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      It has all the better cosmetic bits, as noted....

      It has all the better cosmetic bits, as noted. There are virtually no performance mods. A "cold air intake" is more likely to hurt than help, as an optimal one is already fitted at the factory. You...
    2. OTOH, I haven't seen a check engine light in over...

      OTOH, I haven't seen a check engine light in over four years. My 2004 is a baby, with just 115,000; the only non-scheduled maintenance has been a motor mount and two sets of outer CV boots. My 2000 I...
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      Have you ever had the car running normally? The...

      Have you ever had the car running normally? The error codes don't sound like an ECU failure; they sound more like multiple actual problems. I'd start with the camshaft position sensor.
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      Wrong TCM, or corroded wiring splices are my...

      Wrong TCM, or corroded wiring splices are my first two guesses.
    5. Well... way back when, I mounted some wheels that...

      Well... way back when, I mounted some wheels that clearly didn't belong on my B1. They had zero offset, rather than the recommended 45mm. With these fitted, the steering wheel no longer...
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      One thread to a topic, please.

      One thread to a topic, please.
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      My God, you've got the wrong engine in your car!...

      My God, you've got the wrong engine in your car! Get it out of there and put in the right one immediately! (The B5 never came with a VR6, only a conventional 2.8L V6).

      Now that I've got that out...
    8. The original parts are available individually at...

      The original parts are available individually at VW dealers for about $5.00 each; no need to buy a full kit if you still have most of the original parts. VW calls the clips "speed nuts" and the 1/4...
    9. I'd forget the wheels if I were you. Spacing them...

      I'd forget the wheels if I were you. Spacing them out to clear the calipers would decrease the offset enough to cause problems with the steering geometry. And, no one wants to put smaller brakes on a...
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      To expand (sorry for the brief reply) there's no...

      To expand (sorry for the brief reply) there's no rhyme nor reason for one vendor over the other - the factory seems to have used whatever was at hand. Generally, the higher capacity alternators were...
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      It'll be labeled; if you have to remove it to see...

      It'll be labeled; if you have to remove it to see the label, that's what you'll have to do. On my 1.8T there's a metal plate that says Valeo 90 Amp.
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      The TDI is not a bad engine, but they do have...

      The TDI is not a bad engine, but they do have some vulnerability in the balance shafts. It doesn't affect all cars by any means, and is probably closely related to the previous owner's maintenance....
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      Get the guy back to fix his work, if you can find...

      Get the guy back to fix his work, if you can find him. The "takes a while to re-set itself" line is rubbish. The only "reset" is for the auto up/down feature, and that takes seconds to do: Run the...
    14. Thread: Oil leak

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      There should be an oil pressure sensor on the...

      There should be an oil pressure sensor on the cooler, and possibly a simple plug in a second port. If you're sure that's where it's leaking, it's very simple to replace the sensor and O ring. Much...
    15. There shouldn't be any press-in fasteners on the...

      There shouldn't be any press-in fasteners on the belly pan; they must have been replaced at some time. Get the right fasteners, remove them existing ones (however), and hope the holes aren't stripped.
    16. Almost certainly not. If the camshaft position...

      Almost certainly not. If the camshaft position sensor is bad, it will generally result in the sudden complete shutdown of the engine, and/or failure to start. (Unless the engine is cranked long...
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      I wouldn't be running Ford spark plugs in a...

      I wouldn't be running Ford spark plugs in a Passat. Try some Bosch FR7LDCR+ or NGK BKR6EKUB. The V6 isn't as plug sensitive as the 1.8T, but Motorcraft.... ugh.
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      If the plug wells were full of oil, that's...

      If the plug wells were full of oil, that's because the valve cover gasket is leaking - a problem not remedied by changing the plugs. The new ones will just drown again. If the wells were clear and...
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      A very common issue on these cars is oil leaks at...

      A very common issue on these cars is oil leaks at the valve cover gasket and cam chain adjuster seal. Most of the time, this is caused by a clogged PCV system. Pressure builds up under the VC, and...
    20. More like terrified. The 1.8T has a well known...

      More like terrified. The 1.8T has a well known problem where hard little bits of oil, congealed by the heat of the turbocharger, clog the intake screen on the oil pump. This causes a loss of oil...
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