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VW Passat Family (NMS and B7) TDIs (2012+) Discussion area for the 2012+ Passat TDI (North American and rest of world versions versions). The North American model was previously codenamed NMS (New Midsize Sedan) and the version the rest of the world gets is sometimes referred to as B7.

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Old December 12th, 2012, 13:14   #31
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Tip for photographing lights: set your camera to Tungsten (the little light bulb icon).
Meh, just fix it in post-processing
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Old December 17th, 2012, 17:03   #32
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I need a set of those, but my pockets aren't that deep pockets for something I will barely see.

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Old March 24th, 2013, 09:32   #33
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Nice mod OP. Will these work on a mk6 Jetta?
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Old March 25th, 2013, 11:53   #34
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Dumb question (and really, not intended to start flames), but what purpose does upgrading these lights serve? Just (almost) never having to change out a bulb?
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Old March 25th, 2013, 12:11   #35
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That and the light is a cooler temperature.

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Old March 25th, 2013, 12:31   #36
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Raw,

These are the same exact lights found on the one of the new Jetta's (I can't remember if it is GLI or Hybrid). But yes, they will work on your Jetta.

JCK, No offense taken. But yeah, there is that and a few other reasons.

I am a tech junkie. I love LED's because they are so much more efficient (just like my TDI). They make more light, while consuming less power.

Which is the same reason I just spent about $1,200 to upgrade to the LED taillights and HID/LED headlights. See better and be seen better.
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Old April 1st, 2013, 20:34   #37
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Thanks. Yet another mid added to the to do list.


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Old April 1st, 2013, 23:59   #38
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I am a tech junkie. I love LED's because they are so much more efficient (just like my TDI). They make more light, while consuming less power.

Which is the same reason I just spent about $1,200 to upgrade to the LED taillights and HID/LED headlights. See better and be seen better.
Same here. I'm slowly trying to convert my ol' Dodge to all LED bulbs. There's just something cool knowing that there's more power available for other components. The white light given is crisp and a being higher on the color temp scale, produces a natural/pure white color.
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Old April 2nd, 2013, 13:26   #39
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Seeing that Vw detects a low power draw as a bulb out one has to put resistors to fool the canbus into detecting a bulb being present yes?

If yes doesn't the resistor waste as much current as a halogen bulb you intend to replace?


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Seeing that VW detects a low power draw as a bulb out one has to put resistors to fool the canbus into detecting a bulb being present yes? No. Mods to the BCM (Body Control Module) through VCDS can correct the "bulb out" indication. If in the scenario that you don't have access to VCDS and want LEDs that bad then, yes, resistors would be necessary.

If yes doesn't the resistor waste as much current as a halogen bulb you intend to replace? Yes because the resistor simulates the load of a standard/incandescent bulb.
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Old April 3rd, 2013, 18:18   #41
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Thanks for the clarification.


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Old April 4th, 2013, 10:32   #42
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I'm a fan of the older method of "bulb out" indication: walk around the car and observe every now and then.

I find this is good for tire pressure monitoring too!
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Old April 4th, 2013, 10:48   #43
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Hehe At least the new cars tell you which lamp is out. Older systems just threw a general bulb failure and you had to guess which one the system was grumpy about.

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My name's Robert, and I am a technology addict.

That said, I found Vw has some LED license plate lights that I have been thinking about installing on my '13 Passat. They're pricey buggers, but they are OEM, DOT approved, should have better output than a bulb replacement LED, and should last longer.

The part number is 3AF-943-021-A. At almost $45 EACH that's a hard pill to swallow... But they appear to be a direct fit with only some minor VCDS coding required to keep the bulb out light from rearing it's ugly head.

Hello Robert, it appears that you have given VW a great idea....

As I get to learn more about my '14 Passat, once of the things I have noticed is that VW has not only added a backup camera, but has also switched to or installed the very same lights (part #) on my car. It appears to be another undocumented change for the new year.




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Neat! I still want to pick up a set of these eventually.
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