control arms if havent be replaced. i recently did mine drives amazing replaced both front axles when bought. other than the basics thats all i did when i purchased my b5
Well hello everyone! Never swam to this side of the pond...
I was always in the Mk2/3 & TriState forums. Left for a while, now finally getting back into a VW.
Always had fun on this site, and was hoping you could help. I'm looking to buy a B5, looking to spend $2500-5500 and have been looking at cars with 80k-125k miles and manual transmission. My question to you expierenced Passat owners, what should I be looking for when checking these cars out? What issues are common? What should I be concerned about breaking or changing when I do buy one at a certain milage (i.e. timing belt, turbo, etc.)?
That being said, I have been looking at the classifieds and what not, but if anyone knows of a good deal not too far from NYC let me know!
With the miles you are looking at, documentation, documentation, documentation. Which you probably won't get from a used car lot.
Control arms, timing belt, ONLY synth oil used, brakes, shocks just a couple off the top of my head
2004 Passat 4Mo, 1.8T, stick
past: '96 Audi S6, forced to sell, F. U. nh emissions
'87 VW Quantum syncro wagon, got me into quattro
'85 VW GTI , 17 yrs and 280k miles, rusted away
Doesn't even matter the engine, but documentation is key. Bought my wife's car with a stack of receipts but didn't notice the oil was hardly changed.
Look for something with a complete service history and you are good to go.
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