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  1. New Member Introductions
    Hi all I have been here before and gotten some good info. Some too techie, but some down to earth. I need down to earth :) Have a 2000 1.8 (I guess puts me in the B5 crowd? ) !08,000 miles. Have had a few bumps along the way with my independent Audi/VW only mechanic.. othertimes pleasantly...
  2. B5 Garage
    I took my relatively new to me 01 B5 4Mo in for an alignment the other day. The alignment guy brought me over and showed me a bunch of play in the upper control arms, at the rubber bushings. He said he could not align it until those were fixed. I asked, and he thought the lower arms and tie rod...
  3. B5 Garage
    Hello all. I have owned my '99 B5 for 7 months now, and after extensive reading of your forums for the past month, I have gotten up the courage to do my own timing belt replacement. (I just hit 115k) I have read the many how-to's and have just received my ECS tuning timing belt kit. I was...
  4. B5 Garage
    I've been pouring through all the threads I can find on control arm replacement. I think I'm just about ready to try it. Car is a 2000 1.8 ATW Wagon, almost 90,000 miles. Here are my remaining questions: 1. I know at least one UCA on the passenger side is bad. I plan to replace both. I'm...
  5. B5 Garage
    I've been pouring through all the threads I can find on control arm replacement. I think I'm just about ready to try it. Car is a 2000 1.8 ATW Wagon, almost 90,000 miles. Here are my remaining questions: 1. I know at least one UCA on the passenger side is bad. I plan to replace both. I'm...
  6. B5 Garage
    I've been pouring through all the threads I can find on control arm replacement. I think I'm just about ready to try it. Car is a 2000 1.8 ATW Wagon, almost 90,000 miles. Here are my remaining questions: 1. I know at least one UCA on the passenger side is bad. I plan to replace both. I'm...
  7. New Member Introductions
    Hello everyone, I just bought a 2000 VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT GLX. I have absolutely no idea what the car is all about other than it was well recommended and it ran well and was affordable. I was curiouse how to tell the difference between a B5 and a B5.5? Oh, and i would like to start doing some...
  8. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I am putting neuspeed sports and bilsteins shocks on tonight an wanted to know if anyone had any advice to give before I go? Do I need the ruber bumber in the strut setup, or are there any washers I need.....anything at all would be great. TIA Chris Patterson :bowdown: :bowdown:
  9. B5 Garage
    Used to be that Mintex Red Box were the recommended pad, but that seems to have changed due to quality issues. Also some talk about the rotors causing dust, not the pads. Here are my requirements, all 4 wheels, '99 Passat GLX: - Replacement pads, LOW/NO DUST - New rotors, nothing fancy (e.g...
  10. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Im looking to buy a passat 1.9tdi and need some advice on buying this car, a few questions: 1) what is the performance like on these cars? 2) what type of performance upgrades are avaiable for these cars and what are the best examples to get the bhp up from the standard? 3) any pictures of...
  11. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Folks if you plan on using an aggressive pad like Porterfields, Cobalt Friction, EBC Green Compound, PBR/Axxis or even Mintex pads be sure to bed in your pads correctly. To many DIYers use the old-school method of wearing in pads without bedding them, which is one of the primary causes of...
  12. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Since I got the coil pack recall for my 2003 W8, I decided to go ahead with the dealer 10K service instead of doing it myself. $154.00 later (oil change & tire rotation) I found on the invoice that they had put 0-30 synthetic in my W8. The girl at the service dept. immediately jumped at me that...
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