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JFettig August 19th, 2010 18:53

The 1998 B5 Passat TDI (one of 2 stateside?)
 
It is no longer a myth, it does exist. I drove it home last night.

http://stuff.jfettigmachines.com/tdi/tn_IMG_2111.JPG
http://stuff.jfettigmachines.com/tdi/tn_IMG_2116.JPG
http://stuff.jfettigmachines.com/tdi/tn_IMG_2129.JPG
http://stuff.jfettigmachines.com/tdi/tn_IMG_2130.JPG

According to the myth, the front seat was chewed up from the auto show:

http://stuff.jfettigmachines.com/tdi/tn_IMG_2121.JPG

Here is a thread that talks about either this one, or the other one.

http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=125610

I've got lots more pictures I can post later.
It needs a serious cleaning. I am hoping to find a whole new interior for it.

Jon

compu_85 August 19th, 2010 18:57

Looks like it has an AHU engine? What does the timing belt cover say?

-J

VeeDubTDI August 19th, 2010 19:03

Nice find! A little TLC should get it looking pretty nice. :cool:

dieseldorf August 19th, 2010 19:12

Very cool! Thanks for posting the pictures of the fabled car. Welcome aboard!

dieseldorf August 19th, 2010 19:20

Hey, maybe now Fred will get around to correctly naming the Passat TDI forums since there are officially B5 and B5.5 diesels in NAmerica! :)

JFettig August 19th, 2010 20:16

Quote:

Originally Posted by compu_85 (Post 3084593)
Looks like it has an AHU engine? What does the timing belt cover say?

-J

One friend who's done some looking around thinks its a 1z, I can't find the engine code anywhere. Where on the t-belt cover would the code be?

I forgot to post this, check out my awesome passenger side mirror:
http://stuff.jfettigmachines.com/tdi/tn_IMG_2113.JPG


Oh yeah, don't knock the seat covers, they came with it and I'm gonna sport them until I find new seats for this guy.

Jon

sirpuddingfoot August 19th, 2010 21:25

I didn't see anything on the TB cover (and don't on the picture)... Jon did a little gunk scraping and I swear I recall seeing 5xxxx1z (number of Xs and 5 debatable) stamped right behind the TB cover on the engine and below the lift point.

Seat covers are hawt.

VW-TDI August 19th, 2010 22:56

:) Wow!!! Rarest TDI in United States... And believe it or not it appear on KBB 1998 VW Passat (option TDI sedan). And I checked Blue book price for 98 Passat 1.8T and compared price with KBB 98 Passat TDI - price is double for TDI....
Good luck new owner!!!!!!!!!

JFettig August 20th, 2010 04:45

Quote:

Originally Posted by sirpuddingfoot (Post 3084733)
I didn't see anything on the TB cover (and don't on the picture)... Jon did a little gunk scraping and I swear I recall seeing 5xxxx1z (number of Xs and 5 debatable) stamped right behind the TB cover on the engine and below the lift point.

Seat covers are hawt.


The number you think you saw isn't the number you think you saw. still looking.

And thanks for the kind welcomes :)

Jon

dieseldorf August 20th, 2010 04:53

Jon, this car is fitted with a proper transmission, right? how is the overall performance? Does the car have the standard underhood (and door jamb) stickers you'd see on a USA car?

Windex August 20th, 2010 05:13

Where did you find it? Did the seller know what he had? Where did they get it?

I don't suppose its a standard...?

JFettig August 20th, 2010 05:24

I haven't looked at all of the stickers yet, I'll take a look. There isn't one on the tb cover anymore.

I actually found this on craigslist, a random "TDI" search, amazing price.

The tranny is a 5 speed, it should be the proper tranny, its the stock one that came with the car I'd assume and the performance is what I'd expect from a 1.9TDI.
The VIN shows that it is a TDI: WVWMG63B9WE225140


Jon

nate379 August 20th, 2010 06:07

Ok someone want to fill me in on what a B5 is and why this car is rare? None of the pics are loading for me either.

Lug_Nut August 20th, 2010 06:29

There were only 2 (3 if the VW database is to be believed) of these legally imported into North America.
But then, the VW database has all three listed as "GLX" trim level.

JFettig, Could you look under the carpeting in the trunk, to see if there is a factory build sticker still there? It might be in the spare tire well. I'd be interested on knowing the engine code, gearbox code and if the car is indeed GLX or if it's GLS or GL.

JFettig August 20th, 2010 06:52

Quote:

Originally Posted by nate379 (Post 3084937)
Ok someone want to fill me in on what a B5 is and why this car is rare? None of the pics are loading for me either.

B5 is 1998 to 2001.5 Passats, the first smoothed out(not boxy) Passat body style. They did a facelift mid 2001 and had more TDIs in 2004 and 2005 I believe were the years.

I just got to work, I'll take a look when I'm on break or after work for the

I'm not sure which trim level it has, it has the older lower level radio and climate control(not climatronic) and leather interior but no power seats. Its definitely a downgrade from my '00 GLX but not too much(not considering the condition the interior is in).

Jon


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