haha, not everyone has that kinda dough DPassat.
In my opinion, and most will agree with this, your first mod should be a combination of 3 things....
#1 -- Chip the Car (new software for the ECU)
Popular brands are GIAC and APR. You can click the links to go to the companies website to see if any shops in your area provide the chip software.
#2 -- Upgrade the Diverter Valve
This is a must when you get your car chipped. The stock diverter valve can't handle a chipped passat. Most people go with a diverter valve by companies like Forge, Hyperboost, and among others. If you dont have the cash for one of the nicer ones (which run $100-$150), you have another option. The Audi TT has a 1.8T engine as well that runs 225hp. The stock diverter valve in that car can handle a chipped Passat. You can get the Audi TT diverter valve at the dealer for around $40. Just say you want a "710N diverter valve, it's the stock one off the TT." Most all VW dealers will carry it. The only downfall about using the 710N diverter valve over the more expensive ones is that it is made out of plastic (like your stock one) and may break down the road.
#3 -- Replace Vacuum Hoses
Your car right now has braided vacuum hoses that are known to get a lot of leaks, especially under a car that is chipped. It is a good idea to replace your braided vacuum lines with silicone vacuum lines. You can get them in an assortment of colors in you prefer, I went red. You can order vacuum hose for around $20. I'd suggest getting 15' of hose, as that should be plenty for all your hoses. You can order this hose from websites like www.hightempsilicone.com, which is where most people get there's from.
So, overall your first mod should include 3 things; Chip, Diverter Valve, Replace Vacuum Hoses. This is a great start to modding your Passat and will increase your 150hp stock motor to anywhere from 180-200hp. A 30-50hp increase for around $600 total is not bad at all!
Good luck with everything and enjoy your Passat!
Newbie here: I have a '99 B5 GLS with about 115K miles. I have no mechanical knowledge base on this stuff. I hope to hold onto it for another couple of years until the new Jetta TDI comes out. I would like to upgrade my suspension for a firmer ride, but I don't know if it's worth putting the $$$ in at this point, and I don't know if I can make worthwhile improvements for around $500. I would have a mechanic do the work for me.quick and good? some suggestions:
Suspension, Brakes & Wheels:
Stoptech Big Brake Kit
-ST-40 4-Piston Calipers
-13.3” (332mm) Two-Piece Slotted Rotors
Neuspeed Sofsport Springs
Neuspeed Grooved Bilstein Shocks
Forged lightweight 3-piece rims with lots of lip
Toyo RA1 Tires
Chas Lower Tie Bar
PureMS Strut Tower Bar
Neuspeed 28mm Rear Sway Bar
Neuspeed 29mm Front Sway Bar
H&R 20MM Rear Wheel Spacers