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      It's a much more popular engine with the "drive...

      It's a much more popular engine with the "drive it and leave it alone" crowd than people who want to modify. You might get better answers over at PassatWorld, which is more maintenance oriented....
    2. Thread: My beloved B5

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      Well... For me, I'd get rid of most of the black,...

      Well... For me, I'd get rid of most of the black, starting with the tail lights. It's kinda cool looking, if a little 90's - but I prefer function over form. If drivers can't see your tail lights or...
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      Seriously? You looked under and it's cracked?...

      Seriously? You looked under and it's cracked? That doesn't just happen, you have to run over something.

      Changing it, unfortunately, is a bit of a bear. It's blocked by a subframe crossmember, you...
    4. Depends - some formulations of GL-5 are corrosive...

      Depends - some formulations of GL-5 are corrosive to brass parts, which this transmission has. Some GL-5 lubes say on the label, also for GL-4 applications; they should be safe. IMHO, just hop down...
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      Probable, even. Two things generally cause...

      Probable, even. Two things generally cause massive, sudden oil leaks - cracking the oil pan or the oil cooler seal failing. Good news is, it's a $3 part and easy to change. Also, they fail often...
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      Have to think like a German. Easy for me, my...

      Have to think like a German. Easy for me, my grandfather was born in Berlin. It's assumed the car will be meticulously inspected and maintained, like an F-18 before it leaves the carrier deck. Pan...
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      Dual Mass Flywheel? Assuming he has one of the...

      Dual Mass Flywheel? Assuming he has one of the less-common manual V6's.
    8. Factory radio not working? A cheap replacement...

      Factory radio not working? A cheap replacement probably won't sound as good as the factory Monsoon unit. No recommendations, but a reasonable number of people have had problems with fit,...
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      I'm of the opinion that 95% of the problems with...

      I'm of the opinion that 95% of the problems with the factory belly pan is mechanics not replacing the fasteners. I have NEVER had one come loose all by itself; but time after time, I've had mechanics...
    10. I've dealt mostly with P0491 from loose or...

      I've dealt mostly with P0491 from loose or damaged hoses on 1.8T's. The reference manual says they're same error, just bank one or two; and my car doesn't have bank two (GRIN). If I were to guess,...
    11. Yup, I'm virtually certain it takes data from the...

      Yup, I'm virtually certain it takes data from the MAF and O2 sensors and infers the flow from the pump. There's also an electrical check to see if the pump is running, but I think that throws a...
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      There's no way to verify that remotely; misfires...

      There's no way to verify that remotely; misfires have several causes, and the MAF isn't a common one. I'd start by checking the spark plugs - are they current, and of the exact model specified by VW?...
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      The P0352 refers to a coil problem, the rest...

      The P0352 refers to a coil problem, the rest individual cylinder misfires. First question would be, where did you get the replacement parts? Aftermarket V6 coils are notorious for quick failures, and...
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      Oh, that's simple - people like black, and it's...

      Oh, that's simple - people like black, and it's not a common color, at least around here. You keep reading about people wanting to "murder out" their cars; black paint, black interior, black wheels,...
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      Now, see - that's what I mean. The car's...

      Now, see - that's what I mean. The car's designers had a pretty good idea what they were doing. Anyplace you move stuff is going to be non-optimal in the big picture. Harder to get to, longer hoses...
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      Hey, a LOT of people fill that out wrong, or....!...

      Hey, a LOT of people fill that out wrong, or....! OK, duh - I didn't look.
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      Good point on the "oil sludge" and since the OP...

      Good point on the "oil sludge" and since the OP is new to VW it deserves some expansion.

      The 1.8T engine, as installed in the B5 Passat, suffers from a condition where hard little chunks of oil,...
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      No way to tell from here if you have HID. The...

      No way to tell from here if you have HID. The only USA cars to have them from the factory are the relatively rare W8-engine models. They are, however, a fairly common aftermarket add-on. Aside from...
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      Yes, that's a B5.5. And it appears not to have...

      Yes, that's a B5.5. And it appears not to have side marker lights at the rear of the front fenders, making it a 2004.5 or a 2005. Nice car, and in the coveted black paint. Might well be worth putting...
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      1. I generally keep VW's to about 250,000; some...

      1. I generally keep VW's to about 250,000; some people with 1.8T's are past 300k, occasionally pushing 400k.

      2. There are a bunch of thing that need to be replaced periodically. I'd first look...
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