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    Thread: Very New Passat owner

    1. 02-15-2015 02:01 PM #1
      Hello all,

      I just brought my daughter a 2002 Passat GLX yesterday and I have a few questions if you good people could help me out. Let me say I didn't get the owners manual so some of the duh questions I wont know only because of that.

      1. How do you turn off the automatic climate control. I didn't see an off button. (Working as advised)
      2. I am looking for a replacement read ashtray unit any good place to buy one? (Replaced)
      3. I this morning the check engine light came on and I am reading error codes P0171 and P0174 any good advice on that? (Replaced hose)
      4. The latch on the glovebox is broken like the henge is broke any way to replace / repair it and still be able to use the key? (Fixed)
      5. I get my oil changes at the local Merchants I know I need synthetic but the brand they use is that good enough to use in the VW? I was warned that they can be picky. (Completed at the dealer)
      6. I need a replacement key made are these keys chipped and can I still program the second fob without two keys?

      Thank you for any info that can be provided.
      Last edited by TyShawn; 05-17-2015 at 09:35 AM.

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      02-15-2015 02:31 PM #2
      1. Press and hold the "blower speed down" button until the display reads OFF at right.
      2. Interior parts like that can be quite expensive. A salvage yard would be best, but if you don't minding spending $40 or so, the VW dealer can order one.
      3. P0171 and P0174 are lean codes and (when together) are usually caused by a leak in the air intake system.
      4. Yes. You'll have to get a whole new door (salvage yard again) to replace the latch, but (if intact) you can move the lock cylinder.
      5. The oil you use should say "VW specification 502.00" on the label.
      6. The keys have an immobilizer chip. Only a dealer can program that. The "remote opening" portion can be programmed if you have a second key, or have a program like VCDS.

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      02-15-2015 03:49 PM #3
      Glove box latch is a common failure. You can buy a brand new door with latch for $150 - $200.

      For example:

      http://www.ecstuning.com/Volkswagen-...oard/ES340471/

      (Black shown here. They also have gray and beige.)

      You would have to move your existing lock cylinder, which is somewhat tricky to do.

      Which engine do you have and how many miles on it? When was timing belt last replaced?

    4. 02-15-2015 04:29 PM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by thscott View Post
      Glove box latch is a common failure. You can buy a brand new door with latch for $150 - $200.

      For example:

      http://www.ecstuning.com/Volkswagen-...oard/ES340471/

      (Black shown here. They also have gray and beige.)

      You would have to move your existing lock cylinder, which is somewhat tricky to do.

      Which engine do you have and how many miles on it? When was timing belt last replaced?
      If I had to guess I would say it wasn't done there is 120,000 on the car. I was looking to have that don't next month.

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      02-15-2015 06:29 PM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by TyShawn View Post
      If I had to guess I would say it wasn't done there is 120,000 on the car. I was looking to have that don't next month.
      Don't put it off. The original change interval was 105,000 miles; that was later revised downward (due to failures) to 80,000. You know the implications of an interference engine, right?

    6. 02-16-2015 12:18 PM #6
      Any website you recommend for the timing belt kit?

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      02-16-2015 01:30 PM #7
      There are several. Here are a couple:

      http://www.germanautoparts.com/Volks...t/Engine/290/8

      http://www.ecstuning.com/Volkswagen-...003_2004_2005/

      What engine do you have? 2.8L V6 or 1.8T 4 cylinder?

    8. 02-16-2015 03:36 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by thscott View Post
      There are several. Here are a couple:

      http://www.germanautoparts.com/Volks...t/Engine/290/8

      http://www.ecstuning.com/Volkswagen-...003_2004_2005/

      What engine do you have? 2.8L V6 or 1.8T 4 cylinder?
      2.8 V6

    9. 02-25-2015 09:25 PM #9
      Well my daughter is hit with the tuning bug and wants to know what sporty factory Audi or vw rims that will fit on this car.

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      02-25-2015 09:31 PM #10
      Suggest she take care of timing belt and other maintenance needs first.

    11. 02-26-2015 07:15 AM #11
      That is set to be done on Monday water pump, timing belt, thermostat, hose, and gaskets. The wheels wont be until the end of spring, also the glovebox got repaired so that is off the list of things to do.

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      02-26-2015 08:09 AM #12
      So... when she says "tuning" does she mean increasing performance, or changing appearance? "Big wheels" are very popular just now; virtually every new, young owner wants to put larger wheels on their car. However, this is 99% about achieving a "look", not improving performance.

      Oversize wheels and low profile tires date back to the bias-ply days, when it was a way to achieve crisper steering feel, and preserving contact footprint by reducing sidewall flex. Modern tire design has reduced that advantage very significantly. In it's place, you get harsher ride, greater susceptibility to pothole damage, lower acceleration, and poorer gas mileage.

      See, metal weighs more than air or rubber, and larger wheels put additional mass just where you don't want it. It's not only unsprung weight, it's mass that has to be spun up and spun down when you accelerate/decelerate. Real-world tests by major auto magazine confirm this; the effect is quite marked.

      If she wants to explore this anyway, I'd recommend limiting the choices to the 16" wheels that were offered on V6 cars, or perhaps a 17" that came on B6's (on the latter, be careful of the offset.) Just pick by appearance.

    13. 02-26-2015 04:15 PM #13
      Tuning at be the wrong term visual enhancements she wants to use stock parts or rims swap out the factory grill. She doesn't want to lower the car as she enjoys the stock ride.

    14. 04-02-2015 06:18 PM #14
      Scott and Scott,

      Thank you both for your wisdom on my daughters car. I just took the car in for repairs and the mechanic said the timing belt was cracking and was in great need for repair. Repairing the other items listed so this car is on its way to getting some much needed love. One cosmetic change I need some help on it the trim molding around the inside of the door, its not on the door itself but on the car around the door. That for some reason is warped other than a junk yard any after market places I can get that stripping?

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      04-03-2015 08:30 AM #15
      Are you referring to the rubber-like gasket or seal that goes all around the perimeter of the door opening to seal it when it is closed?

    16. 04-03-2015 08:15 PM #16
      Sorry not that molding I'll get a picture when my daughter returns. I must say after getting the car back today the engine is super quiet. I was amazed how quiet it was it was quieter than my 06 maxima. I started looking at an 11 or 12 passat for myself.

    17. 05-17-2015 09:54 AM #17
      Ok next up on the repair list, shocks. I had a feeling a few weeks back that the ride was a little spongy for my taste so I let some time go by and chose to do an old school hand test. I am not a big guy so keep that in mind. I was able to use one hand and not even put A LOT of force on pushing down on each corner of the car only to have it give way and bounce 2-3 time after the single push. SO to me that was a clear indication that shocks and struts on the bad boy all way round. This leads to my question... 1. What brand shocks are good for these cars. 2. I don't know what good stock shocks are like on these cars so how stiff are they? Should we look at sport turned shocks? I have a good feeling that a good balanced shock should be the way to go as my daughter is not the street racer. Here is a couple of sets I am looking at now.

      http://www.ecstuning.com/Volkswagen-.../Kit/ES514016/
      http://www.ecstuning.com/Volkswagen-...Kit/ES2129946/
      http://www.ecstuning.com/Volkswagen-...ks/Kit/ES1973/

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      05-17-2015 02:12 PM #18
      I've heard good things regarding Bilstein shocks.
      Make sure you get correct ones: sedan vs wagon; engine.
      Last edited by thscott; 05-17-2015 at 02:16 PM.

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      05-17-2015 03:27 PM #19
      What he said. I've owned almost a dozen VW's and always had good luck with Bilstein.

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      05-19-2015 12:37 AM #20
      Get the Bilsteins, lifetime warranty and quality build.

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