Hi, I'm a new owner to the Passat forum, and picked up a 2003 W8 with 71K miles.
I realize the mileage may have something to do with HID longevity,
but here is the problem I'm having:
The passenger side HID is out, or I thought it was, and after spending
two hours trying to get into it to check (I had the airbox completely out,
and got all the way to the inside cover housing the HID bulb, but for the
life of me couldn't remove that cover & snapped off one of the torx
bit plastic holders), put everything back together, and only THEN was it dark
out enough for me to notice that the bulb actually flickers on but doesn't fully ignite.
I checked several fuses that appeared to be tied to headlight functionality,
but found none burned out. I even pulled the 178 relay for DRLs to see if that
was the problem, but it wasn't (& that's a hard bugger to get plugged back in all
cramped in there!!).
FWIW, both HID bulbs were working for the first 60 miles I've driven this
completely stock W8. I'm already in love with the car, and can't wait to
add subtle mods to this black beauty (first thing to go were those 16" Atlantas).
MOST IMPORTANTLY: I have been trolling passatworld.com & the vortex for as much
info as possible on the W8 (sucks that vortex can't search for 2-letter terms like "W8"),
but when I find info it's generally for B5/5.5 V6 & 1.8T , which far outsold the W8.
Any headlight references typically say "For all Passats except HID".
Any compilation of links and/or references--heck, I'll buy a Bentley manual on CD if I have to--
would be GREATLY appreciated. Seems like "the Swami" has quite a bit of knowledge
on this vehicle, so if you happen to read this, please e-mail me or reply to this post (jdap79 @ gmail . com)
Thanks in advance!
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Modified by jdap at 11:43 AM 2-7-2006