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  1. Anything Auto
    Is there some reason cars are designed the way they are, instead of being easy to repair?
  2. 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...
  3. 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?
  4. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    While getting help with this Timing Belt/ Power steering pump replacement, I was given some advice from Tomvw... Can someone explain the process here please? I don't doubt that it's not necessary, but I am not understanding why, with my crank in place and the cam bar on, the sprockets need to...
  5. Wheel and Tire Forum
    Got a set of 17" wheels... nothing extravagant, but nice black spokes with chrome lips. I put 205/40 tires on them, and jesus I could stick my head between the fender and wheel lol just a little rant... glad I have liwering springs on the way!
  6. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Since it is very important to not turn off the engine while the turbo is still hot to avoid coking oil in the turbo bearings, why not have a temp guage for the turbo to take the guess work out of when it's safe to turn off engine? I've done searches for turbo temp guage, but nothing came up. Thanks
  7. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    First of all, I would never buy the Impala. I cosigned for a friend and the car had to be repoed so I'm using it a little and then I'll rent it out on relayrides.com to make some money on the side from it. Anyway, my question was why would a V6 full size car with a 4 speed transmission from the...
  8. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    :banghead:? Spent months working specifically on the electrical connections following advice on the site. I thought I'd finished (stupid) all that I could manage. Now it won't start - it tries (cranks?). I connected simple AudiVW scanner but it will no longer communicate with 01-...
  9. Anything Auto
    I need to get out from under my car payment, so I'm thinking about selling my 05 TDI and buying a "cheap" beater. I've found an 01 Audi TT Quattro coupe for $3300. Manual transmission, body nicked up a little and the interior is DIRTY. The real hang-up? 288,000 miles. Is this a sign of...
  10. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    for even the most simple search terms?... like oil or wheel?
  11. Volkswagen Passat B6 Discussion
    Hi there I've recently purchased a 2009 B6 Passat variant, it has the CBBB 2.0TDI engine. I took the undershield away recently to drain the oil and I noticed a few drips from this part I suspect it has dripped onto this part from above but as this is my first vw tdi car I was wondering if...
  12. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I have 4 General Altimax HP tires on my 2001 VW Passat. I just got them brand new in January. This happened to me several times since I got the tires: I put air in all four tires so that the tire pressure is 32 psi. Then when I check a couple weeks later, I find that each tire is around 38 psi...
  13. B5 Garage
    Is there an alternative for this, can someone explain why its so much more, I don't understand the difference.
  14. B5 Garage
    May 2013 75 degrees... timing belt replacement on an 03 v6 Passat.. I recall looking at the alternator and telling myself "now would be a good time to rebuild that" fast forward... February 11th 2014 7:30 AM -14 degrees.. rush hour traffic.. one by one I start losing things, stereo...
  15. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Passat 2003 GLX v6, 5 speed manual, FWD, 133K miles After following the DIY guides here to flushing the Power Steering System completely, here is what I found: Fluid that first came out: Final fluid after 1.5 liters flushed and wheels turned lock to lock: Easy procedure, thanks to great...
  16. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I bought B5.5 1.8T AWM I found on craigslist. It has a solid ABS and blinking BRAKE light on so I've been watching the videos on the ABS removal. I noticed something else. I have an empty space where the cars in the videos have something there. What is it? My engine seems to run fine so is it...
  17. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    My Passat 2003 GLX multi-function Indicator works when my car/weather is cold, but fades out after 15 minutes of driving when the heater is on. On a warm or hot day it gets faded out at all times (completely dark). Is this normal or something failing and needs to be fixed? Thank you in advance...
  18. Anything Auto
    Just thinking ahead to my next car, possibly in a couple years. I really like the A3 hatchback, and want a manual transmission, but is it worth it getting an Audi if it's FWD? On the other hand, all other things being equal, a comparable GTI is maybe $1000 less when comparing used cars with no...
  19. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I own two 2.8 Passats... I found one plastic hose broken from the valve cover to the PCV assembly. I tend to use each other to compare since both are the same motor (or so I thought)... I noticed that they have different PCV assemblies... I noticed one has a plug and is routed and teed off...
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