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    1. You usually won't be able to use the steering...

      You usually won't be able to use the steering wheel controls with aftermarket radios. However, some specific models of certain brands of radio have interface kits. Also, I've seen "universal"...
    2. I hear the Rosetta Stone language learning...

      I hear the Rosetta Stone language learning programs are good, and not much more expensive than a replacement manual from VW.
    3. The hoses to the coolant reservoir may be damaged...

      The hoses to the coolant reservoir may be damaged or loose, or the tank may have developed a crack - it's fairly common. Mine cracked slightly, and I couldn't see it until I turned the tank over.
    4. With all due respect, I don't think it's that...

      With all due respect, I don't think it's that simple. Both my GLS's, 2000 and 2004, have the extending visor. I don't recall seeing one that doesn't.
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      No, but you'll have to remove the seats and...

      No, but you'll have to remove the seats and center console. It's a PITA.
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      Probably, unless you have undeniable evidence...

      Probably, unless you have undeniable evidence that it was done on the replacement engine, which is unlikely. The necessary components for a timing belt job will be in the $200 - $300 range for that...
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      If you're smart, you'll have the head rebuilt...

      If you're smart, you'll have the head rebuilt professionally, or see if you can find a junkyard head. Unfortunately, AEB heads are in short supply.

      Unless you've done it before, you won't have the...
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      The VW B5/5.5 is essentially the same car as the...

      The VW B5/5.5 is essentially the same car as the 1994-2001 Audi A4. They stretched the A4 wheelbase a few inches, and de-contented the interior and accessories a little, to make the "small" Audi the...
    9. Well, good luck with it. Maintenance aside, the...

      Well, good luck with it. Maintenance aside, the W8 is in fact the most fun to drive of any of the B5 Passats, which are already pretty impressive cars. It has a fair number of fans, as well as its...
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      Possibly. There's also the possibility the drains...

      Possibly. There's also the possibility the drains in the bottom of the door are clogged, or the membrane inside the door to be missing.
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      Wasn't being snide, just pointing out that mine...

      Wasn't being snide, just pointing out that mine looked cut on first inspection. You really do need intact wheel well liners, otherwise water and crud gets thrown all sorts of places it doesn't belong.
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      THESE "when" liners? If so, that's the damage...

      THESE "when" liners? If so, that's the damage from not having a belly pan. This is what mine looked like.

      http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/sschuckert/RF_Liner.jpg
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      The odometer and clock are supposed to stay on;...

      The odometer and clock are supposed to stay on; that's normal. As far as the rest, you have a bad battery, bad battery connection, or a power drain. If a drain, it can be a challenge to find. For me,...
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      That's the size and shape he's trying to...

      That's the size and shape he's trying to reproduce, but he wants to make it out of aluminum, presumably for extra protection. The guy who bought one from Partsgeek reports it's much thinner and...
    15. I'd reset the codes, wait a bit, and scan again....

      I'd reset the codes, wait a bit, and scan again. Some of those could be from the battery being disconnected. You may have a leak in the charge hose that goes across the front of the car; the code...
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      As automatics go, they're quite good. Pretty...

      As automatics go, they're quite good. Pretty reliable, though expensive to fix if they DO go wrong. Interesting thing is, the manufacturer recommends 60,000 mile fluid changes, while VW claims the...
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      He's talking about the unsupported version from...

      He's talking about the unsupported version from RossTech which is indeed free. As such, it's certainly worthwhile, especially for people who can't afford $250+ for the full version. RossTech doesn't...
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      It means you have an emissions problem, and you...

      It means you have an emissions problem, and you should take it to a workshop. ;) Beyond that, you'll have to have someone scan it for codes. Write the exact numbers down and get back to us. They'll...
    19. Yes, they have an internal shutter. You can read...

      Yes, they have an internal shutter. You can read more about it HERE. If you want to replace the headlight bulbs (HID capsules, actually) on the W8 you need to take the front bumper off.

      Gas...
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      I was quoted $500 by a dealer to do the cam chain...

      I was quoted $500 by a dealer to do the cam chain adjuster gasket on a 1.8T. It would be twice as much on a V6 (two gaskets). So, he has a W8 or an insane dealership.
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