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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 September 25th, 2013, 17:36   #46
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ECS Tuning has a kit you get to switch out to LED bulbs and its only $50.
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Old October 30th, 2013, 01:01   #47
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Hey guys getting ready to test a set of LED license plate bulbs for our car and a set of LED DRL's for those of us who are still running the factory headlight assemblies. I will post pics and DIY instructions once I'm complete.
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Old October 30th, 2013, 07:43   #48
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Link to which bulbs you plan on using? We tried LED DRLs from superbrightleds and abandoned the idea shortly thereafter... hopefully you've come across something better.
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Old October 30th, 2013, 09:04   #49
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Link to which bulbs you plan on using? We tried LED DRLs from superbrightleds and abandoned the idea shortly thereafter... hopefully you've come across something better.
I put in a pair of these from SBL: WLED-x13-CBT: 194 CAN Bus LED Bulb in natural white. No issues and fit into the springy lamp holder.
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Old October 30th, 2013, 11:20   #50
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I agreed to test some out from DeAutoKey.com. It will be a couple of weeks before I get them as they are waiting to finish them.
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Old December 4th, 2013, 15:58   #51
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Hey Robert, bumping this thread because we picked up a set of LED license plates (Chinese knockoffs) and they're way too bright... not really happy with them. So, I'm considering the OEM ones that you have.

It looks to me like you installed the lights backwards. I think the black strip is supposed to be towards the back, which would allow the lenses to project the light towards the tag rather than away from it. Just thought I'd mention it - you'll probably get more light on the tags if you flip them around (perhaps you don't want more light on the tag).
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Old December 4th, 2013, 22:05   #52
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Certainly a possibility.

I will check a '14 Passat when I get to work tomorrow and see where the black strip is located.
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Old December 5th, 2013, 06:12   #53
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Oh that's right, the 14s come with them! Has the price come down any since you started carrying these?
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Old December 7th, 2013, 14:46   #54
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I purchased the LED license plate kit from ECS tuning about 1.5 months ago and it installed with minimal effort. IT LOOKS FANTASTIC!! However, last week the left bulb went out and was indicated by a light on the dash. After calling ECS that night I was contacted the following morning with the offer to send another kit with only having to pay $7 shipping. THANKS ECS!!

This is a great product and I hope the new kit resolves the issue.

Will install later this week. Have to remove some hush mat that is covering up some of the wires.
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Old December 7th, 2013, 15:01   #55
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Pay shipping? I'd be peeved after 1.5 months.
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Old December 8th, 2013, 15:43   #56
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yes...however it was a new kit I was getting rather than just a bulb for the same $7 shipping.....
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Old December 15th, 2013, 18:40   #57
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I put in a pair of these from SBL: WLED-x13-CBT: 194 CAN Bus LED Bulb in natural white. No issues and fit into the springy lamp holder.

I didn't even need "canbus". I just got a regular pair of LED 194 bulbs for $5/pair. As soon as I installed them, I got a BOW. I went into the CECM with VAG COM an checked the box for LED plate lights, and boom! No BOW! So far I'm loving how easy and cheap is it to mod my Passat compared to my B7 A4.
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Old January 13th, 2015, 08:43   #58
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Brought back from the dead files

I am going to try these bulbs from pilot, picked them up at oreillys for 13.00 a pair. I want the LEDs but at the lower factory output so we will see how bright these are.

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LED's look trick, I can spot a 14 at night in a second
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I hope these work, they will require VCDS, but will be cheap alternative if they work.

And love the factory plate lights also.
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