1.8Ts would have to be downshifted from top gear (5th) to say, 3rd gear, to accelerate from 30 mph to 60 mph in a hurry? how about a 2.8? all of 'em. I've driven both, and it would take forever to accelerate unless you dropped down a couple of gears. how many W8s? none, because you...
  7. I WANT AWD!!! Please read and let me know your thoughts.

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Greetings and salutations. Ok so first post but I am here because I am hoping to do something awesome, to me any ways hopefully some of you will agree. I have a 2001 Passat V6 5 speed. I love this car but she has some miles, the suspension is a little floaty at this point. Some other issues...
  8. Thoughts on Transmission fluid??????

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    2002 Passat Wagon 1.8T auto AWM Need to add some trans fluid. Just bought the car. Is Valvoline a risk? I agree with using OEM but money is tight. ??? any problems or negative with using the Valvoline to top off the transmission? It might be two liters low due to previous...
  9. Looking at Passat for sale, thoughts?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hey guys, looking for some thoughts on this car. Guy was a dealer, didn't have any service records on the vehicle, same with the smog information. Not sure if this is true, but was told that cars 2001 and newer just get a pass or fail with no emission details? Anyway, I drove it. Seemed...
  10. Cylinder 2 Misfire.....any thoughts?

    B5 Garage
    Hey all- 2002 1.8T AWM. Yesterday while accelerating onto the interstate, car goes into limp mode with MIL. Tell tale signs of a bad coilpack. (have been through it before). Got it home, ran the codes, and cylinder 2 misfire. I put in a new coilpack (at least I THINK it was a new one)...
  11. Would love some thoughts on two topics (and one of them may prove I'm an idiot)

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hi everyone, Last August I had a 2003 GLS 1.8T B5.5 wagon with ~146,000 miles fall into my lap for a song. It ran just fine, but the original owner wasn't much for maintenance (among other things, he'd never done the timing belt). So needless to say, I've had this car in pieces in my garage...
  12. Buying 2006 Passat 2.0T Today or Tomorrow.... Thoughts?

    Volkswagen Passat B6 Discussion
    Good afternoon Forum friends, I am new to this board. I have been reading posts over the last few days and it has helped me make the decision to buy. I am heading out to purchase the 2006 I have been looking at for about 4-4 days now. I was just curious if anyone has any ideas on what to...
  13. Plasti dip thoughts?

    New Member Introductions
    Anyone have thoughts on plasti dip? Personally I love it
  14. initial thoughts and observations on our newly acquired 2007 passat wagon 2.0T

    New Member Introductions
    clean but smells really funny/bad inside....will have to find some industrial strength cleaner and see if it does the trick some kind of fault with the electronic park brake....light on dash constantly, sometimes takes a few tries to engage/disengage and I can hear the motor operating (don't...
  15. Buying a 2003 A4 Quattro. Thoughts?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hello all, On top of my 98 1.8t, I m in the process of buying an Audi 2003 A4 Quattro 1.8t AWM. Sport edition. I saw the car and drove it. It needs some tlc. The idle is a bit rough. The turbo kicks in at around 3000 rpm. Tranny feels smooth. AC not blowing cold. I checked the dipstick oil level...
  16. VAICO Shocks, any thoughts?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hello all, I am planning to try a new pair front shocks. I found these VAICOs for a very reasonable price. Do you have any thoughts about these? Volkswagen Passat B5 FWD 1.8T Suspension Shocks - 3B0413031AB - Front Strut - Priced Each - ES#2609174
  17. 2012 2.5 NO OIL FILTER CARTRIDGE? Any thoughts?

    Volkswagen Passat B7 Discussion
    I have a 2012 Passat se. 28000 miles, Just changed the oil myself for the first time on this car, The previous 3 services were done at dealer " Free maintenance" I was pretty upset, to say the least, when I took off the oil filter housing to find NO FILTER! Any thoughts? i.e. engine damage...
  18. 07 Passat 2.0t Wagon, 123k miles, thoughts?

    Volkswagen Passat B6 Discussion
    Thinking about buying this car, the asking is around 8k. Just had the following work done: cam follower, cam, hpfp, timing belt, associated gaskets and seals, new pcm wiring, new fuel sensor, plugs, ignition coils, and fuel pressure sensor changed. Also has new tires and new wheels (19" enkei)...
  19. Odd driving light issue. Any thoughts?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hello everyone! I tried to search this topic but could not find anything relevant. So here it goes! I just got a nice 2003 Passat Wagon 1.8T I work on the road and so far it has been great. Well, driving to a conference today after about 100 miles I ran into a strange issue. First I noticed...
  20. Strut tower Notch/Cutout - thoughts and suggestions

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    My passat is almost constantly rubbing/hitting the upper control arms on the strut tower. I refuse to raise the car up(FYI).. Im mainly looking for insight from anyone that has done this before or has knowledge of the best way to proceed. I have seen barely any photos online thru either a...
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