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Jamal N. - Waterloo Region ON

Hello all!

I suppose I will use this thread to highlight all of the changes that I do with my B5.5 Passat TDI, as of right now it's bone stock, and quite boring lol. I bought the car for mega cheap ($1450) with a blown transmission, since buying it, I have put in a 'new' used transmission, did the timing belt, brakes and control arms, as I was planning on flipping it... but that didn't happen. I ended up selling my other daily (B5 Passat Variant), since it would have costed me more to own over the long run than the TDI.

So yeah, winter is coming and the brainstorming has already begun and since I cannot keep a vehicle I own in a bone stock state, this will also help me keep track of all the changes I do. I didn't really do that with my Mk3 which now has a 1.8T in it. But what can ya do!?

Here she be.




A new update actually will be coming sooner than I even thought! Stay tuned.

EDIT: actually, as of right now it isn't totally stock! I put in a Phatnoise, since I loved it sooo much in my Mk3! BOOM!
 

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Nice! I'm local to Kitchener too. Maybe I'll see you around sometime - there's a few Waterloo passat drivers too (minus one recently. :poke:). Any pics of the MkIII? I used to own a MkIII golf (1.8L) but it died.
 

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Nice! I'm local to Kitchener too. Maybe I'll see you around sometime - there's a few Waterloo passat drivers too (minus one recently. :poke:). Any pics of the MkIII? I used to own a MkIII golf (1.8L) but it died.
Oh for sure, glad to see here that there are a few of us around locally! Here's some pics of said Mk3.





I haven't driven the car in about a year... I've kinda grown bored of it. I'm sure in the future I will re-kindle and finally throw on a BT. :D



I'm still lurking here! :poke: :p

Anyways welcome Jamal! there are some good people here in the Canadian section! I used my thread to document my progress too :thumbup: Hopefully I'll see you at some meets again :thumbup:
For sure man, glad to know I already know someone on here! Makes it a bit easier! lol

Welcome to the boards, if you ever need anything don't hesitate to ask :D
Thanks man, I definitely will not hesitate for a second!

Welcome! That's a fantastic price that you paid for the TDI, even with a blown tranny. What's the mileage on the engine?
Currently, the mileage is at 208, nearing 209, I bought the car with 197 on it. So it was still just getting broken in lol.

The auto I put in the car is getting pulled sometime end of the next month, I have a manual trans swap coming from the old country! :)
 

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Nice. Did you put a MkIV dash into the MkIII?? I'm thinking of meeting up with everyone we usually go to the Tim's on King St near Laurier. If you're interested maybe Friday or Sunday?
 

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I did. Including obviously the engine from a Mk4, and the wiring harness(es) from headlight to tail light. The wheels are also from a Mk4 lol. Seats are from a B5 A4... I call the car a frankenstein. It's all sorts of everything.

In regards to the Passat... terrible 'teaser' of sorts, but it'll do for now. There will be more teasers of other things when they come around... I'm sure.




Sorry about the night shots, I don't have much time during the day unfortunately, and I just so happened to be changing over to my winters so it was as perfect time as any to test the wheels out, and see if there was any major offset issues I'd have to deal with.... but I'm thoroughly satisfied. Warmer weather needs to get here quickly lol.
 

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I think I know what (or who's old ;) ) wheels those are :poke:

If I am right you are very lucky! had my eye on them ! :thumbup:

Either way looks like you will have some nice poke, with a drop should have a nice stance :thumbup:
 

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Taking off your summers? Its only November? This is about the time I normally take mine off but the weather has been so nice, I'm still hoping for another few weeks or atleast a few days of sun..

you have a silverstone b5.5? I got a nice one if so... we should meet up sometime.
 

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I think I know what (or who's old ;) ) wheels those are :poke:

If I am right you are very lucky! had my eye on them ! :thumbup:

Either way looks like you will have some nice poke, with a drop should have a nice stance :thumbup:
You may be on to something Dylan... sneaky sneaky!

Taking off your summers? Its only November? This is about the time I normally take mine off but the weather has been so nice, I'm still hoping for another few weeks or atleast a few days of sun..

you have a silverstone b5.5? I got a nice one if so... we should meet up sometime.
I'm took off the OEM wheels, the tires were almost cooked and I don't really have a garage to do work in, and I wasn't going to wait till it got too cold to do it. I was test fitting the summers actually. I have a Stonehenge Grey B5.5... it's bone stock still. A lot of time left until it won't be. lol
 

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Just recently did the auto windows up/down with remote... thanks to Dylan for pointing me in the correct direction! I also got word that my manual transmission swap has hit the shores of Canada... damn waves! That should be getting installed in the next week or two... usually when it comes to mechanical stuff like this, I would do it myself, but unfortunately, the longitudinal transmissions are like bodies and I really am not wanting to tackle the project, so it will be getting outsourced to someone else to do... unlike my Jetta where I did ALL of the work. This will be weird having someone else do it.

I'm guessing I should have a 5% or a little more, increase in mileage, cause there won't be a dimwit controlling how the car shifts, and when the car shifts. And shortly thereafter I plan on getting the car chipped by Malone Tuning. Depending on how the weather is come end of December, early January.

I also want to get my hands on a W8 Panel... or cheap out and grab an early 5.5 GLX rear mirror. lol
 

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Thanks man, it's just my daily car, so I'm not going to go crazy on it, I just want to make sure it will last me a very long time. So that I can continue to work on my Jetta at some point and finish the vision I've had set out for it since I've owned it..... now coming to it's 8th year lol. First car love.
 

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Manual transmission swap is here, it will be getting done in two weeks time, sounds messed up considering winter is coming, but so be it. I got a little bored today and decided to put the summers on and see what it would look like after a quick Photoshop session. The internet knows about my wheels before mostly a lot of people I know. So be honoured! :p

Hopes ya like. If you dont.... haha I don't care. :)



As well, I will be changing out the current tires (215/40/17) for a set of 225/45/17... I want to be low, but not insane low, I have my Mk3 for low, ground-to-car access.
 

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Some news.

Auto transmission is out. The manual is in. These TDI's should have been available with a manual.

This car is just that much better now because of it and I will definitely enjoy it soo much more now. I wish I had pics of the install, but the best I can get for you guys is a third pedal and the gear shift boot lol. Once I get a grey one or a new black one in, I'll share some non-essential pics. For now I will hopefully achieve better mileage!
 
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