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  1. New here... was gonna ask some questions but thats a no no apparently

    New Member Introductions
    So I'm new to this forum, I was gonna post about my car and what I have done to it so far, future plans, and end with a question as that would seem to be the best use of one of my two required post in this forum before my tangible presence is proven and I am then allowed to frolic in the other...
  2. Was Crackin Cuz

    New Member Introductions
    Just bought a 1.8T Passat as a beater. Just lookin around to see whats bad and whats for sale for parts honestly.
  3. So I was "optimistic"...

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Ohai ya'll. So I've got a 2003 VW Passat Wagon (B5.5 if I'm not mistaken). In a fit of optimism, I found a nice charcoal gray leather interior from a 2005 Passat, and installed it in my car. I must admit, going from cloth to leather totally and completely changes the look and feel of the...
  4. I thought there was a minimum post count to send PMs?

    Community Help
    There used to be a 5 post minimum to PM. However, I was sent some spam via PM from a user with two posts. User MAALI202 sent me the following: Be careful guys. She's from a big company.
  5. Help I broke something! (Or it was already broken?)

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    (Look at my hand) Forgive my lack of knowledge for the terminology... but I broke whatever that is. What is it? What do I have to buy to fix it? I was taking a look at the PCV system and loosened up that top electrical component housing thing and very carefully just moved it an inch or two...
  6. B6 died while driving. won't start. was towed. EPC light

    New Member Introductions
    Rolling to light B6 shut off. No restart. Someone else posted on youtube the exact same issue I am having. No resolve yet. Here's the link https://youtu.be/NQEEuPJUqf8 My obd2 states 343 camshaft position sensor. Thought belt broke but pulled cover and it's still on, tight and turns with...
  7. That was unexpected; new AWM plugs smoothed out engine

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I did the basic parts of my 160k yesterday (new cabin filter, engine air filter, spark plugs) and put in a new set of PFR6Q's, same as I've always used. When I cranked the car afterwards, I immediately noticed that the engine is running smoother. (And this is not the placebo effect; I had...
  8. Passat was feeling lonely, blew a coil pack while I was gone

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I left town for a few days and my B5 was feeling lonely, because my wife took it out for a drive (she hit a deer for minor damage the previous day), and it went into misfire when she tried to come home. (Shaking, blinking CEL, you know the drill...) I've had trouble finding a good indy, so I...
  9. Was this guy a Homophobe? or a Terrorist & Homophobe?

    The Black Hole
    Naturally we are all upset about the carnage, regrettably this is all too common and will most certainly be done again until USA implements bullet or machine restrictions. I'm not certain we will get a true read on this killer. Was the guy a: 1. Mentally unstable, violent person that had...
  10. Was contitech an OEM timing belt?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hi all. Just picked up an 04 1.8t GLS wagon with 89k on the clock. I already purchased a timing kit and planned on replacing it, as the PO (2nd owner) had no record of it being done. Upon popping off the inspection cover, I see that the belt is a Contitech, not stamped VW/Audi like I expected...
  11. 1.8T. Sludge issue at 70K was repaired by VW. Problem is back at 110k. What now?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Took my 2001.5 1.8T to the shop after the STOP light came on. Mechanic checked the oil pressure and it was really low. So he dropped the pan and called to ask me to come down to his shop. Car now has 110k on it. The pick up screen was clogged. More dismaying was the amount of sludge in the...
  12. 10/19/15 was a sad day..

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    October 19th was a very sad, dark day.. my 1998 b5 passat came to the end of its life.. with 228,000 miles, no dents or dings, running just fine. I was driving down a new road at 10:30 pm and there was a cross road. It was pouring rain and there was about an inch of water on the road. I had my...
  13. Owning a B5.5 is not as nice as it was before, I think I'm too old :o)

    The Black Hole
    Yes I have bushy eyebrows, and enjoy woodworking, but that doesn't mean I am turning into Andy Rooney - yet. The membership here has saved me thousands over the almost 12 years of Passat ownership, I hope I have helped others to the same. However I do have some pet peeves that I want to air if...
  14. Was finally able to record the mysterious sound I've been hearing!

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I have no idea what this is. I'm recording it from unde the steering wheel to the left near the gas/trunk release switches. It's almost like it's coming from the steering wheel itself. Or maybe from the wheels? The right side is starting to do it too I think? But perhaps it's the glove box. But...
  15. NOOB & his Timing Belt change. That was weird!

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    2000 V6. ATQ. 190,000 km So, timing belt was due for a change, so that and all associated parts (wp, thermo, idlers, tensioners, serp belt tensioner) were also changed out. Previous to the change out I had a loud "dieseling" noise coming from the engine. It was difficult to pin-point the...
  16. I was OK with the P0304 . . .

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    So it's my AWM 2003, B 5.5 wagon. 100,xxx miles. I drove four minutes from home, CEL started flashing and I got the underpowered motor. I smelled some funny smells and drove the four minutes back home. P0304 alone came up initially so I did the test switching coil pack #4 with coil pack #1...
  17. New to the passat world...always was a jetta guy...already have problems

    New Member Introductions
    I love my 2006 vw passat but damn....already have to replace the sterring column and comfort control module
  18. 2001 Volkswagen Passat v6 Radiator Fan Was On After Car Was Off

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    So for the first time today about 15 minutes ago I got out of my car and as I was going around the front I heard something running. Usually it's just the coolant still flowing but it sounding like a fan. So I quickly popped the hood and my radiator fan on the front left was running. It was going...
  19. And then there was nothing.. Starting issues.

    B5 Garage
    --------SOLUTION FOUND----------- Combination of Bad plugs and failing CTS. The plugs were completely totaled. Very badly carbon fouled. ----------------------------------------- 1999 Passat 1.8T AEB 5 Speed. Edited this post, figured maybe it was to much. Car has always started without...
  20. Love my Passat but it has a few issues... #1 Rough Idle was an easy fix.

    New Member Introductions
    I recently had a problem with the engine idling rough with poor acceleration...Long story short ,local mechanics wanted over $ 300.00 to replace the Ignition control module...I googled the part and found one for $14.25 New VW Passat 1 8 1 8T ICM ICU FSU Ignition Control Module 4D0905351...
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