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What is left to break?; How many things can break in one car? (a venting session)

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In the 5 years I've had with atia (B5 v6 5spd) I feel like if it is possible for it to break, it has, twice. I'm wondering if there are other common failures someone has had that this car hasn't. I feel like I should get a prize for having a passat that ALL common failures were shown. This list doesn’t include wear items like clutch/brakes. It's a 5-speed v6 so no limp mode and turbo issues. Also I haven't seen barney blood yet, but they were preemptively replaced.

What has broke in the last 5 years and 76k miles:

Rear view mirror went black
Rear window glass pin disintegrated
Rear defrost
Driver's side door:
window track destruction
door open handle broke
plastic cover that you remove to get the door skin off (2x)
window switch assembly (3x)
mirror switch
mirrors fold in but not out
speaker rattle
key broke off in trunk lock

Fuse #5 (HVAC, steering controls, heated seats)
heater core
dome lights come on and off as they wish
seat wobbles
seat adjustment only when car is on
screen in cluster cuts off corners (but still works)
trunk opening (electrical), and the key lock (mechanical)
glove box light (disintegrated while shorting out)
glove box door (2x)
visor lights
heated mirror wont heat

every ball joint in the house at least twice!
3 days of fun with each pinch bolt, (now annually removed and re-greased)
calipers fused on (had to cut one out)
brake lines
CV shafts (4x)
abs module (3x)

Vac lines
coil unit (2x)
spark plug wires (3x)
water pump
plastic that shows where TDC is
SAI fan plumbing
all PCV hoses
o2 sensor connections
Seven and counting flex pipes welded in
oil pan (2x)
bad coolant leak from back of engine (still can't find, ~1/2 quart a day of water added)
valve cover gaskets (2x but one was preventative)
most camshaft seals (2x)

2 keyfobs
fell off and ran over corner marker light and belly pan at speed
car was impounded and they went muddin in it, still finding mud in new places
hood latch

I guess what im wondering is, anyone feel my pain or had a similar experience? I still do love her, but it's hard when 3/5 of the years I am greeted by beeping and/or STOP displayed every time I turn the key, and randomly while driving.

Either-way I feel better now.

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Note that the OP's profile says his car is a 2001.5. That's coming up on 15 years old. And I suspect the 76k is for the above repairs, not the total mileage - yes? if so, what's the current mileage?

That said, the list of repairs is just ridiculous. SEVEN flex joints? THREE ABS modules? With all due respect, either the repairs have been ineptly done, or the OP is incredibly careless with his car - possibly both. My car is a little newer, a 2004. But in the last 80k, my total repairs aside from wear items have been ONE motor mount, ONE set of CV boots, and ONE jack flap. Total mileage 112k.

I have no complaints.
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what it is, is that you have to stop buying crappy aftermarket parts ;)
I think you're on the money there. Far too many junkyard parts, at least. Replacing known failure-point parts with used ones, already well on their way to end-of-life, seems counter-productive. I suspect the axles are the same, used or aftermarket. I've never had to actually replace an axle, though they do need to be rebooted periodically. Aftermarket parts I've never had luck with; many VWs over many years have reinforced that point beyond question. Even something as simple as a coolant reservoir I use original parts.
Sure it could, if they're cheap aftermarket axles. However, there are other parts I'd suspect first, like the brake rotors. Both of my B5's had warped rotors when I got them.
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