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  1. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Long story short. 04 Passat V6 GLX I removed both entire headlight assemblies to see if I could fix something that was broken but they need to be replaced. The lights are Hella's with the tiny bulb in the high beam area. Low beam is a projector, the high beam is a plain halogen bulb and it's...
  2. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hello, I joined the forum to seek some advice with an ongoing problem i've been having with my 04 passat. I recently drove from SF to Phoenix with it. About 5 hours into the drive, all the P, N, 2,3,4,5, lights lit up along with the engine light. The transmission was locked into a high gear. I...
  3. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hello Everyone, Last Friday I bought an automatic 1.8 Turbo Sport Estate. I'm not quite sure how VW managed to name it Sport though. It drives beautifully and I love it apart from a battery drain fault that I can't fathom out. The car's nearly 17 years old but has a documented 68000 miles and...
  4. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    My 2004 1.8T now has 239,539 miles on it. It was purchased back in 2005 with 9,500 miles on it. At 40,000 miles the OEM water pump was leaking and fixed under warranty. Since then, the timing belt service has been done three times at 60,000-70,000 mile intervals with the ECS timing belt kit and...
  5. Volkswagen Passat B7 Discussion
    Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 Jetta, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Passat, Golf and Golf SportWagen vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the camshaft lobe that drives the brake vacuum pump may shear off, resulting in a loss of brake assist...
  6. Anything Auto
    18 vs 53 MPG. On the left you will see the city MPG of the Passat. On the right you will see the city MPG of the Prius. I am now a confirmed hyper-miler. Know anybody who needs a set of B5 Bentley manuals?
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    trying to get access to classified posting
  8. Volkswagen Passat B7 Discussion
    If you own a SEL model *and* have this switch body then supposedly you are primed and ready to activate the system, simply by installing a new hood switch assembly...?? (thanks to "myturbodiesel.com") http://www.myturbodiesel.com/attachments/passat-hood-switch-jpg.3160/ It is my understanding...
  9. Anything Auto
    Stories Of The Dumbest Customers Mechanics Have Ever Seen
  10. New Member Introductions
    Why the Hassle. I just wanted to thank someone for a useful post made a few years ago.
  11. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Howdy, I'm on my third PCV valve in the past 3 years, about to buy another one.:banghead: Any thoughts to why that is:confused:? The one that is on now is OEM and has been in use for a couple months. Its leaking Oil out of the top rim. 2003 AWM
  12. 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...
  13. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Thought it would be an easy swap cause they looked so similar. boy was I wrong! Got a set of cheap headlights with ballasts out of the yard. Thought a simple lens / housing change would be in order but found out they were completely different so I had to go another route The question became how...
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    http://postimg.org/image/3ui1pv7p1/ i have vw passat 2000 1.8T . recently my trunk actuator is not working properly. so i open the whole trunk lid bracket. but i noticed that trunk light is not working as well when i open the trunk. is there any connection with trunk light and actuator? is...
  15. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I totally understand the need for proper fluids. Correct synthetic motor oil for the engine. Correct ATF for the auto tranny. Correct mineral steering pump fluid. But I don't understand the worship of G12 and G13 coolant. To me, it is the one fluid that maybe doesn't matter if you use something...
  16. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    OK, My well published TB died a slow death and I needed to know why. Symptoms included intermittent ABS and TC lights, every couple of days, it'd go nutz and start crazy idling :icon_eek:...800, 1200, 750, 1400...since it's a 5MT, it's more pronounced. I put the last month or so of my VCDS...
  17. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    So I took out the hard water pipe that goes into the thermostat housing. When I went to reattach it, when its bolted to the oil cooler I notice it sticks out a little bit. Can anyone confirm if this is how it's supposed to sit? Doesn't seem quite right and definitely looks like it will leak...
  18. Anything Auto
    Is there some reason cars are designed the way they are, instead of being easy to repair?
  19. B5 Garage
    I just picked up a 99' Passat 1.8T 5 Speed manual the other day. When I run the engine I faintly smell oil sometimes, this might just be my imagination, and I have not ran it long enough to see if it is burning off.. To my good luck though the oil in it right now is pretty old and does not...
  20. B5 Garage
    I see many of you are replacing this sensor with the bigger 225? What is the reason for this, does this stock piece not work as efficiently after upgrading your engine? And lastly, when you swap these out do you need to upgrade the fuel pressure reg as we'll to compensate?
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