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I will be picking up my first Volkswagen this weekend and looking for recommendations on what should be done considering this car has been sitting in a heated garage for the past two years and not driven

The car is a 2002 Passat GLX V6 4Motion with just under 15k miles. Battery has always been hooked up to a battery tender.

previous owner kept incredible documentation of all services done by the dealer.

Noteable services completed:
Sept 2018- flushed coolant system, changed brake fluid, replaced timing belt, tensioner, and water pump

March 2016- flushed coolant system and replaced serpentine belt

Last oil change was done in September of 2020 with 14,962 miles and has been sitting in the garage ever since.

I plan to service and maintain the car in the Same spirit as the previous owner
Does synthetic oil deteriorate where I should think about changing it right away?

I plan to look everything over but anything else you recommend due to it sitting for so long?
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How much documentation can there really be if the car only has 15k miles?

Synthetic oil does not deteriorate by sitting. The only thing that may occur is moisture getting into the oil from one season to the other but if it's been in a heated environment it'll be ok.

If the car truly only has 15k miles I would check the rubber bushings on the suspension.
Even though a car may have minimal miles on it, rubber components actually degrade by sitting so long.
That includes engine seals, belts, tires and suspension bushings.

Again, if the car really only has 15k miles...
I'd be suspect to the engine coolant being changed twice already. There's no need for that for such low milage.
Either the previous owner had serious OCD or the garage was taking someone's money for nothing.
Even though the recommended interval for changing the timing belt is around 70 - 80k miles it sounds legit, as it will get dry rot from just sitting so long. So that I would agree with.

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Thanks Andreas. I truly appreciate the response and recommendations.

you hit the nail on the head. Owner is obsessive over his vehicles. He has all service records from where the work was done mainly the VW dealer.

I’ve contacted by local VW dealer who will be doing a complete inspection on this vehicle sometime next week.
 

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Mine had slightly more miles on it when I got it.

Basically everything rubber that isn't a hose has cracked or shrunk. Right off the bat I had to replace the CV's because the boots were cracked and I couldn't do it. $800 for the safety and to throw away 2 perfectly good axles. Ouch.

It was leaking oil because one of the camshaft seals (back driver side) had shrunk. Be prepared to do a valve cover cam chain tensioner gasket kit.

My snub nose motor mount in the front was totally gone by the time I got around to it. Just a tiny bit of rotting foam. The rear motor mounts are also rubber and needed replacing.

The front suspension rubber bushings were "good" when I got it but are now all cracked. The rear is pretty good still but I have one coil spring seat in the back that's cracked.

Being garage kept the flex pipes might be good. Mine cracked pretty quick. The problem is if you don't burn off the condensation once and a while they will rust on the inside.

If the recalls were all done you might not have to worry about the water leaks which could become a problem if you're driving it a lot and parking outdoors.

I still haven't done my timing belt but I'm ordering one as we speak. At least you're ahead there. Basically if you can do the work everything else here is relatively inexpensive.

If you intend to have it serviced at the dealership be prepared for a pretty big quote. Everything I mentioned probably "needs to be replaced", except for the CV boots which "had to be replaced". So it depends on the mechanic and how thorough they are. I'd caution you against falling into the trap of doing an upper control arm here, a motor mount there, a cam seal there. By the book these repairs will cost a fortune over a few years as they go one by one. A VW specialist on the other hand might put it in service position, throw it on the hoist and do all of the repairs I mentioned for the cost of parts and shop time. Good luck.
 

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I will be picking up my first Volkswagen this weekend and looking for recommendations on what should be done considering this car has been sitting in a heated garage for the past two years and not driven

The car is a 2002 Passat GLX V6 4Motion with just under 15k miles. Battery has always been hooked up to a battery tender.

previous owner kept incredible documentation of all services done by the dealer.

Noteable services completed:
Sept 2018- flushed coolant system, changed brake fluid, replaced timing belt, tensioner, and water pump

March 2016- flushed coolant system and replaced serpentine belt

Last oil change was done in September of 2020 with 14,962 miles and has been sitting in the garage ever since.

I plan to service and maintain the car in the Same spirit as the previous owner
Does synthetic oil deteriorate where I should think about changing it right away?

I plan to look everything over but anything else you recommend due to it sitting for so long?
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This is the biggest piece of crap to come out of any factory anywhere. If I had one wish it would be to take those responsible for this travesty and peel each one of the engineers skin off piece by piece. To make things worse as they find out about things that need correcting they don't. WHAT A PIECE OF S_IT!!!!
 

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To make things worse as they find out about things that need correcting they don't.
Sorry but I don't feel that's true . Volkswagen is notorious for making mid-model changes. You basically have to give parts stores your VIN number to buy a lightbulb.

B5's are a decent driving car. The 5.5's have most modern amenities and whenever I see one I'm surprised at how well they've held up. Maintenance can be expensive if you can't do it yourself, but up until recently used parts were cheap and plentiful. One of the better "luxury" cars if you can swing a wrench.
 

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B5's are a decent driving car. The 5.5's have most modern amenities and whenever I see one I'm surprised at how well they've held up.
Yep, and with legendary longevity and reliability, particularly on the TDIs sold in Europe. People write songs and rap about them in Poland!

I'm amazed that the OP found one with only 15k miles. I would change the oil and I'd expect some bushings and belts to be cracking after 20 years but 2 years isn't an extraordinarily long time to store a car. Fuel injected cars won't even suffer from stale gas in that amount of time. I've had 80s euro cars with Bosch injection start easily on 7 year old gasoline.

I bought my Passat new almost 22 years ago and the front lower control arm bushings are beginning to show cracks. Uppers were replaced a long time ago because the booties were torn but they're showing a few cracks at the inner bushings now too. I'd expect a few oil leaks from dried 20 year old gaskets too but it sounds like the seller kept up with that kind of stuff.

What a find!
 
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