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I was looking into buying a set of HIDs from a used Passat. It says it came from a '03 Passat w/ gas discharge. What exactly does that mean? Also, what year did Passats start using the tailights with the white in the center, becuase I have a black '99 Passat and I don't know if I should get new ones with the white, or keep my all red ones and get them tinted.
 

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Gas discharge is another name for HID.
HID stands for high intensity discharge, and uses a metal halide gas to create the bright light vs. a standard filament and halogen gas.

The new style tail lights came on 2001.5 models. They won't fit directly onto you older model, as the shape is physically different...

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JimmyDee said:
Gas discharge is another name for HID.
HID stands for high intensity discharge, and uses a metal halide gas to create the bright light vs. a standard filament and halogen gas.

The new style tail lights came on 2001.5 models. They won't fit directly onto you older model, as the shape is physically different...

Jimmy :)
Thanks! Too bad about the tail lights, I guess I'll just tint mine. But will the HIDs fit?
 

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Now that you mention it... no, I don't think they will fit.
Is it a full headlamp assembly? if it is, then it definitely won't fit.
If it's just the lamp assembly, then I doubt it will fit. the newer units use an H7 bulb, and I think your older one uses an H4 or an H1.

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Thanks guys, but i'm gonna wait on the headlights. I like the instrument cluster on the newer B5's with the chrome. If I bought a used one would it work with a 5spd V6, and my odometer wouldn't change, correct? Also, I'm approaching 80k miles, what do you guys recommend that NEEDS to be done. I have the timing belt replaced at 65k, I need to do the fan belt too, since its cracked and I need to get a new motor for my wipers, other than that, what else should be done? Thanks.
 
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