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      If you don't mind my asking, what's with your...

      If you don't mind my asking, what's with your tail lights? If that something you did, or are they just really badly oxidized?
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      Then definitely get the inspection. I've never...

      Then definitely get the inspection. I've never once bought a used car that didn't turn out to need some work done after I'd driven it a week or so. Though, since I typically insist on some kind of...
    3. First item sounds like your clutch safety switch...

      First item sounds like your clutch safety switch is bad. Second could be a short, or it could be an incorrect bulb. Strange things happen when you put a single filament bulb in a location that...
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      Have you considered paying an independent...

      Have you considered paying an independent mechanic for an inspection? That's what I do if I'm on the fence. Failing that, I'd still like to see it a little cheaper, but sure - go for it. See if you...
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      I've never seen it happen before, either. I'd...

      I've never seen it happen before, either. I'd suspect aftermarket boots and/or clamps. The factory clamps are a crimp-on type that shouldn't be able to come loose; and even if they did, they'd just...
    6. I think you've broken your timing belt. When that...

      I think you've broken your timing belt. When that happens, the alternator and other belt-driven accessories will move, and the engine will actually turn (as demonstrated by the crankshaft and...
    7. I quite like the Oetiker clamps installed at the...

      I quite like the Oetiker clamps installed at the factory. People don't like that they're one use, or that they require a special tool, but there are reasons for the design. I bought a starter kit at...
    8. VW offers an adapter for the iPod/iPhone; they...

      VW offers an adapter for the iPod/iPhone; they want about $200 for it. There are innumerable cheaper third-party copies of that adapter. It's not a simple cable, it allows you to start, stop, and...
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      Unless you're doing it yourself, you could easily...

      Unless you're doing it yourself, you could easily be charged $1500 for the clutch alone. But, you probably don't need it - mine is automatic, but these cars are notorious for the clutch...
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      I'd buy it for $6K; maybe more. At 55,000 it's...

      I'd buy it for $6K; maybe more. At 55,000 it's barely broken in. Agree on the timing belt at nine years; most people say not to exceed seven, regardless of mileage. Like any used car there are a...
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      1. If you take it to a VW specialist, they'll be...

      1. If you take it to a VW specialist, they'll be able to read any diagnostic codes from the transmission. This will probably, but not certainly, be useful.

      2. Absent the above, all they can do by...
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      Best way would be to install the factory 1BE...

      Best way would be to install the factory 1BE sport suspension. This would consist mostly of new springs and shocks. That'll lower the car about an inch, and give it a firmer ride. Beyond that, you...
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      All else fails: Mississauga Volkswagen 2420...

      All else fails:

      Mississauga Volkswagen
      2420 Motorway Blvd.
      Mississauga, ON
      L5L 1X3
      905) 569-3233

      401 Dixie Volkswagen
      5500 Dixie Road
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      Good. And this is why, occasionally, the...

      Good. And this is why, occasionally, the "stealership" is your best friend.
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      My bad; somehow thought the OP has a 1.8T, like I...

      My bad; somehow thought the OP has a 1.8T, like I do. The V6 is not much trouble at all.
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      Hey, you know why CATs aren't put under cars so...

      Hey, you know why CATs aren't put under cars so much anymore? I had a Fiat where the CAT was under the car, almost the lowest point. Drove the car into a grassy field at a flea market, and the field...
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      Given the V6's notorious propensity to...

      Given the V6's notorious propensity to over-report bad CATs, that's a reasonable action. There was even a recall to re-flash the ECU in some model years to address the problem. Of course the spacers...
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      Well, I'm showing nine pages of content; if you...

      Well, I'm showing nine pages of content; if you want to scroll through them all that will work, too. But as I said, PassatWorld is a good bit larger.
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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....
    20. 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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