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      09-19-2020 12:52 PM #1
      I drove my newly bought 1984 Jetta GLI for 18 years as a daily driver, then in 2002 purchased a 2002 Passat B5.5 1.8T stick shift.

      On the day I picked up the Passat and drove it home, I told my best friend “I will never deny myself a nice car again. I won’t keep this car that long”. Riiight.

      16 years later, today I’m finally selling this pretty solid car. The only thing that went wrong was the heater core plugged up, and cruise control broke. Oh, and a bad valve in gas tank. The car has seen me go from raging rock band/ surfer/snowboard bachelor, to married, kid, and moved to suburbs.

      The new owner promises to show it more love than I have in the last few years (I’m driving 1st gen Highlander mostly last two years).

      Thanks VW. This car was a terrific purchase. It may be the last time I own a manual transmission car, though .

      Pic after I washed it for new owner. It held up pretty well:




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      09-19-2020 12:58 PM #2
      I can't even imagine. Congrats on your time. What's next?
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      09-19-2020 01:45 PM #3
      I can't imagine having the same car that long, but I am always impressed by those who do manage it. That generation of Passat is still a smart looking car and I think an entirely decent driving vehicle, too. What is replacing it? And why won't you get another stick?

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      09-19-2020 02:04 PM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by x(why)z View Post
      That generation of Passat is still a smart looking car and I think an entirely decent driving vehicle, too.
      That was my thought when I saw it. Been awhile since I've seen a clean one, and it's still a good looking car.
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      09-19-2020 02:11 PM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by randy View Post
      I drove my newly bought 1984 Jetta GLI for 18 years as a daily driver, then in 2002 purchased a 2002 Passat B5.5 1.8T stick shift.

      On the day I picked up the Passat and drove it home, I told my best friend “I will never deny myself a nice car again. I won’t keep this car that long”. Riiight.

      16 years later, today I’m finally selling this pretty solid car. The only thing that went wrong was the heater core plugged up, and cruise control broke. Oh, and a bad valve in gas tank. The car has seen me go from raging rock band/ surfer/snowboard bachelor, to married, kid, and moved to suburbs.

      The new owner promises to show it more love than I have in the last few years (I’m driving 1st gen Highlander mostly last two years).

      Thanks VW. This car was a terrific purchase. It may be the last time I own a manual transmission car, though .

      Pic after I washed it for new owner. It held up pretty well:




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      I had an ‘03 that looked a lot like that one, silverstone gray, right? But it’s been a minute since I sold it. Good car.

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      09-19-2020 02:30 PM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by CTK View Post
      I can't even imagine. Congrats on your time. What's next?

      Exactly what I wondered...such a tease, lol.
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      09-19-2020 02:37 PM #7
      I loved my B5.5.

      I sold it around 2010 when my wife started her doctorate, so we can keep our finances lean.

      I'd probably still be driving it today.

      I'm amazed you kept it so long.



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      09-19-2020 03:41 PM #8
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      09-19-2020 03:57 PM #9
      I got to say, though I’d never keep a main/daily car that long (fun car is another story), if I had to pick in 2002 what car to keep for 18 years, you did damn well with a B5.5. Great looks, good drivetrains (I like the 1.8t manual with or without 4mo), roomy, and impressive it held up that well!

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      09-19-2020 04:58 PM #10
      My first car was a '99 B5 V6 manual that I bought off lease from my brother. Great car but man was it plagued with mechanical issues (clutch, control arms, cv boots, timing belt, water pump, valve cover gaskets, and many more fun things. Very happy to hear you got so much time out of this one, perhaps the B5.5 and the 1.8T was the combo needed to have a reliable Passat back then? Either way congrats on moving onto a new car and congrats to the new owner.
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      09-19-2020 06:52 PM #11
      That's pretty amazing man. I recently sold my '03 GTI and I realized at 5 years it was the longest I have ever owned a car.

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      09-19-2020 06:54 PM #12
      I kept an 87 Taurus wagon for 17 years, but the last 2 years the kids had it for high school. It was comfortable, but slow and only had about 134K when we donated it.
      My Passat wagon I've had for 15 years and our Golf for 16. My son will be taking the Golf with him to Ohio whenever the orchestra starts up again, it only has 64K on it but he drives about 20-24K each year. I don't know if I will keep the Passat as I've only driven it 1K in the last 21 months. The new Tiguan is nice, but the Passat is more fun to drive. The interior on the Passat is shot, so that detracts from the drive.
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      09-19-2020 06:58 PM #13
      I remember you posting about buying that car and being amazed that you drove your GLI for so long.

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      09-19-2020 09:23 PM #14
      Nice. The body has kept up really well in 18 years. Were you still on the original clutch? Funny how quickly time flies.

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      09-19-2020 09:48 PM #15
      To answer questions , car has 175k went I let it go today . Original clutch.

      The bad valve in the gas tank was a bummer, as it failed smog (first time ever!), and that cost more than any repair I have done that was unexpected. Although I did do control arms, but also took opportunity to put Bilsteins on it.

      I don’t see them really anymore in So Cal. The new owner is going to take it to Tijuana and get the cloth interior fixed up.

      The 1.8T engine still pulls strong. Was using oil at the end, prob needed a quart at 4K .

      New owner is putting new brakes and braided lines, and replacing axels. He may have some repairs in the future , but I think he’s ok with it.


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      09-19-2020 09:49 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
      I remember you posting about buying that car and being amazed that you drove your GLI for so long.
      Doesn’t time fly???


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      09-20-2020 12:39 AM #19
      Amazing how long those B5/5.5 last. I have a 2000 Passat that we purchased new. I never thought we would be still driving it 20 years later. It's my wife's daily driver. Incredibly reliable car. A couple of weeks back she started talking about getting something new. She really likes my Golf Alltrack. I'm thinking of swapping cars with her just to keep the Passat around.
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      09-20-2020 01:10 AM #20
      Wow I can’t imagine having a daily driver that long, kudos for that!

      Quote Originally Posted by Sold Over Sticker View Post
      That was my thought when I saw it. Been awhile since I've seen a clean one, and it's still a good looking car.
      Same, I really enjoyed mine the brief time I had it and they still catch my eye.
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      09-20-2020 08:42 AM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by Dubveiser View Post
      I loved my B5.5.

      I sold it around 2010 when my wife started her doctorate, so we can keep our finances lean.

      I'd probably still be driving it today.

      I'm amazed you kept it so long.


      I've always loved that generation Passat and used to drool over them excessively when they were new. And wow, yours was gorgeous!!

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      09-20-2020 08:58 AM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by randy View Post
      I drove my newly bought 1984 Jetta GLI for 18 years as a daily driver, then in 2002 purchased a 2002 Passat B5.5 1.8T stick shift.

      On the day I picked up the Passat and drove it home, I told my best friend “I will never deny myself a nice car again. I won’t keep this car that long”. Riiight.

      16 years later, today I’m finally selling this pretty solid car. The only thing that went wrong was the heater core plugged up, and cruise control broke. Oh, and a bad valve in gas tank. The car has seen me go from raging rock band/ surfer/snowboard bachelor, to married, kid, and moved to suburbs.

      The new owner promises to show it more love than I have in the last few years (I’m driving 1st gen Highlander mostly last two years).

      Thanks VW. This car was a terrific purchase. It may be the last time I own a manual transmission car, though .

      Pic after I washed it for new owner. It held up pretty well:




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      I drove two vehicles for 13 years but not exclusively. That car you have there is what got me looking at VWs. We test drive one for the Mrs in that same color, I loved it but my wife wanted something else.

      With just a set of wheels that car looked amazing. Magazines (they're thin glossy paper pamphlet/brochure like books that people would buy, take home and read ) reported that other car companies copied the greenhouse "Bauhaus" design of that Passat.

      Still looks good today. So, what did you have to shell out to keep it going all those years and what are you getting next?

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      09-20-2020 09:15 AM #23
      Loved my '04 4Mo ( in sig) put on 140k miles in the 10 yrs I had her '08 to '18. Only did the control arms once, never had a coil pack issue (although replaced under warranty). I did service the PCV system ( plenty of sludge in there) and had a coolant leak on the back of the head (plastic fitting). Original clutch and did the rear brakes twice, but the fronts only once.
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      09-20-2020 09:32 AM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by randy View Post
      I drove my newly bought 1984 Jetta GLI for 18 years as a daily driver, then in 2002 purchased a 2002 Passat B5.5 1.8T stick shift.

      On the day I picked up the Passat and drove it home, I told my best friend “I will never deny myself a nice car again. I won’t keep this car that long”. Riiight.

      16 years later, today I’m finally selling this pretty solid car. The only thing that went wrong was the heater core plugged up, and cruise control broke. Oh, and a bad valve in gas tank. The car has seen me go from raging rock band/ surfer/snowboard bachelor, to married, kid, and moved to suburbs.

      The new owner promises to show it more love than I have in the last few years (I’m driving 1st gen Highlander mostly last two years).

      Thanks VW. This car was a terrific purchase. It may be the last time I own a manual transmission car, though .

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      I bought my 2004 1.8t, 4motion stick shift in 2009 thinking the same thing: "a couple of years," and I still have it. It's been far more reliable than internet rumor would have you believe. The only failure of note was a dead MAF sensor in year one. The rest has been maintenance. I'm just now, at 180k miles, replacing the control arms.

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      I bet the new owner gets a few good years out of her.
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      09-20-2020 09:34 AM #25
      18 is pretty good! I do really like those cars and the B5.5 was a nice improvement over the B5. I too could drive one of those for many, many years. When the B5 came out mom and dad were shopping for a car, so it was one of the vehicles I test drove. I was absolutely amazed at the handling for such an “ordinary” car! Hell, if I found a nice one for sale I’d still consider it!

      I’m nowhere close to 18 years yet, but we got the Fit at two years old and now it’s 12. My wife drove it for a while when our needs changed, but it’s been my car for more than half of the time we’ve had it. It’s reliable, and almost fun in certain circumstances, but since my commute is mostly freeway it’s far from ideal, yet I don’t see myself buying anything new for a while. I just cracked 200,000, so knowing Honda I should be driving it for another 50,000 or so before I’m done with it. Well, either that or it’ll eventually go to my kid and I’ll get something else.

      I wonder how long I’d drive it if I really loved it!
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