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  1. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    My car's in the shop so I'm using a beat up old 2002 Town Car with 343K miles on it. I noticed that when I let go of the gas at the exact same point at the exact same speed, the Town Car can travel at least twice as far as a Passat even with far worse aerodynamics and a 4 speed automatic. Passat...
  2. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I went through a "touchless" car wash the other day, as my cars finish was full of winter road salt. I noticed today, that both my OEM Bi-Xenon headlights, particularly the drivers side, had a thin layer of fogging up on the inside. Is this common with these assemblies? Does the fogging up...
  3. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I read in a thread to buy a Costco Kirkland group 48 battery and then $3 Lynxx battery tie down cable. I like the Costco batteries, but I want one that will just fit in the tray as the OEM did. I went last night and they didnt sell a Group 48 size, but did have a group 41 which I compared...
  4. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    passat has the sludge issue
  5. Anything Auto
    The more I research, the more I want other cars. I'm going to have to start some kind of spreadsheet or something. I keep waffling up and down the $$$ figures and I'm still not convinced what I should get. I'm even looking at Mustangs now. The one thing that keeps coming back to me is what my...
  6. B5 Garage
    the tensioner system in the early aeb engines (around 97-98) was changed. I know it was a bad design but how did it actually fail ? Thank you
  7. Anything Auto
    The 08 R32 is ONLY offered in the DSG trans. Why? I would have considered one but not now. :cry: :banghead:
  8. Anything Auto
    The polished aluminum reminds me of this: so is this a :thumbup: or a :thumbdown
  9. Anything Auto
    My friend in LA worked on this commmercial a few months back. He works at Digital Domain in LA and he sent me the youtube link for me to check out. He says the guys from TBWACHIATDAY are up for an award for it. I don't think we will ever see it on US tv though :( He does everything on...
  10. Mobile Electronics
    so I replaced my old Clarion DB175MP[50x4, single din] with a new Jensen VM8022[40x4 2din] the new unit gives more bass, and a much more clear sound... why?
  11. Anything Auto
    So I got a free invite to the Audi Sports Car Experience (not the Driving Experience, this one is $1,900) for the R8 one day course. Absolutely incredible. I still can't believe we were allowed to push these cars that far. I assumed they would keep it pretty restrained, but other then keeping...
  12. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Sometimes even during the normal drive I get a hard kick from shifting. It's occasional but the strength of the kick is severe. Why do I get kicked?
  13. B5 Garage
    So while putting my car back together after my FMIC install this weekend, I decided to go ahead and clean/relube my caliper pins. It got me wondering... What good is lubing the caliper pins, if all the synthetic lube basically gets stripping off when reinserting the pins? The fit is so...
  14. B5 Garage
    I occasionally see a recommendation to disconnect the battery when doing what appears to be non-electrical maintenance. I am getting reading to replace my motor mounts and I think I even saw it in one of those write ups. There must be a reason. What is it.
  15. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Got my transmission oil analysis from Blackstone. After 99,901 miles: "Good idea, changing this oil out. 99,901 miles on it? Really? We don't know where the oil's viscosity started out but if this really was a 75W/90, it isn't any longer. As an engine oil this would be an SAE 20W or a...
  16. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    The MIL on my '03 V6 Passat came on. The OBD showed the following codes: P0171 Fuel Trim,Bank1 System too Lean P0174 Fuel Trim,Bank2 System too Lean. My husband cleaned the MAF, to no avail. He replaced the MAF with a reconditioned one. With the new MAF, we drove all the way from Los Angeles...
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