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  1. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I'm just a bit past 140K now. For all you super milers out there, besides scheduled maintenance, what are some things that I should be worried about wearing out and causing problems at this mileage? And are there any good ways to monitor your suggested problem/item/part? Thanks, DaOne
  2. Wheel and Tire Forum
    Last year I lowered my 2000 B5 on Eibach springs and Koni Yellows. I got what I thought was a deal on rims/tires - the tires were Falken 512s. The tires wore out exceptionally fast, like were almost completely bald within 8,000km. At the start of July I put on some Yokohama AVID W4S rubber...
  3. Volkswagen Passat B6 Discussion
    Finally got them on late this afternoon Before: After:
  4. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I don't know, maybe it's a sign I've already spent too much time reading threads on this forum. I'm a new B5 Wagon owner, it's a 99 (AEB), it's manual, it's blue, and it's really cool (I've driven it only two days). I've had pretty much all other VW engines before, the 8v, the 16v, the G60...
  5. B5 Garage
    I just got my first alignment on a 2002 1.8t Passat GLS Sedan with 39000. The reason for the alignment was a recent purchase of tires and a pull to the right (more than the crown of the road). The shop I took it to said that it was now is specs (alignment) and tire wear wasn't an issue but...
  6. B5 Garage
    I recently noticed a fairly loud "chain" noise coming from the back of the engine. It's sort of a growly sound that rattles just a little. It's more noticeable when the engine is cold (or course) but it's still there when the engine warms up. Is it normal to be able to hear the chain? I...
  7. B5 Garage
    Went back to Sears to have my tires rebalanced due to some freeway vibration. Turns out my left rear rim was bent. Swapped with the spare and it's all good. However, when the dude was checking my tires he noticed the rears were wearing faster than the fronts. Even asked if I had them rotated...
  8. Wheel and Tire Forum
    I have an '01 B5. It is a 4 motion riding on 18" wheels. It was dropped by the previous owner 1". He had Kuhmo Ecsta 225/40 tires. The wear on those tires was evident on the inside edge, but not extensive. I opted for Yokohama ES 100 tires that were supposedly the same size (225/40) but filled...
  9. Wheel and Tire Forum
    Anyone notice Dunlop Sport A2s wearing super fast? As in, they'll be done at only 25K tho waranteed for 50K? My last set were Dunlop SP 5000s, and they lasted about 50K, as advertised.
  10. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    My 1998 1.8t wagon is a quirky machine. The front brakes are wearing unevenly left to right. Drivers side worn down ~25%, passenger side completely gone. What could cause this? Obviously, one side is overactive, or the other is underactive. The drivers side (thick pad) seems to be...
  11. B5 Garage
    I just replaced the rear brakes and rotors on my wife's 2002 1.8t tiptronic Variant. The car has 52,000 miles on it and the front pads have 50% left. I spoke to the service tecs at my local dealer and they said that rear brake pad replacement before the fronts is common on passats. They went on...
  12. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    My '98 (80K Mi) is starting to sag in the rear end. Also has a funny feel when you hit a bump - especially if someone is in the back seat. Any suggestions on replacements? I remember from my old Dasher that VW springs are very expensive. Any good places to buy springs? Should I start to...
  13. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Finally put the new bra on... It was a little tight, but I managed to squeeze the Passat's ample boosom into it. Next week, mud flaps!
  14. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Has anyone else had this happen? I'm at about 27k miles now, and my Left Rear brake pads are at about 5%, but the Right Rears are at about 40%. My independent mechanic actually asked me if I had driven with the hand brake on. :weirdo: I drive pretty hard, but luckily I could sense something...
  15. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    for those of you whos clutch's have gone, did you notice slipping before you noticed engagement problems? maybe im just paranoid, but it feels like my clutch is letting out very late, very end of travel, more than usual. i know this is common in passats, but it feels like this is more...
  16. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    i have gone through two sets of front tires in 15000 miles due to inside of my tire wearing badly. i have H & R sport springs and 17 x 7 flik titans w/ kumho 712. is there any way to adjust the camber on my 2003 passat. is anyone else having this problem?
  17. Wheel and Tire Forum
    My rear tires are wearing badly on the inside. What can cause this? Would it matter if I got may car aligned with 15's and I am now running 17's? Or is this simply due to needing new Shocks and Springs. I have 100,00 on what appears to be original shocks and springs. Help please! Just spent...
  18. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I'm considering getting a front end cover (bra) for my new W8 to help keep it from getting the inevitable chips (I drive almost all highway). I have heard some bad things, like uneven paint fading, etc. - and that once you put it on you have to keep it on. Does anyone have one on their Passat...
  19. Wheel and Tire Forum
    I lowered my B5.5 with an Eibach damper/spring combo. I have 17" Rondell wheels, with Sumitomo HTR+ tires. I just rotated my wheels yesterday after 10,000 miles on the tires. The tread wear on the rears was perfectly even, with lots of good tread depth left. The fronts are a different story...
  20. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I've been trying to touch-up a hood chip with no sucess - I put on and took off the touch up a couple of times because I wasn't happy with it. Question is - how much effort does it really take to start rubbing off the clearcoat? - with polishing or compound. How do I know if it is wearing...
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