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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 16th, 2013, 19:05   #16
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I say "yes" to the car wash. Might as well find out if you have a problem while you are under warranty rather than discovering the problem when you are not.
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Old December 16th, 2013, 20:29   #17
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I have an all you can eat pass for the local touch less wash. Whenever I'm in the neighborhood I go through. Whenever it's salty, I try and go once a day. In the summer, I generally bathe and wax my own car out in the driveway. It's good exercise and living in a condo, it's one of the only things I can do outside in our stupid little lot.

No issues so far (knock on wood) with sunroof drains though in the touch less.
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Old December 17th, 2013, 14:56   #18
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I have an all you can eat pass for the local touch less wash. Whenever I'm in the neighborhood I go through. Whenever it's salty, I try and go once a day. In the summer, I generally bathe and wax my own car out in the driveway. It's good exercise and living in a condo, it's one of the only things I can do outside in our stupid little lot.

No issues so far (knock on wood) with sunroof drains though in the touch less.
Good to here! I guess I'll try it out. I know that I should do it by hand, but I'm a lazy bastard...
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Old February 11th, 2014, 18:24   #19
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I just installed the Osram 65w in both cars. I installed only one first in each car, drove around a bit, faced the garage wall...hmmm...I couldn't see any difference in either car between the 55w and the 65w. Any thoughts? I've got the Passat voltage as high as it can go.
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Old February 12th, 2014, 14:51   #20
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I just installed the Osram 65w in both cars. I installed only one first in each car, drove around a bit, faced the garage wall...hmmm...I couldn't see any difference in either car between the 55w and the 65w. Any thoughts? I've got the Passat voltage as high as it can go.
I eventually turned the bulb-saver feature off altogether. I definitely think that my headlights are brighter and whiter with the 65w Rallyes running full alternator voltage. Dumb question, but are you sure that you installed them in the low beams and not the high beams? (I replaced all four in mine with the Rallyes)
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Old February 13th, 2014, 07:47   #21
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I just installed the Osram 65w in both cars. I installed only one first in each car, drove around a bit, faced the garage wall...hmmm...I couldn't see any difference in either car between the 55w and the 65w. Any thoughts? I've got the Passat voltage as high as it can go.
I agree with you, I don't have VCDS so I still have the bulb saver option on. I didn't really notice any diff. between a 55W and the 65W rallys.
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Old February 13th, 2014, 12:32   #22
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Yes, I installed them in the low-beam plug. Good question, though...
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Old February 13th, 2014, 17:07   #23
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Silverstar Ultras in both hi and low, bulb extension off, and it is a night and day difference from stock. I also adjusted them up a bit...


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Old February 13th, 2014, 20:29   #24
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I too have Silverstar Ultras in both high and low beam positions. I increased the voltage to 13.0 volts and can't say if I've noticed much of a difference either. Although, while parked facing a wall, the headlights seem to be a higher color temperature (whiter light) compared to the fog lights even though the fogs are the factory supplied bulbs. Which could simply be the reason why I see the difference in comparison.

From what I'm reading here, adjusting the voltage does NOT disable the bulb life extender, correct? If that is the case, I will hook to the car and go through VCDS again and disable the bulb life extension.
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Old February 13th, 2014, 20:43   #25
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Actually, I was replacing Silverstar Ultras 55w with the Osram 65w...sigh...
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From what I'm reading here, adjusting the voltage does NOT disable the bulb life extender, correct? If that is the case, I will hook to the car and go through VCDS again and disable the bulb life extension.
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Old February 14th, 2014, 12:24   #27
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Thanks, Loki.

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put in the Osrams from Candlepower at $76 for 4 and thought it was a pretty good upgrade for the money, much better light but still lacking a little, I was coming from a 2010 accord that I retrofitted with s2k projectors but that cost me over $700 and the output is unreal, makes my other car with stock xenons really seem dim by comparison but after turning off the bulb saving feature via vcds i now have pretty respectable output and am happy with it plus my sister-in-law just bought a 14', I told her i'll do the upgrade for her, found this

http://www.ebay.com/itm/10X-OSRAM-Sy...-/171264843521

on ebay and figured what the heck, they appear to be the real deal and i cannot tell the difference when comparing them side to side, now i can change out low beams every year for $10!

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Old March 13th, 2014, 07:36   #29
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I too have Silverstar Ultras in both high and low beam positions. I increased the voltage to 13.0 volts and can't say if I've noticed much of a difference either. Although, while parked facing a wall, the headlights seem to be a higher color temperature (whiter light) compared to the fog lights even though the fogs are the factory supplied bulbs. Which could simply be the reason why I see the difference in comparison.

From what I'm reading here, adjusting the voltage does NOT disable the bulb life extender, correct? If that is the case, I will hook to the car and go through VCDS again and disable the bulb life extension.
The fog bulbs (H8) are only 35W.
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Old March 13th, 2014, 08:44   #30
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The fog bulbs (H8) are only 35W.
But you can retrofit 55W H11s by dremeling down the big tab on the base about 1/16" on each side for a noticeable improvement in output.
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