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      That really is an unusual corrosion pattern....

      That really is an unusual corrosion pattern. Living in Wisconsin (where they also have a morbid fascination with road salt), I constantly worry about the onset of rust. My wife is the primary driver...
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      I like this car. Odds are it will possibly...

      I like this car. Odds are it will possibly replace our 2010 Passat wagon (because, you know, VW does not see the wisdom of either importing the German Passat wagon into the US, or building a wagon...
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      I agree. I'm not sure our B6 Passat wagon can do...

      I agree. I'm not sure our B6 Passat wagon can do that!

      Regarding the rear bumper protection, you're going to have to accept the fact that it's going to get scratched. I mean, that's why you put it...
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      Living in Wisconsin, I had a similar question...

      Living in Wisconsin, I had a similar question about the pano roof and heat: but from a totally different perspective. In winter (which we have in Wisconsin...thanks, Canada!), would the large expanse...
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      I don't intend to hijack this excellent thread,...

      I don't intend to hijack this excellent thread, but I have a towing-related question: does the GSW owners manual or the tire pressure label on the car body indicate what tire pressures to use for a...
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      Damn I like the design and look of that EcoHitch;...

      Damn I like the design and look of that EcoHitch; it looks incredibly well-built (especially in the 2-inch size), and the way it integrates with the bumper bar is brilliant. Plus it sits up higher...
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      I doubt that is true. We tow a small...

      I doubt that is true. We tow a small camper/trailer with our DSG-equipped Passat, without any problems (just don't tell the VWoA corporate lawyers). I'm sure in Europe they do the same.
    8. Yes...the DSG is sweet. The fuel economy of a...

      Yes...the DSG is sweet. The fuel economy of a manual, with the convenience of an automatic. This, from a die-hard manual guy -- but after becoming a paraplegic wheelchair user in 2010, we had to get...
    9. This 54 year old fogie still has all his badges,...

      This 54 year old fogie still has all his badges, and still thinks the B6 wagon design is timeless and looks fresh today in 2015. He also wishes his car were that clean (well, it's arguably my wife's...
    10. Nice to see someone else using their B6 as a...

      Nice to see someone else using their B6 as a Sport. Utility. Vehicle. Sorry, I can't help with the wiring (I had a local indy shop do it), but if your trailer lighting uses incandescent blubs, you'll...
    11. 2.0 TSI. Because chains. :)

      2.0 TSI. Because chains. :)
    12. I also installed a Valley hitch -- but all these...

      I also installed a Valley hitch -- but all these options appear to be of an identical design (bolt-on -- no drilling required).

      I tow a Lifetime tent trailer that probably weighs about 1000 pounds...
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      Similar experience for me (but only a little over...

      Similar experience for me (but only a little over 50K miles): 1 bulb and 1 battery. I add a full bottle of Techron before every oil change, and use Costco premium fuel (which supposedly has a good...
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      spider crack in tail lamp cover

      Due to an unfortunate "slight impact"** while backing down the driveway into a large city recycling container (at an air temperature below 0F, when plastic objects decide to become hard and/or...
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      Welcome to the B6 Club! Was that car parked...

      Welcome to the B6 Club! Was that car parked outside in the Texas heat all its life? That may have compounded all the peeling trim issues.

      Speaking of heat: you should turn off your heated mirrors...
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      So these will also work for rear reverse...

      So these will also work for rear reverse ("backup") lights? I have a B6 wagon...and I thought the reverse lights were standard round-socket incandescent bulbs? I'd be thrilled if I were wrong, and an...
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      Oh yeah, you need one of these too ...

      Oh yeah, you need one of these too

      https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5563/15160757635_ec6a6bff8b_c.jpg[/QUOTE]

      Hey, I like that: where, and how much? It's hard to tell from my first photo above,...
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      Motul 8100 Xcess 5W40 since draining the factory...

      Motul 8100 Xcess 5W40 since draining the factory fill at about 2000 miles -- and much to my surprise, the motor has not burned a drop of oil in the first 50,000 miles (I change the oil every 5000...
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      Can't you order one from your local VW dealer? We...

      Can't you order one from your local VW dealer? We have used the OEM version since our 2010 was purchased, and it has held up well (I'm a wheelchair user, so we wanted to protect the floor from all...
    20. Thule Aero crossbars, with a Saris cargo box that...

      Thule Aero crossbars, with a Saris cargo box that I've had since my A3 Jetta. Yeah, it's that old. Yeah, I'm that old.

      When I did some comparisons with the same Saris cargo box on top of my B5...
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